Hello and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! On behalf of our Pastor Father John Schwartzlose, and all the clergy and staff here at St. Gabriel, we are delighted to be a part of the beginning of your lives together as a married couple!
This Wedding Preparation Packet is intended to provide answers to most of the questions you both might have in regards to your getting married in the Catholic Church here at St. Gabriel.
Your first step is the one you are probably taking right now . . . meeting with our Parish Staff Wedding Coordinator, Nichole Kendall. She will take all of your basic information – in particular your desired wedding and rehearsal dates and the type of ceremony you will need – and begin the process of checking availability and scheduling things for you. She will also have presented you with this “Wedding Packet” which contains several important pieces of information in addition to this welcome letter.
The “Planning Your Wedding at St Gabriel” Parish Guidelines booklet should answer most of the “policy and rule-related” questions you might have. Also the Archdiocesan booklet “Preparing for Matrimony” contains a welcome message from Archbishop Kurtz as well as detailed information (along with dates and registration links) concerning the various preparation programs available for you. You should both together prayerfully consider which Preparation Program you are interested in attending, and go ahead and sign up online for the session dates which work best for you. I am always happy to answer any and all questions about any of these programs, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as you work to decide!
In the coming weeks I will be reaching out to you via email to set up our initial meeting together. I always try and schedule this meeting in close proximity to when you are attending your Marriage Preparation program session, so as soon as you have that date set, by all means, please let me know. Once that is done, we will set up our first meeting together as well as arrange for you both to take online our FOCCUS premarital inventory, a really powerful and fun tool we have found to be very helpful in preparing couples for marriage.
And that’s it for now! My business card as Director of Family Ministries is attached for your convenience so please email or call me at any time!
Thanks again for allowing us to be a part of this special moment in your lives . . . and may God bless you always!
Deacon Stephen Bowling
St Gabriel the Archangel Parish
Director of Family Ministries, Archdiocese of Louisville