“And the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:8-9)

Congratulations on your engagement and decision to enter into Catholic marriage! St. Rose of Lima & the Korean Martyrs is here to assist you as you approach this sacrament.

Whether you have made prayer a priority up until now or not, the first thing you can do is pray for your future spouse. It’s no secret that wedding planning can be overwhelming, even stressful, so taking some quiet time to pray together—however awkward it may seem or feel—will bring you peace.

Attending Sunday mass together and going to reconciliation (confession) are ways of inviting God into your engagement and love. Receiving God’s boundless love and mercy will undoubtedly affect the love you and your spouse have for each other.

How do I get started?

The day and time of the wedding must be arranged in person by the prospective bride and groom themselves as soon as they feel called to marry. No arrangement can be made by phone or parents. All arrangements should be made 9-12 months prior to the wedding date and done prior to scheduling the reception.

This first meeting with the Pastor may be scheduled by calling the parish at (757) 245-5513

Please bring with you the following:

  1. For baptized Christians, a recent copy (6 months or less) of baptismal certificate.

  2. For unbaptized, a copy of birth certificate.

Sacramental certificates may be obtained by calling the church where they took place. If the church has been closed, call a nearby parish or the chancery of the diocese to see where the records are kept. All other steps will be presented during your appointment with the pastor.

All couples should visit the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Marriage Preparation page.

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