“ A marriage that last a lifetime, demands love, loyalty, forgiveness, and God’s grace!” author unknown.
We recognize how important it is for couples to set their wedding dates early enough to secure all the other reservation that are needed for such a special event. It is important for you to realize that sufficient time must be set aside for your spiritual preparation for this Sacrament. Diocesan guidelines for marriage preparation ideally are designed to take place over eight months to a year. St. Patrick Church of Merna require a minimum time of six months preparation. Please contact the parish office at 309-662-7361 to set an appointment to discuss the marriage preparation program with a priest.
Catholic Diocesan of Peoria Marriage Preparation Policy - CLICK HERE
In the event that there may be an impediment to the marriage, such as a prior marriage, or the desire of one the parties to enter the Catholic Church, additional time may be required. This is something that will be discussed with the priest preparing you for marriage.
You are cautioned against making firm commitments with the reception facilities, caterers, photographer, etc. until after your initial meeting with the priest.
St. Patrick Church of Merna Marriage & Wedding Policy
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