What is Marriage?
Marriage is a loving, life-giving and faithful relationship between a man and a woman. It is a natural institution that predates all social, legal and religious systems; its existence extends back beyond the limits of human memory. Since marriage is the origin of the family, which is the basic unit of society, it is also vitally important for the future of humanity. These basic truths can be recognized through our human reason and experience.
What does the Catholic Church teach about Marriage?
In the broadest sense, the heart of the Church’s definition of marriage is the same as what has always existed across cultures and faiths: the union of one man an one woman to the exclusion of all others. Marriage is also a sacrament, a sign of God’s love for humanity and Christ’s love for the Church.
Every sacrament gives a grace to assist us according to the circumstances of our lives. The grace of the sacrament of marriage strengthens and supports married couples. It is not a magic wand that takes away all difficulties, but a free gift from God that perfects the love of husbands and wives for each other so that it might more and more reflect the love Christ has for his Church.
*** IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE A WEDDING AT ST. MONICA CHURCH, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE A MINIMUM OF SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO THE PROPOSED WEDDING DATE. ***
Roman Catholic: Need Original copy (not older than 6 months)
Non-Catholic Party: Need copy of Baptism Certificate And Letter from a parent or family member stating that you have never been married (if that is the case)
If one or both of you have been Married before we need the following documents:
– Copy of Marriage Certificate(s)
– Copy of Divorce Certificate(s) (if applicable)
– Copy of ex-wife/ex-husband’s Baptism Certificate
– Copy of Annulment Certificate
– Copy of Death Certificate (if applicable)
If you have NOT obtained an Annulment you need to call the Tribunal Office @ 613-738-5025 for more information. In this case a date for a wedding can NOT be scheduled.
You need to obtain a Marriage License through the City of Ottawa.
You will be required to provide two pieces of ID Contact the City @ 613-580-2400 to obtain more information.
License Fee: $150.00
Church Fee: $200.00 (registered parishioners) $400.00 (not registered parishioners)
– Priest/Deacon (suggested stipend: $50 to $100)
– Sound Tech $50.00
Hall Rental: $350.00 + deposit / insurance
Cheque payable to St. Monica Parish
Musicians & Fees
– You are responsible of hiring your own Musicians for your wedding.
– Average fee usually starts at $75.00 per musician