MARRIAGE

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

PREPARING FOR GRACE

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.

STEP 1: MARRIAGE REQUEST

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.

Complete Marriage Request Form

STEP 2: COMPATIBILITY STUDY

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.

STEP 3: SPONSOR COUPLE PROGRAM

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.

STEP 4: MEETING WITH LITURGY ASSISTANT

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.

STEP 5: PRE CANA RETREAT

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

STEP 6: NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

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.

STEP 7: WORSHIP MEETING

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.

Required documents

  1. Baptismal Certificate or a Profession of Faith Certificate issued within six months from the Catholic church of your baptism or where you became a Catholic, with any sacramental notations listed on the back and/or proof of baptism for an non Catholic.
  2. Four Witness Affidavits of Freedom to Marry, two for the groom, and another two for the bride (provided by the liturgical assistant). They must be completed and returned to the assistant.
  3. A valid civil marriage license issued by any County Clerk’s office in the State of Texas. We ask that you bring your marriage license to the Parish Office 10 weeks before the wedding.

QUESTIONS?

CONTACT US

WE'RE HERE TO HELP

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.

Candy Warner

Director of Liturgical Ministries & Marriage Preparation

office: 817.431.3176


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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE WEDDINGS CELEBRATED?

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.

WILL WE HAVE A REHEARSAL?

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.

SHOULD MASS BE CELEBRATED AT OUR WEDDING?

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.

SHOULD WE HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR?

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.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC SHOULD WE HAVE?

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.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO DECORATE?

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.

  • Decorations are not required. The natural beauty of the church already enhances the dignity of the ceremony.
  • Seasonal decor (Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter) may not be changed or moved. During these times, additional décor should be appropriate to the season.
  • All existing plants and flowers in the church are to remain in place.
  • If flowers or plants are to remain in the church after the ceremony, please inform the liturgical assistant in advance. If you choose to you may donate your flowers.
  • Artificial floral arrangements, greenery, and plants are not allowed inside the church.
  • Tape, Velcro, staples, clamps, floral pins, etc., are not allowed on the chairs or pews.
  • Carpet runners are not allowed.
  • Flower petals (real or artificial) may not be thrown or dropped down the aisle. Rice, birdseed, confetti, flower petals, may not, under any circumstances, be thrown on the church grounds.
  • Existing sanctuary candles are used in the ceremony. Other candles may not be used.
  • The church is available for floral setup no earlier than one hour before the ceremony.
  • Florists are responsible for reclaiming any décor provided immediately after the ceremony. No items are to be left in the church or chapel for temporary storage. The church should be left in the same order as they are found.

IS PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY ALLOWED?

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:

  • The photographer/videographer must check in with the Liturgical Assistant before the wedding begins.
  • Pictures/video may be taken in the church earlier than one  hour before the ceremony and ending 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony
  • Setup of photographic equipment must be completed 20 minutes before the ceremony begins. It is important that the ceremony begins on time.
  • Neither the photographer nor the videographer is allowed in the area in front of/near the tabernacle inside the altar rail. The videographer is encouraged to remain stationary throughout the ceremony. Photographs may be taken in the preparation areas.
  • No artificial lighting or flash photography during the ceremony. Please do not stop or interrupt the procession once it has begun. All photographs should be respectful of the sacredness of the church, i.e., no inappropriate poses.
  • No hidden  photography/videography is allowed, such as cameras in bouquets etc.
  • After the ceremony, photography/videography is limited to one hour to ensure vacating the church in the time frame is respected.