Director of Liturgical Ministries & Marriage Preparation
Here at St Elizabeth Ann Seton, we are honored to help our couples prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. We are committed to helping you prepare for your wedding and supporting you throughout your married life at our parish. Our preparation process will help you prayerfully grow in your understanding of the theology of marriage, as well as the more practical aspects of living out your vocation as a married couple. We provide resources and support to help make yours a lasting and joyful marriage.
To begin preparations, please fill out the marriage request to let us know you will be attending the wedding information session. Our marriage coordinator will help guide you throughout each step of the process. She will provide you with a wedding packet containing information about wedding requirements and help answer any questions you have at the wedding information session. This information session is held in the parish hall on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm, except in December.
The Fully Engaged Assessment is a study that will help you identify the specific areas in your relationship that are your greatest strengths, as well as the areas that may be challenging or have the highest potential for growth.
We set our couples up for success by including meetings with successfully married couples as part of our preparation. Together, the four of you will talk about your relationship, go over the results of your compatibility study, and discuss ways to continue improving your relationship with each other and Christ.
Together, the two of you will meet about the Sacrament of Matrimony, and fill out the necessary paperwork to obtain a Nihil Obstat giving you permission to marry in the Catholic Church.
You will have the opportunity to go on a weekend retreat It is a group gathering, held at a location in the Diocese of Ft Worth with several engaged couples from the diocese who also are in the process of marriage preparation. This class scheduled through the Diocese of Ft Worth at fwdioc.org
You will meet with a natural family planning instructor to learn how to monitor and record different fertility signals to help in planning a family. This gives the couple an opportunity to grow in holiness in an intimate way.
Once you have chosen the selections from Scriptures and prayers from the Together for Life booklet, you will meet with our liturgical assistant who will assist you to review your readings, blessings, and vows for the ceremony. You will also meet with the Director of Music to discuss the wedding liturgy so you ceremony will offer true and fitting worship to God. This meeting should take place at least two months before the wedding.
We recognize that not everyone's faith journey looks the same. So whatever the situation, we're here to assist each couple on their unique journey. If you have questions or concerns about the process, just let us know.
If you've been married before or married outside the Catholic Church, we would be honored to assist you with a sanation or a convalidation ceremony. Please contact for more information about having your marriage recognized through the Church. It can be a simple paperwork process
Your wedding day will take a great deal of preparation, and we are here to help. Below are some frequently asked questions and practical guidelines to ensure a reverent and joyful celebration of the Rite of Marriage within the Sacred Liturgy. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Church, Saturdays at 10:00 am or 1:00 pm.
Special weekday/weekend wedding dates are permitted if the parish schedule allows.
The wedding party has the use of the church and areas for dressing for no more than one hour before the ceremony and one hour after the conclusion of the ceremony. The ceremony must begin and end on schedule. Please designate a family member or friend to care for your items.
Rehearsals are generally the evening before the wedding. However, some may be scheduled on other days due to prior events already scheduled. Rehearsal times are 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm. During Advent and Lent no wedding are scheduled due to the penitential nature of the season.
Our Liturgical assistant conduct rehearsals, which last no longer than one hour. All members of the wedding party, including attendants, ushers, parents, lectors should attend.
The Catholic Rite of Marriage takes place within the Sacred Liturgy – the Church’s praise of God. By its nature, Sacred Liturgy is a celebration of the universal Church. The wedding liturgy reflects this aspect when a groom and bride profess their solemn vows to each other before God and His people assembled. To manifest our corporate worship and as we do at Sunday Mass, each wedding begins with a liturgical procession with the cross of Christ leading, honored seating such as padrinos and grandparents are next, the priest/deacon, followed by the wedding party. Then a processional hymn unites our minds and hearts as we begin our worship, praising God and asking His blessings upon the church and the couple marrying.
The Rite of Marriage may be celebrated during a Mass, or a Liturgy of the Word with no Holy Communion.
Rite of Marriage during a Mass is the norm when both the groom and bride are practicing Catholics.
Rite of Marriage outside of Mass – Liturgy of the Word with no Holy Communion is the norm when a Catholic marries a baptized non-Catholic.
Rite of Marriage outside of Mass – Liturgy of the Word with no Holy Communion must be used when a Catholic marries a non-baptized person.
To prepare for the Sacred Liturgy, you receive a book, Together for Life, that outlines your choices for prayers and Scripture readings. Please select lectors who are comfortable reading in public. Practicing Catholics and/or practicing baptized, non-Catholics may read the first and second readings.
With the Rite of Marriage during Mass, you are to choose two practicing Catholics to present the gifts of bread and wine. Since we as Catholics believe these gifts will become the Body and Blood of Christ, it would be inappropriate to ask a non-Catholic to present these gifts when his or her faith tradition does not believe in the real presence of the Eucharist.
Since the Catholic Church adheres to the rubrics for its Sacred Liturgy, we will assign two Liturgical Assistants for your liturgy. If you do hire a consultant or coordinator, we respectfully request they honor all aspects of the Church’s liturgy. Moreover, they do not conduct the wedding rehearsal or interfere with the ceremony itself. Your consultant or coordinator may assist if they are requested to do so.
Our Music Director will assist you in planning your music for the ceremony. You will receive a booklet, Together for Life, that will aid in the selection of readings, prayers, blessings. Please schedule your meeting with two months before your wedding.
Flowers and other décor are permitted as part of the wedding environment as long as they do not distract from the focus of the liturgy or cause damage to the church, chapel or furnishings. Liturgical decorations may not be changed or moved.
The following policies are in place to ensure the appropriate placement and use of flowers and other decorations in the narthex, and to ensure the beauty and sacredness of the church and chapel are respected and maintained.
Since the church is a sacred place of prayer and worship, appropriate professional and reverent behavior is expected at all times on church premises. The overriding principle of a photographer or videographer is to be inconspicuous and discreet. The taking of photographs must never distract the bride, groom, and their guests from the Liturgy.
Please encourage your guests to silence their cell phones and refrain from flashing or holding the phone up during the ceremony for recording.
Before contracting with your photographer/videographer, please be sure the following policies are acknowledged and will be followed: