Wedding Preparation

Marriages are celebrated by arrangement with the Pastor six months prior to proposed date. Participation in Marriage Preparation Program is required as is consultation with the wedding coordinator. Couples need to be active, registered members of the parish before scheduling a wedding date.

The Sacrament of Marriage is a holy covenant whereby a couple is joined on their life's journey by God to bless, sustain, and rejoice in their union. At St. Jude, we celebrate the vocation of marriage by offering our guidance and encouragement to supporting a couple in their preparation for this sacrament and commitment of life.

The process for celebrating a wedding ceremony at St. Jude is the following:

1.  One of the parties asking to be married needs to be an active Catholic and registered member of St. Jude Parish.

2.  An initial appointment needs to be arranged with the Pastor before setting a date and beginning the marriage preparation process.  The couple needs to contact the Pastor at a minimum of six [6] months prior to a proposed date for the ceremony.  This initial appointment can be made by calling the Pastor at 317- 786-4371.

3.  Couples will partake an Engagement Preparation Program through the parish, meeting approximately 6 times with a Sponsor Couple from the parish.

4.  Couples are required to participate at an Archdiocesan Pre-Cana Session that takes place on a Sunday afternoon at Fatima Retreat Center.  Couples are also encouraged to partake in a TOBIT weekend for engaged couples at Fatima Retreat Center.

Upon completion of the above steps # 2, 3, 4 the couple will schedule a meeting with the Pastor to finalize a wedding date and time and begin making final preparation for the ceremony.

Weddings Mass and Ceremony

All couples wishing to be married at St. Jude work with us to plan their ceremony, complete marriage prep requirements, and work with a wedding coordinator to make sure that the day of the ceremony is a wonderful blessing.


After the final meeting with the Pastor, the couple will schedule meetings with the Wedding Coordinator and Music Director  317-786-4371, who will work with them in finalizing details for the ceremony.

Contact:  Patti Collins,

Marriage Sponsor Couples

Because the vows taken in the Sacrament of Marriage involve a lifelong commitment to one another, the church offers as much counseling as possible to help the couple take these vows. In addition to talking with the priest, a married couple from the parish is asked to meet with the engaged couple. Together they discuss topics and issues that many married couples must face throughout a lifetime together. Instructions are provided, although sometimes just general discussion in a “real-life” family setting can help the couple discover how one another feels about issues they have never before discussed. The married couple sponsors provide a vital ministry by opening their homes and hearts.

Contact: Patti Collins,

Couples Enrichment

To enrich and strengthen marriage relationships, St. Jude also offers married couples’ programs for couples’ enrichment.  The core of the program is watching a video or listening to a presentation that will inspire good conversation between you and your spouse, then spending some time together in conversation using discussion questions.  Some of these programs might include fellowship with the other couples sharing a meal.  Other events might include an all-day retreat to help couples spend extended time together strengthening their bond of marriage.  Watch the bulletin or website for details.

Retrouvaille Your Marriage

Retrouvaille ('re-tro-vi) simply means “rediscover.” The program offers a chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. The best gift you can give your family is a healthy marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples in disillusionment, misery, divorce, or any stage in-between. It is a not spiritual retreat, sensitivity group, seminar, or a social gathering. Visit us at