St. Jude Parish is dedicated to and happy to help couples begin their marriage with God’s blessing. Please contact the Rectory to meet with one of the priests at least six months before you set a date. Because marriage is such an important and life-changing experience, universal Church law and local practice require certain pieces for the preparation process: an initial interview to explore a couple’s background and freedom to marry; an assessment of a couple’s strengths and potential challenges for marriage; a day-long interaction session with married couples sharing their experiences in marriage (Pre-Cana Day); and a meeting to plan the liturgical celebration of the wedding. We understand that couples will spend a good deal of time and energy preparing for the wedding day. The Church’s time and energy is designed to prepare them for a new life.