Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, California


“The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1603).

Preparation for Matrimony/Marriage is an important program of the parish community. The Pastor and Deacons and those who assist in this preparation wish to create an environment for weddings that will reflect the Catholic Christian traditions of the Faith. The entire Marriage Preparation Team believes that the wedding is for a day, and the marriage is for a lifetime. They strive to provide a perfect day for the bride and groom. Further, the Diocese of San Bernardino requires at least a six month period of preparation for marriage. The period commences from the time of the first appointment with a priest or deacon of the parish. No wedding date can be set until the initial meeting has taken place. At St. Peter and St. Paul Parish, the prescribed program requires approximately four months to complete. During the preparation period, the couple meets with a Team Couple trained in the Evenings for the Engaged Program (Sadlier) for six evenings. Interspersed are meetings with the priest or deacon who will perform the wedding, as well as a Wedding Rehearsal Couple who assist the young couple with the details of the sacramental celebration and the wedding day itself. The sessions with the Preparation Team Couple are conducted in their home at a time convenient for both the Team Couple and the engaged couple.

Couples who wish to begin the Sacrament of Matrimony preparation should contact Norm Anderson.