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H. Roach and B. McRae
July 10, 2021

Recent Graduates of Marriage Preparation (2024)

Matthew and Lauren Bolley


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

NOTE - All couples wishing to marry in a Ukrainian Catholic or a Roman Catholic Church are REQUIRED to complete a Marriage Preparation Course prior to marriage. Please discuss marriage course preparation options with your priest as soon as possible

Couples may also request a guest Ukrainian Catholic priest to officiate at the wedding.  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 - (exception - during a pandemic- the ceremony may be done outdoors at a shrine or similar suitable location but ONLY with prior permission and approval from the Metropolitan).


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

  • Both parties must be free to marry, according to both 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, but Christian, a dispensation is required from the Archbishop before the marriage ceremony can take place.

  • 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, but scheduling is flexible. These classes take place in the home of a married SPONSOR 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 our parish priest at least 6 - 12 months BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DATE to allow sufficient time to arrange your marriage preparation classes and to complete administrative paperwork.

Effective April 1, 2018, the marriage course fee is $125 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.


If you are getting married before September 30, 2024 CLASSES are CLOSED!

If your wedding date is between... approximate start date of classes....

October 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Contact preist immediately to start classes before May 1, 2024

January 1, 2025 - June 30, 2025 Contact priest immediately to arrange for classes.
July1, 2025 - December 31, 2023

Contact priest before December 31, 2024 to discuss starting classes


Avoid disappointment and book your marriage classes as soon as possible! Please plan to start your classes at least 6 - 12 months before your wedding date.


The following fees are in ADDITION to Marriage Preparation Course costs.

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

Church cleaning before/after service - Your offering to our church but $40 is generally recommeded.

GENEALOGICAL RECORD searches for marriages - Please direct inquiries to our Archeparchial Office.

This page was last updated April 13, 2024
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