Our Sacramental Life


“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one.”
-Genesis 2:24
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God.

You are engaged to be married and, desiring the blessing of God on your union, have approached the Church to witness and seal your vows to each other. The Church stands ready to assist you as you embark upon what is perhaps the most important decision and commitment of your life.

If you are interested in getting married in our church, please contact the Parish Office at (201) 438-2200 to speak with a member of our parish staff about setting up a meeting with a priest or deacon.

Important Information
According to the NJ Common Policy, couples must register
ONE YEAR in advance.

Click here to register for Preparation Classes

Preparation Process

Step 1

Contact the Parish

The marriage preparation process begins with your first call to the parish inquiring about being married in the Church. Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of our parish staff will facilitate arrangements for you to meet with a priest or deacon as soon as possible. A date for your wedding may not be entered into the parish calendar until such a meeting takes place. Standard preparation time is one year.

Step 2

Initial Meeting with Priest or Deacon

At the time of your first meeting, the priest or deacon will explain the marriage preparation process, and provide information about the available marriage preparation programs you are required to attend. You have the option of selecting the program best suited to your needs. The priest or deacon will begin to fill out the necessary canonical forms, and advise you as to what Church and civil documents are needed.

Step 3

Complete the Pre-Marital Inventory

A pre-marital inventory provides a personalized profile of your relationship. The individualized couple feedback covers topic areas important to marriage: lifestyle expectations, friends, interests, personality match, personal issues, problem solving, communication, etc. It is advised that the inventory be taken prior to attending the marriage preparation sessions, and can be arranged through your Priest or Deacon.

Step 4

Register & Attend Pre-Marital Instruction Courses

Marriage Preparation classes are held in two parts. Each is listed below. The fee for each session is $100, and includes materials, online session and one completion certificate. Sessions can be taken in either order. These sessions are provided by the Archdiocese of Newark.

Step 5

Continue Meeting with the Priest or Deacon

Continue formation meetings with Pastoral Minister to present necessary forms (Certificates of Completion, Sacramental forms, etc.), review Marriage Inventory results, and choose liturgical options.

Preparation Courses

Sacramental Preparation - MANDATORY

God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

“God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage” is designed to help engaged couples understand and embrace a Catholic vision of married love. The God’s Plan session provides a full catechesis of the Church’s teaching, in an uplifting manner that resonates within the human heart. Based on Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”, this session is intended to enhance a key component of marriage preparation: catechesis in the theology of marriage and the gift of human sexuality. The registration fee is $100 per couple. Certificate is issued.

Life Skills Marriage Preparation - MANDATORY


The Marriage Preparation Session (i.e. Pre-Cana) offers practical insights and assistance in building a successful marriage. Topics covered include: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Family of Origin, Finances and more. The registration fee is $100 per couple. Certificate is issued.


Natural Family Planning Seminar

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the natural, healthy, morally acceptable methods of family planning recommended by the Catholic Church to help couples space, achieve, or avoid pregnancy. These methods, also called Fertility Awareness methods, are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs of the fertile and infertile phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The women’s body provides certain signs and symptoms which tell her when she can conceive or not conceive a child. The main signs are: changes in the cervix, cervical mucus and resting body temperature. Couples can learn to observe, record, and interpret these signs with a high degree of accuracy.

This can also be taken at any time in a couples’ marital journey.

Currently, there are distance learning methods approved by the USCCB that can be found here: NFP Distance Learning

Please note, if you choose to use one of these methods, you would register and pay directly with the organization you choose.