• Catholic parties must provide certificates for received sacraments. These certificates must be issued within six months of the wedding date. You can obtain them from the church where you received these sacraments and have them mailed directly to St. Joseph's. Non-Catholic Christians must also provide proof of baptism, but these may be in any form available.
  • If either party has been previously married, documentation and paperwork must be done to assure that you are free to marry and whether your marriage can take place in the Catholic Church. 
  • Dates and times for weddings are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Weddings can be scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or any weekday, if available 
  • All couples must complete one of marriage preparation courses, commonly known as "Pre-Cana". The Diocese of Brooklyn is offering them in many forms, times, locations and in several languages. You can get more information and register at www.pre-cana.org. In the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island and upstate) you can get all information and register at: http://flrl.org/MarriagePreparation.htm The Diocese of Rockville Center is using parish-based programs or FOCCUS www.foccusinc.com
  • A priest or deacon who is a family member or friend will be most welcomed to officiate at your wedding. However, he must be registered as a wedding officiant with the City of New York before this can take place.
  • The couple is responsible for obtaining a proper marriage license. The license must be presented to the parish in advance.