How to get Involved
Contact Us to make an appointment with our pastor, Father Wayne Dawson. At this time you may schedule your wedding date with him, taking into account his availability and that of the church. You need to allow at least six months for your preparation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Marriage in the Roman Catholic Church, besides being a legal contract, is a Sacrament. This sacrament is a sacred covenant in which a man and a woman publicly express their love for each other and commit themselves to a permanent and faithful relationship.
Couples may be married at Saint Joseph’s if one or both:
- Is a baptized Catholic and
- Is a registered member of the parish (for at least one year) or
- Have parent(s) who are registered members (for at least one year) or
- Have the permission of the Pastor/delegate of their Parish and the approval of the Pastor of Saint Joseph’s. Along with this permission, they need to include a letter from the pastor/ delegate that they are handling your preparation and will have the documents to our diocese tribunal at least forty days prior to your wedding date.
Catholic engaged couples sometimes inquire about the possibility of being married before a priest in a non-church setting. The policy of the Diocese of Monterey is that all Catholic marriage be done in a Catholic Church setting.
Weddings may be scheduled on Saturdays between the hours of 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Only one wedding is scheduled per Saturday. Weddings are not scheduled on Sundays or between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Rehearsals are usually held Friday evening at 6:00 pm. All members of the wedding party are expected to be present for the wedding rehearsal.