The Sacrament of Marriage

Comprehensive preparation for planning one of life’s most important events

Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your engagement!

The staff of St. Stephen's Catholic Church look forward to working with you as you prepare for the sacrament of matrimony. The Catholic Church believes that weddings are a life-long commitment, so your planning with us will invlove not only preparation for your special day, but also planning and prepration for a life-long, sacramental marriage.

To begin your marriage preparation, please call the parish office. One of our parish priests will contact you to set-up an initial meeting to meet and outline the requirements of marriage preparation at our Church and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Only after this initial meeting may a date be reserved for a wedding. This meeting will also allow you to clarify any questions you may have regarding requirements for preparation. Please note that the wedding preparation process takes approximately six months to complete (unless special circumstances arise).

For more information about our requirements and the requirements of the Archdiocese, please see the Wedding Preparation Handbook in the resources below.

Planning A Wedding At St. Stephen’s Catholic Community

Resources for Planning a Wedding at our Church

Wedding Preparation Handbook

Wedding Preparation Checklist

Ceremony Planning Form (Within Mass)

Ceremony Planning Form (Outside of Mass)

Wedding Readings Selection Booklet


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Marriage Preparation Retreat Registration Page

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Natural Family Planning Resources and Quarterly Class List

Contact Us Now to Begin Your Marriage Preparation Process:

Call 763-421-2471 for more about marriage preparation and to speak with a priest about setting a date at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

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