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The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. Marriage consecrates a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children. To comply with the requirements for the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Joseph’s Parish, couples should:

  • Contact the parish office (403-289-2591) at least six months prior to the proposed date of the marriage to allow time for the paperwork to be completed and for a marriage preparation course to be taken.

  • Plan music for your wedding at St. Joseph’s Catholic with Music Coordinator Lia at, or call 403-289-2591.

  • Find out about Marriage Preparation courses in the Diocese of Calgary.

 Required documentation:

  • Baptismal Certificates of Catholic parties, including notations and dated within six months prior to the wedding. You may a request a copy of your baptismal certificate "for the purpose of marriage" from the parish of your baptism.

  • Copy of Marriage Preparation Completion Certificate

  • A valid provincial marriage license no more than 90 days prior to the marriage. This can be obtained at any Alberta registry office. Our parish must be in receipt of this license at least 15 days prior to the wedding.

Please note that:

  • All couples must meet with the parish priest for an initial interview before booking a date and registering for a Marriage Preparation Course.

  • Weddings may not be booked during the season of Lent.

  • Couples from other parish jurisdictions are required to obtain written permission from their pastor and should contact their respective parish to complete the Marriage Paperwork. 

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