Matrimony

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We are here to assist you in the planning of this very special and holy day. If you are a UCSB student or St. Mark’s alumni, please know that you are most welcome to celebrate your Catholic wedding here at St. Mark’s University Parish. If you are registered in another parish, you are welcome to celebrate your wedding here with proper permissions received from your home parish pastor. Because we are a Roman Catholic parish, at least one of the parties must be practicing Catholic. Outside Roman Catholic Clergy in good standing with their own diocese, order or congregation are most welcome to come to St. Mark’s to celebrate your wedding, but visiting clergy must speak directly to pastor to gain proper permission and delegation. Prior to the wedding date, Catholic parties must have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation.) If you have not received these sacraments, please notify the pastor at your first appointment. Please contact the parish 6 months prior to your proposed wedding date.

PLEASE DO NOT SET A WEDDING DATE OR PLACE A DEPOSIT ON A RECEPTION VENUE PRIOR TO SPEAKING WITH PASTOR.

If possible, please bring the following documents to your first meeting:
  • Birth Certificate (a clear photocopy is acceptable)
  • Recent Copy of your Baptism Certificate (Must have parish seal or stamp and be a recent example no older than 6 months. Please call or write your parish of baptism to request a new document.)
  • Copy of Birth Certifcate (for verfication purposes only)
  • Any other documents relating to any prior wedding ceremonies (state wedding licenses, divorce decrees, church annulment documents, etc.)

Please note that for couples who wish to be married in another parish and only require marriage preparation at St. Mark’s, there is a $100 charge for this preparation.

Some important reminders for those considering marriage:

  • Please do not set a date for your wedding – or make a deposit on a reception venue – until a date/time can be confirmed with the priest or deacon who is to celebrate the wedding. In most cases, this can be confimed during your first face-to-face appointment.
  • Roman Catholics to be married must have first received all Saraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). If you have not made your sacraments, please see our page on RCIA for further instruction.
  • It is assumed and expected that couples who wish to celebrate a Catholic wedding will not co-habitate, but live in separate dwellings up until the day of the ceremony.
  • Padrinos or Best Man/Maid of Honor need not be Roman Catholic.