Marriage

Couples seeking the Sacrament of Matrimony at Blessed Sacrament Parish should contact the parish office at 613-232-4891 to arrange a Prenuptial Interview with the Pastor at least 8 months prior to the desired date (if available).   Please note that the Wedding Fee is $560 and does not include musicians, Hall rental or the Marriage Preparation Course.  All couples must complete a Marriage Preparation Course (see details below).

Please review our Marriage Booklet by clicking  →   Marriage Ceremony – Documents, Guidelines, Readings, Songs etc.

Blessed Sacrament’s 2019 Marriage Preparation Course runs for 4-days over two (2) consecutive weekends (see dates below).  The Marriage Preparation Course Fee is $100.  It is important to note that Blessed Sacrament only offers one (1) course per year in the spring.

To register for the Marriage Preparation Course, or to receive more information on the course, please contact Cathy Bourguignon, our Marriage Preparation Course Coordinator, at 613-699-5624, cpbourguignon@gmail.com.

If you are unable to attend the course at Blessed Sacrament, please contact the Archdiocese, Pastoral Services at 613-738-5025, and they will provide you with a list of Ottawa parishes offering this course, or CLICK HERE to view the list.

An 8-hour online course is available for couples who are unable to attend any of the courses offered in the Diocese at www.catholicmarriageprep.com/ or catholicmarriageprepclass.com/.

If you choose to complete the course with another Parish or take it online, make sure to provide the Certificate of Completion to the parish office for your marriage file.

2019 Marriage Prep Course — 4-days over two (2) consecutive weekends

1st Weekend

2nd Weekend

Friday, April 26, 2019   (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

Friday, May 3, 2019  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

Saturday, April 27, 2019  (1:00 – 4:30 PM)

Saturday, May 4, 2019  (1:00 – 4:30 PM)

 

 

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Blessed Sacrament Parish is the home of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of the Cape. Although giving flowers to Mary during a Catholic wedding is not part of the Rite of Marriage, many couples who have a devotion to Mary want to take a moment before the conclusion of the liturgy to offer prayers to Mary as they begin their life together. Mary is a wonderful model of how we are to live out our faith and trust in God.

Couples offer flowers to the statue of Our Blessed Mother, usually the Bridal Bouquet, and pray for her intercession.  You may choose a Marian hymn such as the “Ave Maria” to be sung during this time. Praying the Hail Mary after laying the flowers before the statue of Mary is a simple way to carry out this devotion. In these cases too, Brides would normally have a second, somewhat simpler bouquet, to go out with.  

What kind of flowers should be placed before the statue of Mary during a Catholic wedding? While almost any flower would be appropriate for this devotion, the flowers that have a special connection to the Virgin Mary are lilies, roses, the iris, impatiens, marigolds, violets, the May Hawthorn, and many others. Arrange for one of these flowers to be placed near your seats in front of the church so that when the time comes to bring the flowers to Mary, you will be able to pick them up and take them to the statue.