The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage is the Sacrament by which two baptized people enter into a union that lasts until the death of either party. They cease to be individuals but bind themselves to each other and become one flesh. The visible fruit of this union is children, but the spiritual reality happens during the sacrament. While marriage is the natural calling of every human being, the sacrament of marriage, which occurs between two baptized people, offers particulars graces for the couple and their children to help them become sanctified and to reach heaven.


Marriage Information

*Weddings Should Be Scheduled At Least Six Months In Advance

  1. This time that you must prepare for marriage is very sacred, it is very important that your focus and efforts are not concentrated on the externals (flowers, dresses, reception, etc.), but that you take a deep look at the holiness and beauty of the sacrament of marriage. The church strongly encourages you to have a simple wedding, not to mention the moral questions that can arise from bachelor and bachelorette parties. In order to properly prepare your souls to enter into the sacrament of marriage, it is requested of you to receive the sacrament of confession the week of your wedding.   
  2. Marriage Class Pre-Registration.
    There is a nominal fee ($150). Please register at http://www.ecrc.us/marriage-prep/ before the first day of class!
  • Attend 4 consecutive weeks of class.
    We have customized this program to have elements of live presentations, professional videos, and time for group discussion. We will provide light refreshments each night.
  • Each night:                         Arrival/Check-In 6:45PM
    10:00 PM End of Session
  • Mother of God (First 4 Thursdays of every even month)

St. Joseph (first 4 Saturdays of every odd month)

Please contact the Marriage Preparation Coordinator for any questions.

Dalia Atisha E-mail: marriageprep@ecrc.us

  1. Natural Family PlanningYou must attend the NFP classes
    • No registration is required, you will sign in for each class. Or you can register at  https://www.ecrc.us/nfp/.
    • Mother of God Church offers the NFP classes on the First and Third Wednesday of every odd month from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the basement hall.
      • Simply pick a month and go to both classes (January, March, May, July, September, November)
  1. Marriage License – Apply for a marriage license in the county of your residence.
    • Oakland County: 1200 N Telegraph, Pontiac, MI (248-858-1000) dept. 413.
    • Macomb County: 40 N. Main St. Mount Clemens, MI 48043 (586-469-5205).
    • Wayne County: Call for information at (313- 224-6262).

 

  1. When applying for a marriage license be aware of the following:
    • A marriage license is only valid for 30 days from the date of application.
    • You do not need to get married in court; your church marriage will also be your legal marriage.
    • Bring your marriage license to the church at least two weeks before your wedding. The county office will give you three copies of your license, bring all of them in.
      • When you bring your license in, bring the correct spelling of the names of the Best Man and Maid of Honor; they need to be at least 18 years old. If they are not, then you need to determine another adult to be your legal witness to sign the license.
    • One week after your wedding your original marriage license will be ready to be picked up from the church office. Either the bride or groom may pick it up. No one else is allowed to pick it up for you. Your legal marriage license will need to be picked up from the county office.

 

  1. Rehearsal, Ceremony Coordination, and Music:
    • You are required to have a wedding rehearsal.
    • Contact Silvana Mezo to organize the details (Scheduling, music, cost, etc.) at 734-751-6043.

 

  1. Church Decorations:
    • The florist can only set up flowers in the church 30 minutes before the scheduled time of the wedding and must remove them immediately after the ceremony.
    • Please keep your church decorations simple. Do not block the priest, no lit candles, no excessive flowers, etc.

 

  1. Photographers Instructions:
    • The photographers can take as many pictures as they would like during the ceremony. There is a point in the ceremony where the bride and groom are centered for a posed picture.
    • Pictures with the family are not allowed in the church, the proper time for family pictures is at the reception.

 

  1. Day of the Wedding: 
    • You must be at the church at least 25 minutes before the scheduled time of your wedding. There may be another wedding schedule before or after yours.
    • Kids walking in the wedding party must be 3 years of age or older to walk alone.
    • You are not allowed to throw rice or candy inside or outside the church.
    • Please make sure no consumption of alcohol by the wedding party before the ceremony.
    • The bride and all bridesmaids are required to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately. A shawl is required to cover their shoulders & chest. Also, keep in mind the leg slit at a decent height for dresses.
    • No zorna or any loud music is allowed.
    • The unity candle with two small candles and the klela (bows) is your responsibility.
  1. You are free to invite any other Chaldean priest or other Catholic priests to attend your wedding ceremony.              
  1. The church freely offers the sacraments to the faithful as a means for God’s grace. If you would like to give a donation to support the church, you may do so. If you desire, a gift for the priests and deacon is separate and optional. The suggested church donation is $300 upon bringing the marriage license.