Sacraments - Marriage

God who created man out of love also calls him to love—the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love. Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator's eyes.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1604

Congratulations on your engagement! As you look forward to sharing your life together as husband and wife, you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns. We would like to share with you the rich depth and beauty of what it means to be married in the Catholic Church. Here are some steps to help you begin planning your wedding. After having read and reflected upon this information, if you have any questions, or if you are prepared to formally inquire about the possibility of celebrating your wedding at St. Clare and St. Mary’s Parish, please contact Kathy Fagan, wedding coordinator at or 970-926-1070 at least eight to twelve  months prior to your preferred wedding date. The Beaver Creek Chapel books 18 months out, so if you are considering the Beaver Creek Chapel, please contact us as soon as possible.


Step 1: Reflect together on the importance of faith in your life.
Before making any concrete plans for your marriage celebration, you should ask yourselves some questions: “What place does God have in our lives?” “What place does the Church have in our lives?” “Are we striving to practice our faith?” “What sort of faith do we want for our children?”
Your answers to these questions should directly affect where and how you choose to celebrate your wedding and live your marriage. For a Catholic, a desire to be married in the Catholic Church should indicate an acceptance of the teaching of Jesus Christ as handed on to us by the Church.
Jesus, in response to very specific questions about how we are to live, gave very concrete answers. He summarized his teaching in the twofold Commandment of love of God and love of neighbor. He gave further concrete expression to his teaching by reaffirming the Ten Commandments. From the beginning, the Church has proclaimed and defended these truths taught by Jesus, and urges couples to live in true love according to God’s plan for marriage.


Step 2: Make a decision about where you are in your faith, and where you want to be... and ACT on that decision.
Marriage in the Catholic Church is a sacred covenant freely accepted by a man and a woman that is ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. It is by its very nature a bond that cannot be broken. It is a life-long commitment to another person that promises exclusive fidelity.
Marriage requires incredible unselfishness and hard work, but promises God’s help. For those who accept God’s invitation, it promises eternal life. During the wedding ceremony, the couple is asked to affirm this faith. The desire of a couple to marry gives witness to their love. The desire to be married in the Church should also give witness to their acceptance and living of the teaching of Jesus Christ as handed on to us by the Church.


Step 3: Contact the Parish
Having reflected together upon their faith, couples who wish to profess their love for each other and affirm their faith in God and the Church should contact the parish in which the Catholic party is a registered and practicing member.


What Do We Do Now?
If you are a registered and practicing member of St. Clare & St. Mary’s Parish, we invite you to contact us before you make any other plans in regards to your wedding.
If you are a registered and practicing member of another parish, we invite you to contact your pastor. You may prepare in your parish and with proper delegation and preparation, we invite you to be married at the Beaver Creek Chapel, St. Clare or St. Mary’s. You may also bring a visiting priest with proper delegation.
If the Catholic Church has not been a significant part of your life, please contact us! Even if a wedding in the Church is not appropriate or possible at this time, we would like to share with you our Faith!


If you are planning a wedding allow 8-12 months to prepare for the celebration of the sacrament.
The first step is to contact our wedding coordinator, Kathy Fagan 970-926-1070 or email to check for church availability.


You must next make an appointment with the clergy (Priest or Deacon) who you would like to witness the marriage, or if you have questions you need answered before beginning the process.

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