* For more information, or to reserve a specific date, you must contact the parish office at 314-726-1221.
Please read the following “Guidelines and Policies for Weddings in St. Joseph Church,” very carefully before making a final decision and confirming your wedding date.
Thank you for considering St. Joseph Church as the location for the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. St. Joseph Church is a historic Roman Catholic Church. This religious ceremony, celebrating the beginning of your marriage, is also a revelatory moment in your life and in the lives of all those present. It reveals to you, your guests and the entire world where God has chosen to dwell. Our Scripture says, “God is Love”. By your being in love, God dwells with you. That is why we speak of marriage as a Sacrament; we believe that the love you share in marriage becomes a sign to all whom you will meet of the closeness, the love and the wonder of the presence of God.
We at St. Joseph look forward to the opportunity to work with you during this special time. We want to assist as you prepare for one of the most wonderful experiences of human life—celebrating your love in marriage and God’s presence in your lives. The following policies, established and approved by the Pastor, are to be strictly adhered to during all wedding services taking place in St. Joseph Catholic Church.
– St. Joseph Parish Family
PRELIMINARY PREPARATION INFORMATION
* The Bishops of Missouri have implemented a common marriage policy. The priest or deacon who will witness your marriage will guide you through this policy.
1) To receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Couples are required to begin marriage preparation not less than six months in advance of the anticipated wedding date. This is a Saint Louis Archdiocesan policy. Couples are required to take a FOCCUS test and complete a Pre-Nuptial Inquiry.
2) Couples are also required to attend a Marriage Preparation Program and a Natural Family Planning Class approved by the Archdiocese. Information about such programs can be obtained from the Archdiocesan Family Life Office at 314-792-7182 or go to www.archstl.org/laityandfamilylife/.
3) If you are not a member of St. Joseph – Clayton you must make arrangements with a priest or deacon to preside at the wedding liturgy. This priest or deacon must be in good standing in this Archdiocese and have proper ecclesiastical faculties. No other arrangements should be made before contacting a priest. The priest or deacon who will preside at the wedding liturgy must be willing to complete the Pre-Nuptial inquiry, obtaining all dispensations and documents needed. This priest or deacon must also agree to complete all marriage preparations with the couple required by the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.
4) A confirmation is needed from the priest or deacon that he is assuming responsibility for your marriage preparation before a wedding date can be scheduled tentatively. Weddings are never scheduled tentatively until this confirmation is received. A form “For Officiating Priest/Deacon” which he will sign and return, will be mailed directly to him.
5) The Nuptial Mass may be celebrated as part of the Liturgy of Matrimony only if both the bride and the groom are practicing Roman Catholics. Special permission must be obtained for a Mass to be celebrated at a wedding between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic.
If both the bride and groom are practicing Catholics the Liturgy of Matrimony is preferably celebrated within a Nuptial Mass. However, if one of the parties is not Catholic and also not baptized, the marriage ceremony cannot be celebrated within a Mass.
1) Church Documents Required by the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and St. Joseph:
- The Pre-Nuptial Inquiry
- Premarital Inventory (FOCCUS)
- Marriage Preparation Seminars (Weekend for the Engaged; Pre-Cana Classes)
- Natural Family Planning Class
- Permission letters from home parish priest, if not a member of St. Joseph (form available from St. Joseph on request)
- Proper Dispensations if needed
- Baptismal Certificates – with proper notations, dated within six months of your marriage.
These documents are to be given to your officiant, He is to see that these documents are in St. Joseph Church Office not less than one month prior to the wedding date.
2) Civil License
The couple must obtain a Marriage License from the State of Missouri, following the laws of the State. It is your responsibility to bring this license to your wedding rehearsal and present it to the Priest /Deacon who will be presiding at your Wedding Liturgy.
A) Parishioners – $300
A parishioner is one who has been attending St. Joseph Church as a registered parishioner, receiving the weekly donation envelopes and contributing for at least 6 months prior to the date of the wedding. The fee for the Church does not include a gift for your Officiant or others who assist at the wedding or rehearsal.
The fee for the wedding sacristan who assists at the rehearsal and the wedding is $35. The fee for each server (when provided by St. Joseph Parish) is $25. An envelope for the sacristan and each server should accompany your payment to the church. Please make this payment in cash. If you are not being married within Mass you will not need a server. If you are providing your own server you can give an appreciation to them directly.
B) Immediate family member of parishioners (child) – $300
C) Non-Parishioners – $700
A wedding date will not be confirmed until payment in full is received. The fee for the Church does not include a gift for your Officiant or others who assist at the wedding or rehearsal. The fee for the wedding sacristan who assists at the rehearsal and the wedding is $35. The fee for each server (when provided by St. Joseph Parish) is $25. An envelope for the sacristan and each server should accompany your payment to the church. Please make this payment in cash. If you are not being married within Mass you will not need a server. If you are providing your own server you can give an appreciation to them directly. If you cancel your wedding at any time, half of the church fee will be refunded, and the entire amount for the Sacristan and Service with be returned to you.