"Married Christians, in virtue of the sacrament of Matrimony, signify and share in the mystery of the unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and his Church; they help each other to attain holiness in their married life and in the rearing and education of their children, and they have their own special gift among the people of God."
(Introduction to the Rite of Marriage, #1)
We welcome you to St. Gabriel for your wedding, and we congratulate you on your decision to marry! When lived with respect and fidelity and with faith in Christ’s sustaining presence, marriage can be an extraordinary blessing throughout all of life’s moments.
All of the initial information needed is located in the wedding booklet, "Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage". For important highlights about having your wedding at St. Gabriel, please keep reading.
Once you have read through the Wedding Booklet, please contact Msgr. Thomas Phillips for the next steps in scheduling your wedding.
Couples are to contact the Parish Office at least six months before any wedding plans may be made. It is most important that arrangements are made first with the priest/deacon before any other arrangements are finalized (i.e. reception facilities, caterers, etc.). Weddings can be held in the Main Church of St. Gabriel.
Due to the great number of events held at St. Gabriel throughout the year, weddings may be held at St. Gabriel only on Saturdays at 10 am, 12noon, or 2 pm. Wedding rehearsals are typically scheduled Friday evening at 6:30 pm. Other times for rehearsals may be requested or required depending upon St. Gabriel's schedule.
Because of the number of weddings at St Gabriel, the clergy staff is able to witness only the weddings of parishioners of St. Gabriel. Non–parishioners must contact a priest or deacon to be responsible for their wedding and be present for the rehearsal. Couples whose wedding is to be witnessed by a priest or deacon who is not on staff at St. Gabriel must have the Archdiocese of Baltimore credentials (www.archbalt.org) and request permission from one of St. Gabriel parish clergy. More details are included in the Wedding Booklet (above).
The fee for use of St. Gabriel for a wedding is $400 for parishioners of St. Gabriel and $800 for non–parishioners.
In light of the large amount of time and effort that planning a wedding requires on the part of the presiding priest or deacon, it is suggested that the couple make a personal offering of $150 to the celebrant.
Fees for musicians are in addition to the fee for use of the church. Basic fees are $250 for the organist and $150 for the cantor/soloist. Additional charges may apply. See the Wedding Booklet section on liturgical music for more details. These fees should be paid to St. Gabriel no later than two months prior to the wedding.
In addition to reading the Wedding Booklet (above) for information on documentation, scheduling, fees, marriage preparation, liturgical and music planning, we believe the following resources are useful:
Upcoming Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) programs in the Archdiocese
Other marriage resources from the Archdiocese
Online Marriage Prep Class or call 1-855-PRE CANA (773-2262)