"God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them."
1 John 4:16b, NRSV

AS SOON AS YOU HAVE ARRANGED YOUR MARRIAGE
DATE AND TIME WITH THE PRIEST, PLEASE CONTACT:

  • Our Wedding Coordinator to get you started with the particulars of your ceremony, reserve your rehearsal time and answer any questions you may have;
  • The Marriage Preparation FOCCUS Inventory Facilitator;
  • The Music Director to make arrangements for music at your ceremony.

Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Wedding Contact Information

Parish Center: 10834 Moorpark St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
Phone: (818) 766-3838 • Fax: (818) 766-5711
Liturgy and Music Director: Mr. James Drollinger
Phone: (818) 766-3838 ext. 315
Wedding Coordinator: Mrs. Gretchen Schreck
Phone: (818) 761-6268 • Email: KDSS@aol.com
Marriage Preparation
FOCCUS Inventory Facilitator:
Dr. Liz Carr
Phone: (310) 717-2838 • Email: DrLizCarr@gmail.com

 


 

Marriage Protocol, Documents Needed
and Policy for Marriages performed at
Saint Charles Borromeo Church

PRE-CANA:

Preparation classes for marriage are necessary and required.  The priest arranging for the marriage can supply the necessary details and information for the most convenient time and place of instructions.  For your convenience, a schedule of instruction classes is enclosed in the marriage package you will receive when you meet with the priest.
Click here to view MARRIAGE PREPARATION STEPS

FOCCUS:

Facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding and Study (FOCCUS) was created to deal with current issues and needs in marriage preparation. FOCCUS explores basic expectations, communication and problem-solving skills and attitudes on money, children, religion, sexuality and in-laws, together with many other key issues. FOCCUS is a requirement and must be completed at least 6 months prior to your wedding date in order to be married in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These sessions will be conducted by Dr. Liz Carr. Please contact Dr. Carr at 310-717-2838 or drlizcarr@gmail.com to arrange for the FOCCUS sessions.
Click here to view FOCCUS MARRIAGE PREPARATION LETTER
Click here for FOCCUS CONTACTS

PREVIOUS MARRIAGE

If either party has been married before (either civil or religious) this fact and any other unusual circumstances must be discussed with the priest arranging the marriage before any date can be reserved.

DOCUMENTS

  1. Baptismal Certificate: A NEW copy (issued within six months prior to the marriage) of the baptismal record is required. This document is obtained from the church of Baptism. The original or a machine duplicated copy is NOT acceptable. The ceremony cannot proceed without this document.

  2. First Communion and Confirmation Records: (These can be the originals)

  3. Letters of Freedom: A sworn statement signed before a priest or a notary public, by the parents of the parties to be married, that they have never been married previously, wither by civil or religious ceremony; that they have never had a divorce or annulment, and are, therefore, free to marry in the Catholic Church. For your convenience, Affidavit of Freedom forms are also included in your Marriage Package.

  4. 4. Dispensations: Any required dispensations will be supplied by the priest.

PRE-MARRIAGE INVESTIGATION

As soon as the documents are in order and the Pre-Cana and FOCCUS requirements are met, the couple must make an appointment with the priest arranging the marriage to complete the pre-nuptial investigation of the Church.

PLACE OF MARRIAGE

The marriage is to take place in the parish of either the prospective bride or groom. If an exception is to be made (usually because of extreme necessity), permission must first be granted by the Pastor of St. Charles, and then a letter of permission must be obtained from the couple’s home parish.

OFFICIANT

Under ordinary circumstances, one of the priests of St. Charles will officiate at the ceremony. Priest friends of the couple are most welcome to concelebrate the Nuptial Mass. A priest from outside the parish must have the express permission of the Pastor.

TIME

PLEASE BE ON TIME: It is extremely important that the wedding AND rehearsal start on time, so that the other weddings and rehearsals will not be delayed. Be sure that YOUR WEDDING PARTY is at the Church in plenty of time. Please schedule your wedding rehearsal with the Wedding Coordinator.

CHURCH DECORUM

Because we reverence the place in which the community of the Church gathers for worship, we ask that all your family and friends and relatives, particularly the wedding party, be aware of the sacredness of the Church building. In each Catholic Church, there is reserved the Sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood, and for this reason, we ask that all who enter the Church or Chapel at any time, whether before, during or after the rehearsal or during the wedding itself, observe these basic principles.

  • Silence, respect and reverence while in the Church

  • No food, drink or chewing gum.

  • No alcoholic beverages on the church grounds, including the parking lots.

  • Cellular phones off or placed on vibrate. When receiving or making a call, please exit to the vestibule of the Church.

  • Proper and respectful dress at the rehearsal. No shorts, tank tops or beach wear.

MUSIC

It is up to the bridal couple to contact the Music Director as soon as they have met with the priest for the first time if they wish to have music at the ceremony. The Music Director will arrange for the organ to be played and a soloist if the couple wishes one. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has perceived the following guide for the propriety of music for a Catholic Wedding.

  1. The music should reflect the sacredness of the Mass and the Sacrament of Matrimony. With this in mind, music chosen for the wedding liturgy must be religious in nature, so that the spirit of prayer and celebration can be established to strengthen the expression of faith. The Music Director will assist you with your selections.

  2. The text should help the congregation to enter into prayer.

  3. No secular music is permitted. No matter how personally meaningful love songs, show tunes and secular ballads may be to the couple, these are best left to eh reception where other dimensions of the wedding celebration prevail.

Click here to view WEDDING MUSIC GENERAL INFORMATION
Click here to view WEDDING MUSIC SAMPLES

FLOWERS

It is the custom of this parish that the two arrangements of flowers at the main altar be left at the church to be used for Mass the following Sunday. If the bride wishes to have a small bouquet as an offering to be placed on the Blessed Virgin Mary Altar, she must make arrangements with her florist for this bouquet, likewise for the candles for the Unity Candle Ceremony. St. Charles will supply the holders for the candles.

PEWS

For pew decorations, only ribbon or rubber bands may be used. NO TAPES, THUMBTACKS, METAL OR PLASTIC HOLDERS, STAPLE GUNS, OR OR OTHER MEANS OF FASTENING ARE PERMITTED... The pews have been refinished at great expense to the church. Please do not mar them. If decorations are used, they are to be removed IMMEDIATELY following the ceremony by the florist or family members. It is also recommended that you do not close off the aisle entrance to the pews, as it is difficult to exit the pews for communion and recessional.

PICTURES

Pictures are permitted to be taken during the ceremony, but the photographer should be as unobtrusive as possible. He or she should never interrupt or be within the carpeted sanctuary area during the ceremony. Please have your photographer or videographer contact our Wedding Coordinator prior to your wedding. POSED PICTURES IN THE SANCTUARY FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY ARE NOT PERMITTED.

RICE

It is forbidden to throw rice, confetti, birdseed, etc. in or about the Church, i.e. in the vestibule or in the area in front of the main entrance. This is a liability issue due to the increased danger of persons slipping and falling.

 


SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO CATHOLIC CHURCH
10800 Moorpark St. (Lankershim Blvd. at Moorpark St.)
North Hollywood, CA 91602-2206
Phone:
(818) 766-3838 Fax: (818) 766-5711
http://www.SCBNH.com
Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher, Pastor