God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one body. (Genesis 2:24)
“The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.” The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. (CCC 1603)
In virtue of the sacrament of marriage, married Christians signify and share in the mystery of the unity and fruitful love that exists between Christ and his Church; they thus help each other to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and rearing children; and they have their own special place and gift among the people of God. (Introduction to the Rite of Marriage, 1969)
Congratulations on your engagement!
We are very happy that St. Veronica parish will have a role in the beginning of your married life. Your life will be a beacon of hope to those who wonder if love is real. The love you share with each other every day will be the expression of your vocation and the manifestation of the love God has for each of us. Marriage is the way God will make you a saint.
To begin your marriage preparation, please take a look at our wedding guidelines, and then contact the Parish Office, 703-773-2000, as soon as you are engaged and no later than six months prior to your desired wedding date. Please keep in mind, however, that St. Veronica cannot confirm your desired wedding date until you have met with the priest and he has confirmed that you are free to marry.
Who may be married at St. Veronica?
Parishioners: Any Catholic not otherwise impeded by Divine law or Church law, who lives within the territorial boundaries of St. Veronica is a parishioner and may be married at St. Veronica. It is not necessary that both the bride and the groom be parishioners, but at least one of them must be. A parishioner who does not actually live within the parish boundaries, but who is a registered parishioner still needs the permission of the pastor of the parish in which he/she actually resides. That pastor’s written permission needs to be submitted prior to any arrangements being made.
Children of parishioners: Any Catholic whose parents are actively participating members of St. Veronica may be married here if the pastor of the parish in which they reside will give his written permission prior to any wedding arrangements being made.
Non-parishioners: With the permission of the pastor of St. Veronica and of the parish(es) in which the bride and groom reside, non-parishioners may be married at St. Veronica. Non-parishioners must pay a $750 facility use fee, $500 of which is due when the date is reserved.
Music for Your Wedding
Please contact St. Veronica’s Music Director, James Senson, at JSenson@StVeronica.Net.