THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
AT CHRIST THE KING CHURCH
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME
Congratulations on your engagement and your decision to get married in the Catholic church. The Sacrament of Marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the church and is a lasting commitment of man and a woman to a lifelong partnership based on love and faith. At Christ the King, we are excited to prepare you for the Sacrament of Marriage and a life together with God.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND FEES
Couples must have known each other for at least six months, be at least 18 years of age, and at least one of them must be Catholic. Before requesting for a wedding date at Christ the King Church, the bride and/or groom must be registered members of the Church for a minimum of six months, regularly attend Mass, be actively engaged in the Church community and must have an established record of contributions by use of our online banking or envelope system.
Couples living outside of Christ the King’s boundaries should register in the proper territorial parish where they now live and celebrate their marriage at that Parish. If in doubt, you can visit the Christ the King website, http://www.ctkdallas.org, to determine the Christ the King Parish boundaries.
Fees of $1,150 are required for a wedding at Christ the King, which includes a wedding coordinator, an organist, and use of the church.
SCHEDULING YOUR WEDDING
To schedule a wedding at Christ the King, contact the Marriage Ministry, Jody and Mike Coffey, at 214-365-1200. Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and rehearsals are held on Friday evenings at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. There is no flexibility on these times due to other regularly scheduled Church events. A wedding date and time can only be reserved after meeting with Jody or Mike Coffey. Couples are encouraged to contact Christ the King one year in advance, but no less than six months, prior to their desired wedding date.
As with most sacraments, the Sacrament of Marriage requires preparation. The marriage preparation process, which focuses on developing the skills necessary for married life, consists of the following steps:
- Initial Meeting
- Pre-nuptial Questionnaire
- Freedom to Marry Affidavits
- Engaged Couple FOCCUS Survey
- Marriage Preparation Programs (Sponsor Couple or Marriage Formation Day)
- Baptismal Certificates annotated with other Sacraments
- YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY
Upon completion of your marriage preparation requirements, a wedding coordinator will be assigned to help the couple plan their wedding ceremony. The wedding coordinators help the couple plan the liturgy for their wedding, assist with logistics, ensure vendors align with church regulations, manage the rehearsal, prepare the sanctuary for the wedding, and perform other support activities. Please refer to our Wedding Guidelines for additional information on planning your wedding day at Christ the King.
A marriage license for a wedding in the state of Texas may be obtained from any license office in the state, which are typically issued and filed at the county level. A Texas marriage license may be obtained no sooner than 90 days before the ceremony and has a required 72 hour waiting period after issuing the license. The marriage license must be given to the priest/deacon performing the ceremony at the rehearsal. After the wedding, the license will be signed by the priest/deacon and send to the County Office for recording. Once recorded (usually takes 2-3 months), an official copy will be mailed by the County Office to the couple.
WELCOME TO CHRIST THE KING!
We wish you a lifetime of happiness as you live out the Sacrament of Marriage and make God visible to others through the gift of a faithful, Christ-centered married life. We hope that participation in a Catholic church will be a part of your new relationship together, and we welcome you to become involved in our parish family.