An Our Lady of The Lake Wedding Coordinator will help you with all coordination with your Wedding ceremony. They will facilitate your rehearsal and the ceremony on your wedding day and will be always available to help answer any questions you may encounter. Photographers, videographers, bridal consultants, and similar persons need to confer with the Parish Wedding Coordinator regarding all plans. Weddings are scheduled for Saturdays at 1:30 pm and rehearsals the evening before at 5:00 pm.
Should there be a Mass? There are two liturgical options for celebrating your marriage: the Rite of Marriage within Mass, and the Rite of Marriage without Mass. For a marriage between two Catholics, the Church recommends that the rite of marriage take place within the celebration of the Eucharist. If there are questions, feel free to discuss them with the priest or deacon who will be presiding at your ceremony. For marriage between a Catholic and a non baptized person, the rite of marriage will be celebrated outside Mass.
How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church? Actually, nothing. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2121) states very clearly that Sacraments are not for sale. We strive to celebrate all the sacraments with ceremony, dignity, beauty and prayerfulness, and in the manner intended by the Roman Catholic Church. Please keep in mind that the model for the celebration of a marriage is the Sunday Eucharist. The parish provides the services of several members of the staff, formation for the couple and a dignified environment to help facilitate the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage. The facility cost and stipends associated with a wedding fall into three categories:
(1) Facility Cost. If you are registered parishioners, the amount is $600 (facility fee $300 and $300 to secure a wedding ceremony date and process the paperwork (paperwork fee is still $300 even if married at another church). The $300 to secure the facility is nonrefundable). In no case should financial circumstances prevent a couple from approaching the Parish for marriage. (2) Music ministers and others. In addition to an accompanist/organist, weddings may feature instrumentalists, a cantor and other singers. Fees can be discussed when the couple meets with the music director. If the celebration includes a Mass, and altar servers are present, they should be given a small offering. (3) Celebrant’s stipend. The services of the priest or deacon are free, but it is customary to offer a stipend. Usually, no specific amount is suggested.
Worship Aid(program) A printed worship aid, when properly prepared, encourages the active participation in the spoken and sung prayers of the service and helps those who are unfamiliar with the Catholic Liturgy to understand its basic structure. A worship aid also provides a thoughtful remembrance of the occasion. If you wish, a worship aid that you can copy for your wedding guests will be provided.
Lectors In selecting someone to do the scripture readings, please keep in mind that the person who fills this liturgical role will be proclaiming the Word of God. These individuals should be instructed at the rehearsal on the appropriate timing and method to proclaiming the scriptures. It is most important that they be able to read so that the assembly can hear the Word of God.
Copies of the readings will be provided by the wedding coordinator and placed on the ambo (pulpit) prior to the liturgy. There is no need for the readers to carry a copy of the reading to the ambo.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion If your wedding will include the celebration of the Eucharist, there may be a need for extraordinary ministers to help with the distribution of Holy Communion. Family or friends who function as extraordinary ministers in their own parishes may fill this role during the wedding. Please discuss this matter with the PA for Marriage when planning the liturgy.
The Wedding Liturgy
Approximately one to two months prior to your ceremony you will meet to plan the details of your ceremony using the planning booklet given to you at your first meeting. The Wedding Liturgy is modeled on the Sunday Liturgy of the Parish, with the addition of the Rite of Marriage and Processional Music. Following is a brief outline of the Liturgy:
INTRODUCTORY RITES Gathering of Assembly Processional Gathering Song (optional) Greeting Opening Prayer
LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading – read by a friend or family member Responsorial Psalm (sung by the Cantor) Second Reading – read by a friend or family member Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia—sung by the Cantor) Gospel Reading – proclaimed by the priest Homily – priest or deacon
RITE OF MARRIAGE Exchange of Consent, Vows, Rings Song after vows (optional) Prayer of the Faithful
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST - (for Weddings with Mass) Preparation of Table and Gifts Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations (Holy, Holy; Acclamation; Great Amen) Breaking of Bread Communion Procession
CLOSING Nuptial Blessing Lord’s Prayer Final Blessing Recessional
Our Lady of The Lake is a Roman Catholic Community called to faith, love and service. We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrate Eucharist, and serve by fostering Gospel values that promote the dignity of the human person, the importance of family, and the common good of all.
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