St. Thomas à Becket Parish
4320 Ste. Anne, Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4Y7Office: 514-626-4111Email:

Marriage Guidelines for St. Thomas à Becket Parish

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding celebration, the beginning of a lifetime union of love and life. Here are some FAQs about preparing for marriage at our parish.

Who may be married here? Parishioners and others with permission of the parish where they reside.

How far in advance should I prepare? At least six months, preferably one year. Do not book your reception hall until you have met with a priest and confirmed the date and time of your wedding.

The marriage preparation process: Once the date for the wedding has been set with one of our priests, the actual marriage preparation begins. There are three stages:

  • 1) Preliminary interviews and paperwork (current baptismal certificates will be required no more than six months before the wedding date).
  • 2) Enrolling in the marriage preparation program: :“FROM THIS DAY FORWARD". We suggest you take this program sooner rather than later.
  • 3) Liturgical preparation for your marriage celebration; music, scripture readings, prayers and vows (a month or two before the wedding). No flower petals, rice or confetti should be thrown in the church or anywhere on the church grounds. As the solemn celebration of your marriage vows is taking place in the sanctuary of a church, only sacred music is permitted. We will assist you with this.

Cost: $600.00. Musicians’ fees are separate and payable directly to them.

If one of our priests has agreed to celebrate your wedding in another church, an administrative fee of $250 is payable to St. Thomas à Becket.

Contact: Parish secretary: (514) 626-4111.

“How to build a strong and healthy marriage that will last a lifetime!”

Marriages and families are the cornerstone of our society. Strong and loving marriages lead to a better life for the couple, their family and those around them. Marriage is a very special relationship, whereby two people, who were at one time strangers to each other, grow into a relationship of ever increasing love, appreciation, interdependence and understanding of one another.

From so many sources, marriages are under increasing pressures in our society. It is vital that couples realize the danger signs, and get the tools that they need in order to protect and nurture their relationships.

Over a period of 7 evenings spent together, couples talk about important issues that can get “swept under the carpet” in the rush of daily life. Participants discover new things about themselves, and their life as a couple. This very practical course provides couples with the tools that they need to take a good marriage, or a struggling marriage, onto a whole new level!

The course is given in a relaxed, warm and private setting.

The privacy of the couple is always respected, and there are absolutely no group discussions.

Contact Nathalie or John Bondyra (514-695-7896) for more information.

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Over five relaxing evenings spent together, you will learn important skills, tools and ideas that will enable you to make your relationship/future marriage work. Each session includes an interesting and practical talk, followed by the opportunity to privately discuss the evening’s topic with your partner. There are no group discussions and you will never be asked to share anything about your personal life and relationship with anyone, other than your partner.

If you're like most people, you prepare and plan for many things in life: education, career, retirement and holidays. And most couples spend 250 hours or more, planning their wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life. There are many things you can do to begin building a lifelong, happy marriage.

Investing in your relationship before you get married,
will reap rewards for the many years to come.

During the five sessions of the course, you will discover practical tools to help you build the foundations for a lasting marriage. You will look at:

  • The importance of commitment
  • How to recognize and appreciate your differences
  • The art of communication
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • The importance of spending time together and nurturing your friendship
  • How to make each other feel loved
  • Developing a good sexual relationship
  • The importance of talking about your goals, values and dreams

Contact Nathalie or John Bondyra (514-695-7896) for more information.

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