Marriage

Mass Times

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Sunday

7:00 AM Live Stream
9:00 AM Live Stream & Facebook Live
11:00 AM Live Stream & Facebook Live
1:00 PM Español Transmisión en Vivo y Facebook Live
6:00 PM LifeTeen Live Stream & Facebook Live

 

Mon-Fri

9:00 AM – Live Stream

Tues & Thurs

6:45 PM – No Stream

Wednesday

6:00 AM – No Stream

Saturday

10:00 AM Live Stream
5:00 PM Vigil Live Stream

 

MARRIAGE PREPRATION

Congratulations on your decision to enter Holy Matrimony in the Catholic Church. We at St. Anthony’s Parish welcome and rejoice with you! The celebration you are planning and the lifelong commitment you are choosing to make are signs of God’s great love for us all. One year prior to your anticipated wedding date, you should begin initial steps to begin the Marriage Preparation process. We are excited to be part of your decision to marry. This is a joyful time in your lives. We are here to support you and guide you through your preparation.

Jess Lambert
Marriage Coordinator

jlambert@ap.church

WEDDING DAY RESOURCES

Your wedding day will take a great deal of planning and we are here to help. The Celebration of Matrimony is within the Liturgy and below are all the guidelines to keep in mind and follow. Please click the button below.

First Step : Initial Discussion, Scheduling, Documents

Fill out the “Request for Marriage” 

Upon receiving the Request for Marriage form, the Adult Sacraments Coordinator will reach out to you to confirm your Wedding Date and Time and provide you with some general wedding information to get you started.

 

Initial Meeting with the Adult Sacraments Coordinator

In this initial meeting with Mary Batey, you will discuss the logistics for your marriage preparation and wedding day. You will complete the Prenuptial Questionnaire with her and go over the required documents, required preparation, and logistics for your wedding day. This meeting can be in person or via Zoom.

Marriage Preparation Guidebook Marriage Documents Needed Marriage Prep & Wedding Fees

Second Step : Prepare & Enrich and Facilitator Meetings

Complete the “Prepare & Enrich” Online Assessment

The Bride and Groom will each receive a login code by email so that you both take your Prepare-Enrich assessment online separately. There is an online one-time fee of $35 that covers the both of you to take this online assessment questionnaire. If you cannot pay this fee, please inform the Adult Sacraments Coordinator.

 

Prepare & Enrich Facilitator Meetings

You will meet with a Prepare and Enrich Facilitator for at least 2-3 meetings to go over your Prepare and Enrich results. You will discuss various topics and go over strengths and growth areas in your relationship. After you complete these meetings you will be paired up with a Sponsor Couple.

Third Step : Sponsor Couple Sessions

During your Marriage Preparation process, you will be assigned a Sponsor Couple to journey with. You will be paired with a married couple living a happy, Christian marriage and they will share their experiences. 

 

Those preparing for marriage meet with a Sponsor Couple:

  • 5-6 outlined sessions: comprised of individual reflection, written assignments and dialogue.
  • In the Sponsor Couple’s Home
  • At mutually agreed on times
  • The sessions will begin after the couple has met with the Clergy.

 

If you are a married couple and are interested in becoming a Sponsor Couple, please email sponsorcouples@ap.church .

 

Fourth Step : Complete POMS Online Course & NFP

POMS

At any point during your marriage preparation process you can go online and take our POMS Session. It covers Theology of the Body, Natural Family Planning and Your Wedding Ceremony.

 

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is fertility awareness, which is simply knowledge of a couple’s fertility. It is a means of reading the body’s signs of fertility and infertility. A married couple can use NFP to either achieve a pregnancy or to postpone a pregnancy. Practicing NFP is 100% natural — there are no drugs, chemicals or devices involved, which is one reason many today find it to be a positive and refreshing alternative to contraceptive methods.

 

NFP honors our dignity as persons by respecting the natural rhythms and functions of the body. It is very common to hear couples who use NFP speak of an increased awe and respect for femininity and their mutual fertility, and a greater sense of empowerment through self-knowledge. There are various “Methods” and ways to practice NFP. For more information, resources, online classes, or lists of in person classes, click the link below.

POMS Online Course - COMING SPRING 2021 Natural Family Planning Resources

Fifth Step : Request Music for Wedding

Our office is here to assist couples with music preparations for weddings.  Music is a normal part of any Sacrament and we want to make sure that all music needs are met, so advance planning is important.   Your answers to the questions below will help us assist you in choosing musicians for your wedding.  Once confirmed, those musicians will then help you choose the music for your wedding.

