Marriage is the celebration of the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation and mutual support and love. It is one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church and therefore, the Diocese norm requires the couple to contact the priest at least four to six months in advance of the marriage for sacramental preparation and necessary documentation. The bride or groom must be registered as a member of St. Mary Parish. Couples from another parish, must have permission of their pastor to begin preparation work. Please contact a priest in the Parish Office to begin this process.