The Archdiocese of San Antonio has explicitly outlined the requirements for the reception of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The requirements are:
  • Both must have attained their 18th birthday by the date of their marriage.
  • They must initiate contact with the Pastor. This contact should be made at least six months prior to the planned marriage date.
  • Complete Marriage Preparation Programs.
Your marriage ceremony is the perfect way to begin married life together with God. What better place to enter into the marriage covenant than in God's house.  This covenant that you are entering is both solemn and sacred.  If you are interested in having your ceremony and mass in St. Joseph please contact the parish office.  Contact the Priest before you reserve specific dates with music bands, halls or hotels. All matters to do with the marriage ceremony, such as the Scripture readings, music, videotaping or photography is worked out between the couple and the Priest. Sufficient time given to prepare for your marriage is time well spent, and time you need to give yourselves.
You are preparing for the great journey in married life with each other and the Lord. There will be a number of sessions, as well, with the Priest or Deacon who will officiate at your marriage.

Certain documents must be supplied by the couple. The couple is encouraged to make all appointments and arrangements themselves. The couple is encouraged to contact the parish music ministry director at the outset of making their wedding plans. 

A complete wedding packet can be picked up at the parish office and we will be happy to help you throughout the planning.  

Pope Francis' advice about weddings:

"Make [your wedding] a real celebration – because marriage is a celebration – a Christian celebration, not a worldly feast! … What happened in Cana 2,000 years ago, happens today at every wedding celebration: that which makes your wedding full and profoundly true will be the presence of the Lord who reveals himself and gives his grace. It is his presence that offers the 'good wine', he is the secret to full joy, that which truly warms the heart.

"It is good that your wedding be simple and make what is truly important stand out. Some are more concerned with the exterior details, with the banquet, the photographs, the clothes, the flowers…These are important for a celebration, but only if they point to the real reason for your joy: the Lord's blessing on your love." -          

                            —Address to engaged couples in                                     Rome, February 14, 2014

The following link is to the Archdiocese of San Antonio's Marriage and Family Life page:

The following links are provided on the United States Office of Catholic Bishop's website::