Preparation for Marriage
Marriage is a most important commitment. The Church wants each couple to be well prepared for their lifelong journey together. Regardless of whether the couple plans an elaborate wedding ceremony or just a simple celebration with family and friends, the Church's priority in marriage is to ensure that each couple is ready to live a lifelong commitment of love together.
At least 6 months before your chosen wedding date, call the office to make an appointment to meet with a priest or deacon. The parish secretary will help you set up an appointment to meet with them after Sunday Mass. A wedding date cannot be reserved until the couple completes this step.
A marriage preparation course is required in most cases. The current schedule of courses can be found here.
In keeping with Church law and policies of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, we celebrate marriages at Christ the Redeemer only for those living within our parish boundaries or who are registered and have regularly been attending Mass at Christ the Redeemer. Exceptions to this rule are made only for children of our parishioners who have moved away. In these cases, they will require a letter of permission from their own pastor, whose responsibility it will be to prepare them for marriage according to the policies of the place where they reside.