The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife.

Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.

Holy Matrimony is a sacrament, administered by the couple themselves, with a priest or deacon as a witness of the church. We strive to enable couples to develop a beautiful and permanent relationship through an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses. Due to the need for adequate preparation, marriage arrangements should be made at least six (6) months in advance. The parish will assist couples in preparing for marriage through an instructional program concentrating on a deeper awareness of self, sexuality, and the sacramentality of marriage.

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.

A Roman Catholic priest / deacon is required as a witness to your wedding ceremony. A visiting priest /deacon may officiate with the permission of the pastor of Saint Joseph’s and the approval of the Chancellor of The Diocese of Monterey.

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.