Marriage in the Church is a sacred event - a sign of God's active love within the Christian community. This love is made visible in the Sacrament of Matrimony: a man and woman promising to be faithful to each other through life as husband and wife. The expression of this mutual love is a source of joy to the entire Christian community.
St. Bernard's parish looks forward to celebrating your love on the day of your wedding. In order to promote the sanctity and dignity of your marriage, we offer you a booklet of guidelines and suggestions. It provides details which will facilitate the organization of your wedding plans.
May you find true joy as husband and wife on your wedding day and all the days of your life.
Rev. Fr. David Dutra
The Diocese requires this first contact to be at least six months before the wedding. (it is the policy of the Diocese of Stockton that there be six months of preparation for marriage before the wedding date in accordance with the comprehensive plan of the Diocese).
Your initial step towards obtaining your wedding date and going through the marriage preparation process would be to contact Deacon Pete Ryza (209) 835-4560 Ext. 162. He will then walk you through the process and answer your questions as they arise.
As part of the preparation for their marriage, we encourage Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation the Saturday previous to their wedding, according to the schedule for Confessions at their parish.