Marriage is a wonderful sacrament shared between a man and a woman; it is a public sign of your lifelong love and commitment to one another. When you have found the one you hope to spend your future with, please give us a call at 310-540-0329, ext. 223 at least six months in advance of your desired wedding date.
What to Expect
All couples preparing for marriage at St. Lawrence Martyr Church are required to meet with one of our priests to assess your readiness for marriage, to set the date in the church calendar and to begin the process of Catholic marriage preparation. (In some circumstances it is also possible to have one of our deacons celebrate your wedding, particularly in cases where only one party is Catholic.)
In addition to meeting with your priest/celebrant, you will be required to participate in a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend, to complete a FOCCUS Premarital Inventory, and to attend a Wedding Information Night here at St. Lawrence Martyr.
Who may be married here?
In order to be married in the Catholic Church, at least one of the parties must be a baptized Catholic; ideally one who has completed all sacraments of initiation. Also, while we do have some availability to Catholics living outside the boundaries of St. Lawrence Martyr, please understand that preference will be given to active, registered parishioners of St. Lawrence Martyr and to those living within parish boundaries.
What times are available for weddings?
Weddings in the parish church are generally celebrated at 5:00pm on Fridays and at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturdays. It is not our practice to celebrate weddings on Sunday.
What is the cost?
You will be given a wedding guidelines book by your priest or deacon at your first appointment. Donations and fees are outlined there. If you need more detail prior to your first meeting, please call Susan Roberts at 310-540-0329, ext. 223.
What is the availability of the Chapel for weddings?
The parish center chapel may be made available for very small weddings and wedding convalidations at the discretion of the priest or deacon celebrant.
For those planning a wedding outside the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
We are available to assist you with your Catholic marriage preparation. This will include completion of the required prenuptial inquiry form and collecting the required documents from you. There is no charge for this service, other than those charges normally associated with marriage preparation at St. Lawrence Martyr, such as the Engaged Encounter Weekend Retreat fee and the Archdiocesan paperwork processing fee. As with weddings celebrated at St. Lawrence Martyr, preference is given to active and registered parishioners and those living within parish boundaries.
Wedding Information Nights
Join other brides and grooms for an overview of the marriage process. This information night is for couples who have already met with a priest. Registration is required. Please call the Susan Roberts at 310-540-0329 x223 to reserve a spot for an uncoming session.
Meetings are held on the following nights from 7:00-8:00pm in the St. Patrick Room, upstairs in the parish hall: