For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Marriage Preparation Page
If you are interested in hosting your wedding here at St Francis, we welcome you. Please notify us at least 6 months in advance of your wedding date in order to properly prepare for your special day.
About the process
You will first need to contact the Parish Office to set up a meeting with our pastor, Fr. Dick Hayatsu. Then you meet with Gena Alieo, our wedding coordinator. Gena will be with you after you meet with Father until the day of your wedding, to guide you through the process.
You will be required to attend either one of these two programs:
Evenings For The Engaged: This marriage preparation program is developed for couples preparing for the sacrament of Matrimony. You will meet with other married couples from our parish for 1.5 hours, one night a week for 6 weeks.
Catholic Engaged Encounter: This weekend experience is designed for the engaged couple to concentrate exclusively on each other (ceeseattle.org).
The Catholic Engaged Encounter program is not held at St. Francis so please visit their website (ceeseattle.org) in order to learn more about the program.
Contact the Parish Office for information on how to get started (206) 242-4575 or email: ParishOffice@stfoa.org
Marriage Encounter Weekend
Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships, but also often become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier.
A helpful resource is Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)