PLANNING A WEDDING AT ST. THERESE CHURCH

"Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate."  -Mark 10:6-9

“Love is not weak. It is strong. Only the Sacrament of Marriage can contain it.” --Boris Pasternak

CELEBRATING A WEDDING AT ST. THERESE CHURCH:   The Archdiocese of Los Angeles requires couples desiring to be married in the Church to begin their wedding preparation at least six months prior to the desired wedding date. 
 
You should be living within our Parish boundaries or be registered as parishioners at least six months BEFORE BEGINNING your wedding preparation at St. Therese Church. 
 
  • WEDDING APPLICATIONTo begin your wedding preparation, the FIRST thing to do is to fill out the Application to Celebrate a Wedding at St. Therese Church (click here (X) to access from this website or come to the Parish Offices to fill one out).  If you obtain it from the website, you may save it in your computer and then upload it and submit it via email to the Parish Secretary, Denise McMaster, at denisekay@hotmail.com, OR you may drop it off or mail it to the offices (510 North El Molino Street, Alhambra CA 91801). The application will then be given to the Pastor or Associate Pastor, who will contact you to set up an initial appointment. He will give you all the basic information you need.
  • The next step is to coordinate a time to meet with your choice of the Pastor, Fr. Thomas, or the Associate Pastor, Fr. David). For a Mass in Latin, contact Fr. Justin Ramos directly (phone number on Checklist--link directly below).  

 

  • INITIAL PAPERWORK:  
    • Checklist:  To review the checklist of what is required of the couple, please download it by clicking here (X) for a Wedding in English or Spanish  OR by clicking here (X)  for a Wedding in the Latin Rite.  (You may also pick up a printed list from the offices.)
    • Copies of Sacramental Certificates:  The Catholic party(ies) will be asked to obtain a recent certificate of Baptism (NOT the original but a copy dated within the last six months) for the purpose of proving freedom to marry in the Church).  It should have a notation on the back showing that you received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  If not, you will need to obtain a copy from the church where you received Confirmation. 
    • Freedom to Marry Form:  Each party will also need two persons from his or her family (preferably parents) to fill out a "Freedom to Marry" form, attesting to the fact that the party seeking marriage has, to his or her family's knowledge, never been married and is choosing to freely and forever enter into the marriage.  To download the FREEDOM TO MARRY form, click here (X). 

 

  • MARRIAGE PREPARATION CLASSES:  As mandated by the Archdiocese, each couple needs to attend a marriage preparation class.  They can choose from:

    • A one-day seminar offered via Zoom (click X for the 2021 schedule through September 2021. Note: The website you'll be taken to also includes a questionnaire you'll need to fill out and return to the Archdiocese (in order to register for the class).  After that someone will contact you with details).

    • A full weekend through the Engaged Encounter Program offered by the Archdiocese.  More information about the Engaged Encounter Weekend can be found by clicking here X. 

 

  • NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING:  St. Therese Church also requires each couple to attend a Natural Family Planning Class offered at our church, followed by individual training sessions.  The NFP classes are offered once a month; the couple should attend the class at least three months before the wedding.   

  • WEDDING TIMES:  The normal wedding times you can choose from are Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., Noon, or 2:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. is the latest time available on Saturdays). You may, however, request a different day or time, depending upon our regular schedule of Masses.    

  • READINGS FOR THE WEDDING MASS:  Couples are encouraged to choose the readings for the wedding Mass in order to make it more personal.  A copy of the booklet, TOGETHER FOR LIFE, may be picked up from the St. Therese Church offices (it contains a form in the back to enter your selections).  OR you may choose your readings by accessing a website (click here X to open it) which has links you click on to take you to the readings at www.foryourmarriage.org, a website which is an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Click here X for a form on which to enter your selections for the readings and the readers.
    • At the bottom of the home page of www.catholicweddinghelp.com you will also find a section titled FOR MORE INFORMATION, which includes a helpful link about choosing your lectors (those who will read the Scripture readings). 

 

  • CREATING THE PROGRAM FOR YOUR WEDDING MASS:   For help in creating a program for your wedding, click here X.  The program is a great way to increase participation by the congregation.  If you would like St. Therese to prepare your program, there is a fee of $100, which includes printing of up to 200 copies (extra charge for more, depending upon the size of the program). For this option, contact Denise at denisekay@hotmail.com.

  • VIDEO AND/OR LIVESTREAM YOUR WEDDING MASS:  If you are interested, we offer this option for a flat fee of $300 (payable directly to the videographer).  See the Contacts section below for more information. 

 

  • WEDDING FEES:

 (English Mass):  CHURCH FEES: Submit the wedding fee ($950) to the office at the time the wedding date is scheduled with the priest. This amount includes the fees for the use of the church ($500), the church organist ($250) and church cantor ($200). 

OTHER FEES: There are also fees for Angie Sandoval, the wedding liturgy planner ($200); Katrina Crow, the NFP Coordinator ($100), and the priest who celebrates the wedding ($100). Please submit a check to each of those persons directly. 

ALTAR SERVER FEES: Please give each altar server $20 cash either before or immediately after the wedding. 

 

(LATIN RITE MASS):  Submit the wedding fee ($950) to the office at the time the wedding date is scheduled. This amount includes the fees for the use of the church ($500), the church organist ($250), the cantor ($200).

OTHER FEES: There are also fees for Angie Sandoval, the wedding liturgy planner ($200); Katrina Crow, the NFP Coordinator ($100); John Janosik ($100),  the sacristan, who will purchase the necessary Latin Mass supplies; and the Norbertine priest who celebrates the wedding ($300). Please submit a check to each of those persons directly

ALTAR SERVER FEES: This amount does not include the honorarium of $25 for each of the Latin Mass altar servers (either two or four, depending upon if your celebration includes a High Mass).  Please arrange to have someone give this amount to each of the altar servers (in cash--either before or immediately after the wedding).

Please note that flowers are not provided and are not included in the fees.   

 

  • CONTACTS:

Wedding LITURGY Planner:  After you have met with the priest and he has approved you to be married, then it is time to contact our Wedding Liturgy Planner, Angie Sandoval, at (626) 616-9416 or angie.sandoval06@gmail.com. She will meet with you to discuss all the details of your ceremony and will be there to facilitate your wedding rehearsal.  She will also be present at your wedding to make sure everything is on schedule.  

Music: Please contact our Music Director, Paula Grimm, at pgrimm.dir@gmail.com or (650) 888-7525, to arrange for the organist and cantor (no recorded music allowed).

Natural Family Planning:  Please contact the coordinator, Katrina Crow, at (626) 292-1906, to arrange a meeting and set up classes.

Videographer:  We offer the option to have your wedding recorded and/or live streamed for your loved ones who are unable to attend. For this service, there is a flat fee of $300. If you would like to have your wedding recorded, please contact Richard Chen at chen.richard.t@gmail.com.