Before a wedding date is scheduled, arrangements should be made with the parish at least six months in advance. Weddings at St. Mary’s may be scheduled any time after 3 p.m. on Fridays and before 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Marriage Rehearsal Ministry
The Marriage Rehearsal Ministry leads and assists rehearsals for weddings celebrated at St. Mary’s Church.
For more information on the St. Mary’s Marriage Rehearsal Ministry, please contact the Rectory at (716) 683-6445.
Before (Pre) Cana Volunteers Needed
Our Family of Parishes is looking for married couples to join our Family Before Cana Team, who are willing to share their experiences with couples who will soon be married in the Catholic Church. Each married couple will describe the good and maybe not so good experiences in a 15-minute talk in front of a group of young men and women. Topics include: Our Marriage is a Sacrament; Communication in Marriage; Sexuality in Marriage; Fidelity in Marriage and during the engagement; and Critical Issues/Dual Careers/Financial etc. Training and assistance preparing your talk will be provided. Before Cana is currently held once a year (mid-winter) with a second session in the planning stages. If you think you are ready to influence Future Catholic Families and can spare a few hours once or twice a year, please contact Deacon John and Barb Owczarczak.
Rectory: (716) 683-6445
Email: [email protected]
Before (Pre) Cana Program
Once a year, our Family of Parishes hosts a daylong Before Cana (Pre Cana) program for couples preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church. Rev. Lukasz Kopala leads this program for our Family of Parishes.
Before Cana is a Buffalo diocesan requirement prior to being married in the Church. Through this guided encounter, engaged couples spend time alone, as well as in larger groups, focusing on such topics as the meaning of marriage as a sacrament; communication; commitment and fidelity, and sexuality in marriage. Before Cana was established at the parish level so that engaged couples could meet fellow parishioners as they fostered their faith experience.
Our next Before Cana will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $90 per couple. Couples interested may complete and return our registration form. For more information, please contact the St. Mary’s Rectory at (716) 683-6445.