  • PLEASE NOTE: If there is to be music in the liturgy, it can only be Live Music. You are not allowed to play music through a streaming site such as iTunes, Spotify, etc.

 

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are using a professional outside musician, you still need to fill out the request for music form. The reason being is that all the music selected must be approved. There is set up required for all the equipment which requires a St. Anthony’s Technician to be present. This must be approved at least 6 months in advance.

 

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are not planning on using St. Anthony Musicians, but would rather have a family member or friend sing for your wedding, it MUST BE APPROVED by our Music Ministry Department. You still need to fill out the request for music form. The reason being is that all the music selected must be approved. There is set up required for all the equipment which requires a St. Anthony’s Technician to be present. We cannot accommodate any last-minute “I would like _______ to sing a few songs at our wedding.” It all has to be approved by our Music Ministry Department at least 6 months in advance. 

 

 

Even though it is the norm, there are a couple of instances where music is optional.

  • If your wedding is to be held in our Chapel, music is optional. If you do not want to have music, then you do not need to fill out the request form. If you do want music, please fill out the request form below.
  • If your wedding is a Convalidation or a small private Wedding on a weekday, you are not required to have music.

 

If you have any questions please contact :

Ashley Orlando
Music Ministry Assistant

832-482-4032

aorlando@ap.church

Request for Wedding Music

Sixth Step: Liturgy Selection For Wedding Ceremony

Please use the Rite of Matrimony guidebook (below) to guide you through this selection process. This needs to be submitted at least 2 months before your wedding so your Wedding Coordinator can contact you to discuss details of your rehearsal and wedding day. Any questions please contact :

Jess Lambert
Marriage Coordinator

jlambert@ap.church

Rite of Matrimony Guidebook Ritual Del Matrimonio Wedding Liturgy Selection Form
Marriage FAQs & Requests

1. When should I contact the Church? What days can I get married in the Church?

ALWAYS secure the church first! Please contact us ASAP. Most churches require only 6 Months in advance. However, at St. Anthony’s we have weddings scheduled 1.5-2 years away. So the sooner you have your wedding date, the better!

 

Depending on availability, our church is normally available throughout the week AFTER 5 pm with the exception of Tuesday/Thursday evenings, Saturdays in the Chapel at 11:30, Saturdays in the Church at 2 pm or 7:30 pm. STAOP cannot celebrate weddings on Sundays.

2. Can we have a priest come and marry us at our reception venue?

Short Answer, No. Catholic marriage is a sacrament and so it is celebrated within the context of a sanctuary. Unless the location is a place approved by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston which will require a special dispensation from the Bishop or Archbishop.

3. I am Catholic but my fiancé is not, can we still get married in the Catholic Church?

YES! When you come in for your marriage preparation you will fill out a form called a Canonical Dispensation or Permission for a Mixed Marriage. This form covers baptized non-Catholics, non-baptized persons, Catholics who have notoriously rejected the Faith and lapsed Catholics.

4. I am Catholic and my fiancé is not, can I still have a Nuptial Mass?

YES! However, there are some things to consider. If the fiancé’s family is not Catholic, it could cause some tension when it comes time to receive communion when only you can receive and your fiancé cannot. In this situation, it is suggested to do a celebration outside of Mass called a Liturgy of the Word which includes the readings, prayers, consent [vows], but not communion.

5. Can a Catholic priest, not from this parish, come and marry us?

YES! Please have them contact the Marriage Preparation Coordinator so that they can facilitate the letter to the Pastor asking permission for delegation within our territory. He will need a letter of good standing from his Diocese or Superior.

6. I am divorced, re-married civilly and am now looking for my Catholic church to “Bless our Marriage.” Do I need an annulment in order to be married in the Church?

YES! Contact our Adult Sacraments Coordinator to start the annulment process.  Even if it was a civil marriage to a non-Catholic/Catholic, this marriage still needs an annulment. There are 4 types of annulments, so depending on your situation depends on what type of annulment you need. The Adult Sacraments Coordinator can walk you through the entire process. 

7. What is a Convalidation? Isn't it just a blessing?

The Catholic Church believes that marriages entered into by non-Catholics in their particular church, or wherever they may take place, are valid. In the eyes of the Church, even two atheists or agnostics who are married civilly before a judge or magistrate enter into a valid marriage. Catholics, however, are bound to observe a certain form of marriage ritual in order that their marriage be valid. Canon law—the law of the Church—requires that Catholics enter into marriage by free mutual consent that is witnessed in a church by an authorized bishop, priest, or deacon and at least two other witnesses. Marriages in which one or both parties are Catholic and which are not witnessed by an authorized bishop, priest, or deacon, or which do not receive proper permission to take place in another forum, are considered invalid in the eyes of the Church.

