Marriage Preparation

Dear Bride and Groom-to-be,

Congratulations!

We welcome you to our church and pray that your planned marriage may be happy and holy. Star of the Sea wants everything to go smoothly for you. We offer a marriage preparation and instruction program which draws upon 20 centuries of faithful adherence to Tradition, sacred scripture, and practical experience.

Please contact Fr. John Matthew Fewel, at fr.johnfewel@starparish.com to begin your marriage preparation.

Father Fewel will help you with the following steps:

  1. Meet with him at the parish, become acquainted, discuss a date, and begin canonical paperwork.
  2. Contact Wedding Coordinator, Mariella Zevallos, (415)378-2360, or email mariella@starparish.com
  3. Contact Music Director, Lynn Kraehling lynn@starparish.com
  4. Sign up for marriage preparation courses, where a mentoring, married couple will assist you as sponsors in your journey, and help address any concerns or questions that might arise as you approach your wedding day.
  5. Most importantly as well, you will enroll in a Natural Family Planning course with one of our providers (Peg Buckley, pegbuck@sbcglobal.net or Preetha Valentine, preethavalentine@gmail.com).
  6. Then, it will be time to meet with Father again, to go over any issues or questions which may have come up in the course of your months-long preparation.
  7. Finally, meet with Father once again, to go over the ceremony and finalize paperwork.

Documents you will need:

  • A recently- issued copy of your baptismal certificate if you are Catholic
  • An annulment decree if you have been married before
  • Certificates from your completed marriage Prep and NFP courses

Fee Schedule

Parishioners who are current, registered, active, and contributing members for at least six months pay a total of $1150.00 in fees associated with a full, traditional, wedding at Star of the Sea Church, which breaks down as follows:

  • $600 for the use of the Church
  • $150 for the Wedding Coordinator
  • $200 for the Organist
  • $200 for the Cantor

Non-parishioners who wish to be married at Star of the Sea Church, pay a total in associated fees of $1750.

Alternatively, a simple exchange of vows before a priest and 1 witness may be arranged, having a fee of just $50.00.