"God Himself is the author of marriage and He has given it a purpose."
Welcome & Congratulations
God bless you for choosing to celebrate your marriage in the Catholic Church. This choice is truly an expression of your faith in God and His Church. For Christians, marriage is a Sacrament of God’s love reflected in the love of a man and a woman as husband and wife. The sacrament of marriage gives spouses the grace to love one another as Christ loves the church. The grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1661) The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church”; a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1666).
The Church Please remember that the Church is always a place of prayer. Be aware of this as you enter the church and if necessary, remind others to be quiet and respectful. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the church or in the parking lot under any circumstances.
Your First Step Your first step is to schedule a meeting with a priest or deacon by contacting the Parish Center at 562-947-5637. At this meeting the priest/deacon will explain the requirements for marriage in the Catholic Church, other important details, and your selection of a celebrant.
Finances Please remember that the Church is not a profit making organization, but Wedding fees apply. Please contact the Parish Center at 562-947-5637.
Wedding Date Before a wedding date can be placed in the St. Bruno Church official calendar, the $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid. This deposit is included in the wedding fee amount as previously discussed .
Documents for Marriage The required documents for the prospective bride and groom are:
Baptismal Certificate Contact the church of your baptism and request an official copy of your baptismal certificate. A photo copy of the original will not be acceptable.
First Communion and Confirmation Certificate Contact the church of your First Communion and Confirmation and request acopy of your certificates; photo copies are acceptable.
Engagement Encounter Course Certificate Proof of your completion of the course is required. Schedules of courses may be found at www.ceeofla.org
Sworn Testimony Sworn statements from TWOwitnesses for the bride and TWO for the groom, preferably parents, will be required. The proper Forms and details will be provided by the priest/deaconassisting you.
Marriage License A civil marriage license is required. The license is purchased at the Registrar Recorder’s Office,12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650;phone number 562-462-2137. Make sure that you bring the original license, the duplicate copy and the pre-addressed envelope to the Parish Centertwo weeks prior to the celebration of the marriage.
Engaged Encounter/Pre-Marriage Preparation Engaged Encounter weekend or an approved equivalent is requiredfor all couples getting married in the Catholic Church. Visitwww.ceeofla.orgor call 888-267-3660 for information about enrolling in your course.
For more information, please contact the Parish Center at least 6 months before your intended marriage date at 562-947-5637.
Bishop Barron on Marriage & Relationships
Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Bruno Catholic Church 15740 Citrustree Rd. Whittier, CA 90603 562-947-5637