THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Wedding arrangements should be made at least 8 months prior to the marriage by contacting the St. Joseph Parish Office (563-872-3234).
One or both of the parties needs to be a registered, practicing member of one of our parishes or provide documentation of the parish where they reside.
Marriage preparation also involves taking the FOCUS inventory, an Engaged Encounter/Pre-Cana retreat, and meetings with a sponsor couple. The couple will need to ensure that the marriage license is in good order by the wedding ceremony.
In addition to the pastor/deacon, other priests/deacons may preside at weddings with pastor’s permission.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."