Congratulations! The Community of Corpus Christi and the Church rejoice with you!
The decision to marry is a joyful moment for you, your families and the Church. We are happy to be a part of this holy moment of celebration. As one of the Seven Sacraments, Marriage is a blessing in our lives given by God and entered into with hope and prudence. The parish is anxious to help you prepare not only for the wedding day, but for your lifelong marriage commitment.
The marriage of a man and a woman is a symbol of Christ's love for His Church. Therefore, the exchange of wedding vows takes place in the context of the community. Your family and friends represent all the People of God. Together, we bless you and support you. As a Sacrament, you enter into a covenant with God and each another. From a social perspective, you enter into a contract with society creating the most basic pillar of society, the family. In both, you promise a love to last a lifetime!
Marriage in the Catholic Church also expresses a commitment to the faith and its practice. These months of engagement are an ideal time to reflect on your faith. This may mean a deepening of your relationship with God, or it could mean a fresh start, a renewal of commitment. We encourage you to be sure to spend time in prayer, especially at Sunday Mass, as you enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. May God bless you during these exciting days!
With Best Wishes,
The Community of Corpus Christi Catholic Church
There are some very important requirements to be fulfilled before a wedding takes place.
The parish must be contacted a minimum of six months in advance prior to the wedding.
Parish office: 510 790-3207
This is important because the date must be reserved and all preparation must be complete.
Marriage preparation consists of
It is a lot to cover, so it is important to honor the six month requirement. A year would be better and to your advantage!
We will need the following documents:
If you have been married before --- in any church or before a judge or any other civil authority, even to each other, please let the person taking the initial information know when you call the parish. If you have been married before, you will need to provide these document(s):
Everyone wants their wedding to be special, and they all are! Because you are asking God's blessing upon your marriage, the wedding must take place in church, except in extraordinary cases. No wedding can take place outdoors.
All liturgical guidelines are in effect, so your wedding reflects the faith commitment of all involved. Music, décor, gestures, clothing should all be a sign of respect for God and His house.
The best rule for the wedding is to keep it simple. Extravagant numbers of couples for the wedding party is out of place. You must have a Best Man and Maid of Honor. The wedding party and other principal players for your wedding should be at the church 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the wedding.
There is no way to thank God enough for the blessing that comes in marriage. The donations outlined here merely help in supporting the work of Corpus Christi Church.
The deposit will go toward the final donation total.
Other fees, such as the PreCana, musician and cantor fees are dealt with directly with those parties. The church donation check should be made out to Corpus Christi Church. It will go directly to the parish and is not retained by the priest or deacon witnessing your wedding. An honorarium for that person is appreciated but optional.
Please bring to the rehearsal
the Alameda County Marriage License.
Many weddings use a photographer or videographer to preserve the happy memories. They should be on time, dressed properly and discreet. Sometimes in trying to preserve the moment (and get that "special shot") they can ruin the moment by jumping in the aisle, blocking your parents' view, etc. Please talk to the celebrant about it.