Matrimony

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About the Sacrament

The Sacrament of Matrimony is a sacred celebration by which a Christian couple publicly vows to be faithful to each other “in good times and in bad” for the rest of their lives. By virtue of their baptism, the couple becomes a living sign of the love of Christ for his bride, the Church. The priest serves as the official witness on behalf of the Church (and the state), and often celebrates the Eucharist during the Wedding, but the ministers of the sacrament of matrimony are truly the groom and bride themselves. 

Getting Married at SFDS

We are just as excited for your wedding as you must be! Our magnificent parish church with its iconic dome, reverent atmosphere, and powerful French organ is ready to accommodate your wedding celebration. 

Archdiocesan policy requires that couples planning to marry contact the parish at least six months before the intended marriage date. Couples should arrange an appointment with our pastor through the rectory. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, they are required to undergo a Marriage Preparation ("Pre-Cana”) course. These are conducted through the Archdiocesan Office on Life and Family.

Please make your arrangements with the church before planning the other important details of your wedding. Register below to save your date.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Saint Francis de sales parish

215 222-5819

4625 Springfield Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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