A wedding is a celebration that requires careful preparation. In order make your wedding plans come true, please contact us at least a few months in advance to choose available dates and times. Weddings are celebrated in Notre-Dame Basilica and Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel, usually on Saturdays at 1:30 PM or 3:30 PM. The church is closed to visitors and tours during the ceremony. Please note that no weddings are held on Sundays.
Steps toward the sacrament
The priest meets the couple, and describes the steps to be taken in preparation for their wedding:
- Pre-Marriage interview with the priest
- Assembly of birth and Confirmation certificates
- Marriage preparation and counselling course (Couples may register for the course at any official organization recognized by the Archdiocese of Montreal.)
- Second meeting with the priest. At this time, the Marriage file and supporting documents are completed.
- Selection of a date for the wedding rehearsal (usually one week prior to the wedding ceremony)
The sacrament of Matrimony
St. Paul says: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church...This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:25; 5:32).
The Marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children.
An indissoluble union
Christ the Lord raised Marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. The sacrament of Marriage signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved His Church. The grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.
A public celebration
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. Since Marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful.
Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to Marriage. Polygamy is incompatible with the unity of Marriage; divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its “supreme gift,” the child.
The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.
Making a home for children
The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.