Marriage

Congratulations! You have decided to unite yourselves in Christian Marriage, and we are happy to assist you as you prepare to celebrate this Sacrament at St. John Church.

In order to prepare for your ceremony, you must contact the office at least six months prior to your desired date. At that time, you will be asked to schedule an appointment with the pastor to begin the process. After the initial appointment, the pastor will reserve the date for you.

A Catholic priest or deacon is welcome to preside for your wedding at St. John. Should that be your intention, the visiting priest will need to request delegation from the pastor and will need to confirm with the parish office the date to be reserved. Also, the visiting priest/deacon will be responsible for all the paperwork, instructions, rehearsal as well as the actual wedding. St. John Church will provide a sacristan to assist him and altar servers if requested.

You are welcome to have your ceremony in the Church or the historic Chapel. The historic Chapel holds approximately 100 guests. The church and chapel are both air-conditioned.

You may schedule your wedding any day of the week except Sunday. Due to our current Mass schedule, Saturday weddings can be scheduled between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.   Typically, your reservation is for 90 minutes starting from the time the wedding is scheduled to begin.

Click here to view our Wedding Guidelines booklet.

For more information, please contact Martha Schumacher 410-592-6206, ext. 100 or email schumacherml@sjehydes.org.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) for Married Couples

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies.

NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God’s design for married love!

For more information, click here.