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Marriage Preparation

at St. John XXIII

Congratulations! Your parish community rejoices with you as you plan your wedding. We will try to make your day as meaningful and beautiful as possible. Here is some church information that may answer most of your questions.

The process for planning should begin at least SIX MONTHS prior to your wedding. This gives us the needed opportunity to plan the details of your special day.

The heart of the Pre-Cana preparation in the Catholic Church is the realization that: “A wedding is a day, but a marriage is a lifetime.” Our Parish is convinced that all couples need some special time to reflect upon the deep significance of the steps that they are making together. For this reason, we require that you participate in two Pre- Cana seminars within the Diocese of Venice. One is a Life Skills Workshop and the other is a Sacramentality Workshop.

The schedule of workshops can be found at:

The Diocese of Venice Website (click here)

We also administer the FOCUS questionnaire to all couples. After the questionnaire is scored, the couple will be contacted by one of our parish sponsor couples to discuss the results

Brian & Rebecca Downey

6-Dates and other ways SJ23 supports this sacrament

Getting married in the Catholic Church means that the couple fully embraces the Catholic understanding of this Sacrament, which means having a commitment to a love that is free, total, faithful, and open to children. During these 6 Dates, couples will learn more in-depth the Church’s teachings on marriage and human sexuality and how to apply these teachings in their own marriage.

Documents Needed Prior to Th Date!

No wedding date will be scheduled on the St. John XXIII Parish Calendar until you have met with one of our priests, and produced the following paperwork. Grazie!

1. Baptismal Certificates

Please contact the church where you were baptized and request a current, updated copy of your baptismal certificate. The church can send it directly to the priest who is working with you here at St. John XXIII.

2. Marriage Preparation Forms – A Forms

These are forms provided by the Diocese and will be completed with the assistance of the Parish priest.

3. Letters of Freedom – B Forms

The Diocese of Venice requires that we obtain two signed statements from a family member or a close friend of the bride and groom – someone who has known you for at least 5 years – stating that they know you are free to marry in the Catholic Church.

4. Pre-Cana Certificates

Once you have completed the two Pre-Cana programs, give the certificates to the priest, and make a copy to bring to the County Clerk. This will enable you to get a discount on your marriage license fee.

5. Florida Marriage License

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