Congratulations on your Engagement!
We at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center look forward to assisting you as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.
Catholic Understanding of Marriage
A wedding in the Catholic Church is a religious event, requiring a public act of faith by the couple who are asking the Church to witness their marriage. The Sacrament of Matrimony is a matter that concerns the whole church and is not a private or family affair. The priest, with the assembled community, witnesses the couple’s exchange of vows and prays that this new covenant of mutual life and love will continue to be an enduring sign to others of Jesus’ intimate and faithful covenant with the People of God.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offer a comprehensive marriage website, with tips, quizzes and checklists as well as a daily marriage pointer. You will find great resources for preparing for and nurturing your marriage.
Marriage Preparation in the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church believes firmly in the importance of thoughtful and responsible preparation for the lifetime commitment of marriage. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of careful marriage preparation. In order to be married in any Catholic church in the United States, a couple must first complete all steps of the marriage preparation process. The requirements for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Phoenix may be viewed on the Diocese’s web site.
Preparing for Marriage through the Newman Center
If you are an ASU student, faculty or staff member, or are a registered Newman Center member and would like to participate in our full marriage preparation program, whether you plan to marry in the Old Church or elsewhere, click here.
If you have already begun marriage preparation through another church but would like to attend our marriage preparation classes, click here.
Celebrating your Wedding in the Old Church
If you are not a Newman Center registered member or an ASU student/alum and are completing all of your marriage preparation requirements in another parish but would simply like to inquire about celebrating your wedding in the Old Church, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Check out our most common Frequently Asked Questions about marriage preparation and wedding ceremonies at the Newman Center.
You are welcome to contact Carrie Powell, Director of Sacramental Preparation, via e-mail or by calling the Newman Center at 480-967-7823.
Page updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009