Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement!

Marriage is a beautiful sign of the irrevocable love and unity between Jesus Christ, and His Bride, the Church. The Sacrament of Marriage images this total, faithful and fruitful relationship. We are happy to help prepare you for, not just your wedding day, but for the lifelong commitment of marriage.  If you would like get married at Blessed Sacrament, please contact the parish office at office@blessedsacrament.ca, or call 613-232-4891 to arrange a Prenuptial Interview with the Pastor at least 8 months prior to the desired date (if available).

For further information, please view the following document →  Wedding Fees, Guidelines, Required Documents, Song selection 

Important!

  • Please wait to meet with our Pastor before confirming your wedding date.
  • If couples are not registered parishioners, they will need to approach the Pastor of the parish where they attend Mass and/or live, and request a Letter of Permission to marry outside their parish boundaries.
  • A Marriage Preparation Course must be completed by all couples (see details below).

 

Marriage Preparation Course

All couples are required to take a Marriage Preparation Course.  Please note that Blessed Sacrament Parish does not offer this course.

The Marriage Preparation Course is an opportunity for you to journey together with other engaged couples as you learn about married life. It’s a chance to discover more about yourself and your fiancé/fiancée, and have some important discussions prior to getting married.

To register for a course, please refer to the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall website for a complete list of Ottawa parishes offering this course (CLICK HERE), or contact the Archdiocese Pastoral Services directly at 613-738-5025.

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/.

Once you have completed the course, please ensure to provide the Certificate of Completion to the parish office for your marriage file.

 

 

Click image to view the historic installation invitation.

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.