The Sacrament of Marriage celebrates and witnesses the covenant love between a man and a woman and symbolizes in that union Christ’s covenant love for the Church.
Since marriage is such a sacred and challenging vocation, it is important that couples be properly prepared to receive this sacrament.
The couple should make arrangements one year in advance at the Rectory Office, in accordance with archdiocesan policy.
Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding!
The Church of the Little Flower New Jersey extends a sincere welcome to you who are entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony. We are privileged to be part of this sacramental occasion with you. We pray that the grace of God that has brought you to this point of engagement will continue to guide you through your preparations and each day of your married lives.
How do we book our wedding time and date?
Call the Parish Secretary (908 464 1585) to schedule a tentative date and time for your wedding. The Catholic Church in New Jersey asks that the wedding date be set at least one full year in advance so that all necessary requirements can be fulfilled.
A priest from Little Flower will then meet with you, confirm your date and fill out some initial paperwork to start you on your way.
What documents will we need to provide?
Baptismal Certificate: Dated No earlier than six months prior to the wedding date, you and your fiancé must obtain a new certificate of baptism from the church of your baptism. If you were baptized at Little Flower, your records are here.
Will we need instruction?
As part of the instructional portion of the marriage preparation process, both you and your fiancé must participate in:
- Pre-Cana or Engaged Encounter – register at http://www.rcan.org/offices-and-ministries/family-life/marriage-preparation
- God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage
- FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory
Mass or Ceremony?
The marriage liturgy can either be a Nuptial Mass or a Ceremony. A Nuptial Mass consists of the Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, the Rite of Marriage, the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Communion) and the Concluding Rite. A Ceremony includes all of the above except the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
If both partners are Catholic, they are encouraged to have a Nuptial Mass. In the case where one partner is not Catholic, a Ceremony is recommended.
Who do we contact about the music for our ceremony?
Click the links to hear selections of music for your wedding.
We have more questions!
This booklet should answer many of your questions regarding presiders, florists, photographers, the order of Mass etc. It also includes a wedding checklist to help you plan your wedding at Little Flower. Please download a copy and read through it, if you have any questions contact the rectory at 908-464-1585