Weddings / Blessings of Marriages
The celebration of Matrimony is only to take place at Camp St. Malo through the agreement of the couple and the wedding coordinator. All couples desiring to be married in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel are required to complete the marriage preparation set out by their Diocese. The USCCB describes marriage as a sacrament and therefore, the couple is asked to prepare for this beautiful sacrament. The USCCB states that:
Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Dioceses and parishes offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
Marriage preparation programs take different forms. Some couples attend a weekend retreat; others are matched with a “sponsor couple;” and others participate in a series of marriage preparation classes offered by their parish or diocese. The important thing for engaged couples to keep in mind as they check numerous items off their pre-wedding “to-do” list is the well-known adage, “Your wedding lasts a day, but your marriage lasts a lifetime.” The Church encourages couples to invest time and energy into the all-important work of preparing for their married life together.
Marriage preparation for those within the Archdiocese of Denver: Please contact your local parish 8 – 9 months ahead of the intended date of your wedding. Please complete the marriage preparation according to our Archdiocese standards and are to send the paperwork to Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. We ask that the pre-marriage documents be sent into us at least 1 month before the Celebration of Matrimony. This enables us to check that all the requirements have been met and that the couple understands the commitment that they are making to each other in the presence of the Church and the congregation. For additional information about Marriage Preparation in the Archdiocese of Denver, click here.
Marriage preparation for those located outside of the Archdiocese of Denver: Follow your diocesan guidelines for marriage preparation. This is done by first meeting with your own pastor and determining the best action plan for meeting the timing required.
Once all marriage prep is completed at your home parish, your marriage prep mentor will provide all permissions and paperwork to your own diocesan chancery. They will review and send to our chancery, and they will turn it in to us. Please note this process takes a few weeks to complete – please allow enough time for the documents to arrive at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church 1 month before the Celebration of Matrimony. If we at Camp St. Malo have not received the documents through our chancery we cannot proceed with the wedding.
**Any couple considering marriage for the second time should give time for the annulment procedure. Archdiocesan law prohibits the scheduling of a wedding until the annulment process is complete, and the answer is affirmative.