 

Simply put, If the couple has entered into a civil marriage and if either spouse is Baptized Catholic and they were not married in the Catholic Church, then they would need a Convalidation, to validate their marriage in the eyes of the Church.

 

Regardless of what happened in the past, the Catholic Church invites you to bring new meaning to your lives by embracing the vocation of marriage and dedicating your family’s mission to sharing God’s love.

Convalidation

The Catholic Church believes that marriages entered into by non-Catholics in their particular church, or wherever they may take place, are valid. In the eyes of the Church, even two atheists or agnostics who are married civilly before a judge or magistrate enter into a valid marriage. Catholics, however, are bound to observe a certain form of marriage ritual in order that their marriage be valid. Canon law—the law of the Church—requires that Catholics enter into marriage by free mutual consent that is witnessed in a church by an authorized bishop, priest, or deacon and at least two other witnesses. Marriages in which one or both parties are Catholic and which are not witnessed by an authorized bishop, priest, or deacon, or which do not receive proper permission to take place in another forum, are considered invalid in the eyes of the Church.

 

Simply put, If the couple has entered into a civil marriage and if either spouse is Baptized Catholic and they were not married in the Catholic Church, then they would need a Convalidation, to validate their marriage in the eyes of the Church.

 

Regardless of what happened in the past, the Catholic Church invites you to bring new meaning to your lives by embracing the vocation of marriage and dedicating your family’s mission to sharing God’s love.

Convalidations Explained
Convalidation Program & Process
Jess Lambert
Marriage Coordinator

jlambert@ap.church

WEDDING COORDINATORS

We need you! We are in need of volunteers to be Wedding Coordinators here at St. Anthony’s! About 2 weeks before the Wedding Day of a couple, the Wedding Coordinator contacts the Bride and Groom and goes over the details of their wedding ceremony. The Wedding Coordinator is responsible for running the wedding rehearsal the day before the wedding. Then on the big day, they are responsible for setting up the church, and assisting the musicians, florists, photographers, and families as they arrive for this special day and making them feel at ease as they await the ceremony to start. This is a great opportunity to be a welcoming face and a calming presence on their big day.

 

Wedding Coordinators must attend the training session and assist a veteran Wedding Coordinator at 2-3 weddings before becoming a Wedding Coordinator Lead. Once you become a Wedding Coordinator Lead, there is a stipend for every wedding you coordinate. A schedule of Weddings is provided to the Wedding Coordinators so they can sign up for the ones they are willing and able to coordinate.

 

Mary Batey, the Coordinator of Adult Formation and Sacraments, would provide you will the information about the couple that you need to know in order to run their rehearsals and the wedding ceremony.

 

If you are interested, please sign up for one of our upcoming training sessions.

 

Los coordinadores de bodas juegan un papel vital durante el ensayo de la boda, antes, y durante la ceremonia de la boda. Ellos son responsables de la creación de la iglesia antes de una boda, que incluye ayudar a las familias a medida que llegan para este día especial y hacer que se sientan cómodos mientras esperan el servicio para empezar. Póngase en contacto con nosotros si usted está interesado en ser un coordinador de bodas.

Jess Lambert
Marriage Coordinator

jlambert@ap.church

Wedding Coordinator Trainings
Annulments

 

The ending of a marriage is a difficult experience, and divorce is one of life’s tragedies. Many marriages end in divorce in spite of good intentions and the establishment of a family. We are sensitive to the pain and stress that a failed marital relationship brings to those involved. We are here to assist those who want to know more and those who want to file a petition for an annulment.

 

Want to talk to someone about the process and learn more about what an annulment is? Contact

Mary Batey
Coordinator of Adult Formation & Sacraments

832-482-4147

mbatey@ap.church

Information About Annulments

Types of Petition Forms

Please note…

There are different types of nullity petitions. To ensure that you do not complete an incorrect petition form, you must FIRST consult with a Case Sponsor at a Catholic parish. A Case Sponsor is a priest, deacon or lay person designated by the parish who determines what type of petition you must complete and assists you in the preparation of the petition. (There is no fee associated with obtaining a petition form or for the services of a Case Sponsor.) Contact us to get assigned a Case Sponsor. A petition will NOT be accepted without a Case Sponsor.

Formal Church Petition for a Declaration of Nullity Lack of Canonical Form Prior Bond (Ligamen) Petition Privilege of the Faith Petition