Post # 1
I’m actually getting married in Chicago, but while living in Laurel, am trying to complete the prep work.
I was wondering if anyone knew offhand of a priest or church in the DC/Baltimore/NoVA area that will help with the preparation (meetings, not ceremony planning) even if you aren’t getting married in their church.
Post # 3
Have you looked up the diocese that supports the area? They probably have a webiste. That’s the same boat I was kind of in. We got married in Ohio, but were living in Chicago. I just looked up the dicoese that supported Chicago and found a pre-cana class to register for. It was really easy.
Post # 4
I’m living 3,000 miles from the church I’m getting married in. Some churches require you to be an official “member” of their church in order to do your prep, and since I’m staying here for the next few years, we officially “joined” a church (ie, sent in a registration form). Most churches have a specific person you can contact to ask about their preparation process – I’d start by contacting the church secretary.
I’d also echo @otb. If you go to your local diocese’s website, you should be able to find information about their preparation courses. We had the option of doing an Engaged Encounter retreat through our local diocese. We chose to do it in the church because the retreat dates conflicted with our schedules and were a little expensive, but both were good options.
Post # 5
I joined my local parish, but I’m getting married in my hometown. So I’m doing all the prep work with my local parish, and the wedding in my hometown. I think that is probably the easiest way to do it.
But if it helps- when I was searching for the same info you were, I did find that Holy Trinity in Georgetown was a possibility. I don’t think they require you to be a parishoner to do the marriage prep. Although that can be far to travel on a regular basis, so I’m glad I decided to join and do prep work at the closest church to where I live.
Also, I first checked with the church I’m getting married at in my hometown to see what requirements I needed to fulfill. So I’d recommend doing that. The priest there basically told me to do whatever my local parish needed, and they would just transfer the information package once the prep was complete.
Post # 6
@jacqui, I actually got Holy Trinity from the priest who is doing our ceremony. The Jesuits, stick together 🙂 DC is only 20 mins from our house, so that’s definitely not out of the question.
Our local church that we would join requires you be a parishioner for at least 6 months before you can get their approval to get married anywhere else. Because I’m not sure how long we’ll be living here, that isn’t something I want to get into.
That’s a good idea about finding a place out here that supports the Archdiocese of Chicago, @otb. My officiant told me I just need to complete the questionaire and the pre-cana class. Everything else we will cover with him.