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Kelly Shurvell and Ryan Knight
(Shoal Lake)

Recent Graduates of Marriage Preparation

J. Gapka and D. Case


Couples seeking to be married at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church must make an appointment with the parish priest at least six months prior to the proposed date of the wedding. He will discuss the arrangements with you - in person. (Prior to that meeting no reservations may be taken.)

Please discuss marriage course preparation options at that time as classes fill up early and choices become limited

Couples may also request a guest Ukrainian Catholic priest to officiate.  In that case, by church law, the Parish priest must grant delegation to the guest priest for the marriage to be licit.

The Church building cannot be used for a non-Catholic wedding.

The Catholic wedding ceremony must be performed in the Church.


  • At least one of the parties must be Ukrainian Catholic.

  • Both parties must be free to marry, both according to Church law and civil law.

  • A marriage preparation course is mandatory. The parish priest should arrange for such a course at the time of the couple's first meeting with him.

  • If one of the parties is non Catholic, Christian, a dispensation is required from the the Archbishop.

  • If one of the parties is non Christian (not validly baptized) then the marriage will be a valid contract but not a Sacrament of the Church. In this case, a dispensation is required from the Archbishop. (the parish priest will request such dispensation.)


Couples planning to marry in the Catholic church are required to complete a Marriage Preparation course. The course offered by St. Mary's is based on the "For Better, For Ever" workbook written by Father Rhunke.Couples should plan to attend 7 classes - 2 hours per class, 1 class per week on average. These classes take place in the home of a married SPONSOR COUPLE couple who will be assigned to you. The sessions are confidential. Please see schedule below to determine when you should sign up for your course.

PLEASE contact Father Michael ((204) 729-8056) or your parish priest at least 6 -8 months BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DATE to allow sufficient time to complete your marriage classes and paperwork.

Effective April 1, 2018, the course fee is $125 (NEW RATE!) per couple (payable to St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church) which includes two workbooks, a candle and a small gift from our parish to you.

Upon completion of the course, you will be issued a Completion Certificate as proof of your participation in the classes.


July 01, 2018 - September 30, 2018 Closed
If your wedding date is between... approximate start date of classes....
Jan. 01, 2018 - June 30, 2018 Closed
July 01, 2018 - September 30, 2018
October 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018

May, 2018

January 1, 2019 - April 01, 2019
Between June 1, 2018 and September 01. 2018
April 01, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Between September 02, 2018 and December 31, 2018

Avoid disappointment and book your marriage classes as soon as possible! Please plan to start your classes 6 - 8 months before your wedding date.


The following fees (effective 2016) are in ADDITION to Marriage Preparation Course costs.

Priest (Father M. Tkachuk) - $350 (for service and administrative work as set by Archbishop)
Cantor (Brandon) - $75

It is suggested that non-parishioners or inactive parishioners also make an offering to St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church to cover the cost of church maintenance and cleaning.

This page was last updated May 13, 2018
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