Matrimony and Holy Orders

Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. Through these sacraments those already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation for the common priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations. (CCC 1534-1535)

If you believe you may be called to the priesthood, thank you for your discernment. There are several come-and-see events at the St. Paul Seminary. Find more help for discernment here: http://www.10000vocations.org/

If you are recently engaged and wish to be married at the Church of St. Dominic, please call the Parish Office to put a tentative date on the calendar and to receive a pamphlet with more information on who can be married at St. Dominic’s and what is the preparation. You should receive this information to begin the process at least nine months prior to the wedding. The wedding date will only become official once you have met with the priest and confirmed his schedule.

Covid-19 Update: Weddings are still permitted either inside or on church property at this time, but specific COVID protocol has been composed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may be married at St. Dominic?

You must fulfill the marriage requirements of both the Catholic Church and the State of Minnesota. Either the bride or the groom must be Catholic, live within the official boundaries of our parish, and be a registered (under your own name, not your parents’) and active Mass-attending member of St. Dominic. 

If neither of you lives within our boundaries, you will need to obtain written permission from the pastor of the Catholic parish in which you reside to have the wedding celebrated here at St. Dominic.    

What if you were previously married?

The Catholic Church considers a marriage to be a sacrament whenever two Christians get married in a ceremony acceptable to both their churches.  For Christians of most other denominations, even a wedding before a judge or justice of the peace is acceptable.  Such a marriage would, therefore, be considered a sacrament by the Catholic Church. 

If the Catholic Church recognizes a previous marriage as sacramental, permission to marry in the Catholic Church will not be given until a petition for an annulment of the sacramental recognition of the marriage has been presented to the archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal and a positive response received.  An annulment procedure usually takes a year or longer.  No wedding date may be assigned or the church reserved until permission is granted by the archdiocese.

In the case of a baptized Catholic who previously was married without permission of the Catholic Church, the marriage would not be considered a sacrament and no annulment procedure is required.  Testimony is received from the two parties to the marriage and witnesses. 

My spouse and I were not married in the Church. Can we get our marriage convalidated?

Yes! You will meet with the priest and do many of the same steps as a new couple. Please contact the office for answers on your particular situation to have your marriage recognized by the Church.

Read other useful FAQs here: https://www.foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage-faqs/