To begin marriage preparation at St. Paul Catholic Church, please call the Parish Office at 850-434-2551 to set up an appointment with one of the priests or deacons. Marriage preparation should begin 6 (six) months prior to the proposed wedding date. Weddings will not be scheduled more than one year out. For example, if you are contacting the Parish Office on January 1, 2018 we will not schedule a wedding past January 1 2019.
When coming to the Catholic Church to be married, you are asking the Church to allow you to share in its vocation and in the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Church welcomes you and rejoices in your desire to mature in faith by living the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Weddings at St. Paul Church are typically scheduled on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Weddings may also be scheduled on Fridays between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. However, weddings may occur any day of the week with the exception of Holy Week at which time no weddings are scheduled.
“More than ever necessary in our times is preparation of young people for marriage and family life. In some countries it is still the families themselves that, according to ancient customs, ensure the passing on to young people of the values concerning married and family life, and they do this through a gradual process of education or initiation. But the changes that have taken place within almost all modern societies demand that not only the family but also society and the church should be involved in the effort of properly preparing young people for their future responsibilities.” Saint Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio 66
An extensive account of the teaching of the Catholic Church on the Sacrament of Marriage is given in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601-1666
Visit this excellent site from the United States Bishops: http://foryourmarriage.org/