Congratulations on the announcement of your engagement!
Planning your wedding day is important, of course. We will be happy to answer any questions about having a Catholic wedding.
Weddings are performed in all four of our churches. Each site is handicapped accessible and has plenty of parking. Holy Martyrs in Falmouth offers live streaming so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy the ceremony. If you wish to have the reception at the church, all four churches have halls that can hold up to 100 guests, along with full kitchens. Call our office at (207) 847-6890 to check on dates and other important details.
READINGS AT MASS
An important element of wedding planning is to select the readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospel. You have many choices. Click here to see these choices. You can download this document for review.
The wedding day is important, of course. Far more important is preparing for your married life. A happy and lasting marriage begins with romance but lasts through real love and devotion, a love which includes God as the third partner. That's why the Church strongly encourages deep reflection and open communication about the sacramental meaning of marriage. One of the important ministries of our priests and deacon is to help and guide the couple through this preparation. We ask that you call our office at (207) 847-6890 at least 6 months in advance to schedule a meeting.
The Sacrament of Matrimony
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment, but that shouldn't mean that reflection and communication should stop after the reception. Marriage Encounter was developed to help those already married to return to the roots of their relationship, regardless of the length of time they have been married. A weekend spent with your spouse in a warm and welcoming environment with guided discussions and meditation can do wonders to refresh the sparkle in your eyes.
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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
– William Shakespeare