"This Sacrament [of Matrimony] cannot be improvised. It is necessary to prepare oneself as an engaged couple. It is not enough for Christian betrothed couples to prepare themselves to become married by achieving a good integration, in psychological, affective and relational terms and with regard to planning, which is also necessary for the stability of their future union. They must also nourish and progressively increase within themselves that specific call to model themselves as Christian spouses. This means cultivating, within the Christian vocation, the particular vocation to become missionary disciples as spouses, witnesses of the Gospel in family, working and social life, where the Lord calls them; the vocation to manifest the beauty of their belonging to Him and to give reason for that “more” of life and love which is the epiphany in the world of Christian hope offered by Christ. It is the Second Vatican Council, the Magisterium of the Church, but first of all it is the Word of God that points to this high apostolic and missionary goal inherent in the Sacrament of Marriage. And it is by looking at this horizon that engaged couples can grow, nourishing themselves with prayer, with the Eucharist and Reconciliation, with sincere concern for one another, with dedication to the brothers they meet." Pope Francis, 12/2/2019
Destination weddings are very popular in Charleston.
Our church is a favorite place for celebrating the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. We are pleased to share it! However, St Mary's is not a traditional 'destination wedding' venue. The life and needs of our parish family comes first. Due to limitations of time, resources, and personnel, we may not be able to honor the requests of every couple, but we will do our best!
Because of the volume of requests, we employ an application system and appreciate your participation. Please go to our Parish Wedding Policy (below) to learn about the application process and the policies for weddings in our church.
(Rogier Van der Weyden, Matrimony (detail), 1445. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.)