The Sacrament of Marriage


Mr.& Mrs.

"And the two shall become one." 
Mark 10:8



Seven Sorrows Parish has established guidelines to help make your wedding
organized, personal and prayerful.   

The Sacrament of Marriage is so sacred a bond, that man and woman are united in an indissoluble union of love.

It is God who unites them as one.  

It is HE who seals their love in a Sacrament symbolizing the union of
CHRIST with His Bride, the Church.


Matrimony arrangements should be made well in advance of the propsed marriage date.
Please call the Rectory at 717-944-3133/First come, first serve basis

 Wedding times are:
Saturday at 11:00am or 2:00pm.

Wedding Agreement Form (PDF)

Marriage Preparation Classes
(Click HERE to print flier)
Prior to your wedding, you are required to attend 1 of 2 types of Marriage Prep.

Option #1
(Marriage Prep Classes & Sacrament Seminar)

 Marriage Prep Classes

Fee is $50.00

Marriage Prep is a program where trained married couples from SS mentor the engaged couple during 6-8 meetings lasting approx. 1 hour and held in the mentor couple’s home.  This program requires confidential discussions.

Print Registration Form (PDF)

Marriage as a Sacrament Seminar...God's Plan for Love

Fee is $100.00
Includes all books, materials and a 1-year subscription to Foundations.

This program consists of presentations on: God’s Plan for Marriage; The Basics of Marriage in the Church; Marital Sexuality; and Natural Family Planning.

Register online at:
Use Registration Form
(Call Rectory 717-944-3133)

Option #2

Engaged Encounter Weekend
$375.00 includes overnight lodging, meals & materials

The Engaged Encounter Weekend is one full weekend of preparation, and based on private discussion between the couple at a retreat center in Lancaster.  There is no group discussion.

For more detailed information please request brochure
from Rectory @ 717 944-3133

Must register at

In addition to the above program, the couple will meet privately with Father Ted. 
The exact number of meetings vaires and will be negotiated by Father and the couple.




"As for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD"

Joshua 24:15  

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Requirements of Cannon Law:
The Church law states that the marriage must take place either in the church of the bride or groom.  The bride and/or groom should be a registered member of Seven Sorrows Parish.  A Catholic partner, who is not a member of Seven Sorrows, should be a registered memeber of a parish community and be sacramentally participating in the life of the Church, including Penance regularly and Mass weekly.  Marriage in another church needs the written permission of the pastor - either bride or groom. The priest will advise regarding interfaith marriages.

Both the bride and groom must never have been married before, i.e. both have never participated in any wedding ceremony by a Priest, Deacon, Rabbi, or Justice of the Peace, unless an Annulment from the Catholic Church as already been granted.

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