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Planning the Ceremony

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Once your freedom to marry is established and you have completed your participation in the programs mandated by the Archdiocese of Miami or the completed file has been received at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton from another parish, you can begin to plan for the actual celebration of marriage.

If you would like a priest or deacon other than St. Elizabeth Ann Seton clergy, the priest or deacon must send a letter to the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton requesting the delegation mandated by Canon Law to lawfully witness your marriage.

You need to choose the readings for the celebration. As you choose them, we encourage you to read together all of the readings and Psalms available and to meditate on them as a couple. The prayerful reading of Scripture, known as lectio divina, is a very ancient practice in the Catholic Church. Prayerfully reading the proposed Scripture passages as you endeavor to choose one for the celebration will be beneficial to you individually and as a couple.

When it comes to the exchange of consent or marriage vows, you may also choose from the different options provided in the ritual. You may not, however, write your own.

At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we encourage the inclusion of Liturgical Music during the celebration, you would have to contact Mr. Edward J. Persin, the Director of Liturgical Music who will inform you of the different possibilities and prices that musicians charge.

If you wish to have your marriage videotaped or photographed you will have to hire a professional to do that and they must follow the proper protocol of conducting themselves in Sacred space.

A rehearsal will be scheduled with Deacon Mario and Olga Lopez to assist you in the actual planning of the details and rehearsal.

Marriage license
If you have not entered into a civil marriage, if the celebration is not a convalidation of an existing civil marriage, you must purchase a Marriage License in the County Clerk’s Office. The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase. We suggest that you purchase your license 30 days prior to the wedding and that it be brought into the office at that time. Keep in mind that the State of Florida requires that there be a 3 (three) day waiting period for obtaining the Marriage License. The number to call for more information is (954) 831-7283 or visit https://www.clerk-17-flcourts.org/clerkwebsite/Marriage/Default.aspx

Please note that it is against the law (and prohibited by Canon Law) for a priest or deacon to celebrate a marriage without a license. They are held personally responsible. Therefore, if you fail to provide a valid marriage license prior to the day of marriage or a valid license is not available on the intended date, the celebration will have to be postponed until you obtain the license from the civil authorities.

Wedding rehearsal
The Wedding Rehearsal is arranged with Deacon Mario and Olga Lopez and usually takes place the day before the Wedding Ceremony. The time of the rehearsal is set to accommodate the overall arrangements.

Deacon Mario and Olga Lopez are the only persons authorized to manage and arrange wedding procedures at the rehearsal. Personal wedding planners have no authority on Church premises. Liturgical norms, Canon Law and parish guidelines are to be adhered to strictly.

It is extremely important that all participating members be on time for the rehearsal. The Church is needed for evening Masses and other planned events and tardiness disrupts the entire schedule. If the wedding rehearsal begins late, it will end promptly at the appointed time.

All participating members of the wedding party are required to be present, including the bride and groom, maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girls, best man, groomsmen, ring bearers, lectors, and parents. However, we ask that you do not invite anyone who is not in the wedding party to the wedding rehearsal.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
It is very important that you go to confession before your wedding, especially if you have been away from the sacramental life of the Church for a long time or if you have not been to confession for a while. You are encouraged to make an appointment with a priest on the day of the rehearsal or you may come to our parish during the regular hours when the sacrament is celebrated and proceed to the confessional to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. You can check the confession schedule at other parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami by visiting the Archdiocesan website www.miamiarch.org .

If you are Catholic and are marrying a Christian you will be receiving the sacramental grace of marriage and if you are going to receive Communion, you have to be in a state of grace. If you are aware of a serious sin, you need to go to confession before you receive communion. If you are not sure consult with a priest.

Daily Mass Schedule
Monday-Saturday
8:30am in the chapel

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil
5:30pm

Sunday Masses
7:30am, 8:30am, 10:00am and 11:30am

Chapel Hours
Daily Rosary
Monday - Saturday 8:00am

Chapel is open
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday
8:00am - 5:30pm

Adoration
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
9:00 - 10:00am

Sunday - Friday
5:00 - 10:00pm

Reconciliation
Saturday
4:00-5:00pm or by appointment

Baptisms
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Marriages
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Parish Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday
8:00am - 1:00pm