Marriage

Parishioners who have participated in a Catholic marriage preparation process are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Couples should contact the pastor at least a year before their desired wedding date to make arrangements. Please note that a date cannot be set until the first meeting with the pastor.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage begins 9-12 months before your anticipated wedding day. There are many factors that can slow down the process, so it is important to begin right away. We also encourage you to wait for this first meeting before making deposits on a banquet facility.

All individuals (Catholic, non-Catholic, unbaptized) who have been previously married and divorced and who wish to marry in the Catholic Church, need to have their previous marriage(s) declared invalid through the annulment process by the Springfield Diocesan Tribunal before marrying again. You may petition for an annulment without having any marriage plans. Annulments are to be completed before beginning the marriage preparation process.