Congratulations on your recent engagement! The time of preparation for marriage is both exciting and, at times, stressful. We would like to help you in this process. Marriage in the Catholic Church is a sacrament and is accompanied by a period of preparation and discernment. The normal place for Catholic weddings is in a church. However, in certain circumstances, venues other than a church may be permitted.
St. Agnes Church
Built in 1951 in a neo-classical style, St. Agnes Church seats over 500 worshippers comfortably. It has a long main aisle and an organ to accompany worship. The church is located about 1 mile from exit 15 on the Baltimore Beltway. It is conveniently located to downtown Baltimore as well.
St. William of York Church
Built in 1914 in the English Gothic stlye, St. William of York is an intimate setting for a small to medium size wedding. The church can accommodate 200 worshippers comfortably. The church is located at the intersection of Cooks Lane and Edmondson Avenue and is easily accessible from exits 14 & 15 of the Baltimore Beltway as well as the Park and Ride at the end of I-70. The church is also conveniently located to downtown Baltimore.
Weddings Outside of a Parish Church
The Archdiocese of Baltimore permits weddings to take place outside of a parish church in certain circumstances. This may include private homes, reception venues, outdoor venues, college/high school chapels, etc.
If you are considering such a venue, please contact us so you can speak with the parish priest.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to be Catholic to get married at St. Agnes or St. William of York?
In order to be married in a Catholic ceremony at least one of the parties to the marriage has to be Catholic.
2. Do I have to be a parishioner to get married at St. Agnes
or St. William of York?
Normally speaking, weddings take place in the parish of the bride (if both parities are Catholic) or of the Catholic party. However, we are willing to work with you even if you are not a parishioner of either parish.
3. What type of preparation is required?
The Catholic Church has such a high esteem for the sacrament of Marriage that a period of preparation is always required before one can receive the sacrament. Normally the preparation begins at least six months before the proposed wedding date. At St. Agnes and St. William of York you will meet with the priest or deacon peforming your ceremony, participate in a program of marriage preparation approved by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as well as take a class on Natural Family Planning (NFP). More details about marriage preparation can be found here.
4. What if I want to marry someone who isn't Catholic?
We can work with you in this particular situation. Normally a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic is not celebrated within the context of a Mass but rather a simple wedding ceremony.
5. I have a friend or relative who is a Catholic priest or deacon.
Can he marry me?
Yes. We welcome Catholic clergy who are relatives and friends of the bride and/or groom. They have to abide by the guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and our pastor. More information on that process can be found here.
6. I have been married before. Can I get married in a Catholic Church?
We are happy to work with you when one (or both) of the parties has been previously married. It may be possible to be married in the Catholic Church. It is important to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
7. What is the first step if I would like to get married at St. Agnes
or St. William of York?
The first step is to call either parish office to request an appointment with a priest or deacon.