Contemporary Catholics are often searching for a non-judgmental, sacramental experience different from that offered by the institutional church. You may want to have a Catholic wedding but may not be permitted, for various reasons, by the institutional church. St. Anthony of Padua offers you an alternative. Those entering into second marriages, those experiencing religious differences with the church and others will find openness and acceptance here. We provide marriage services in a compassionate manner. Perhaps you have concerns about perceived barriers? We treat you with the same care Christ gave to all who came to him.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Katherine · Married on 09/15/2019
Exactly what we wanted!
We were looking for someone to officiate our intercultural wedding, and we are so glad we found this church. I was raised in a white Protestant family, and my husband was raised in a Salvadoran Catholic household. We looked into getting married at his church, but they would not allow our dog to be in the wedding, which was a deal breaker for us. Since Roman Catholic churches won't let dogs in ceremonies in the church, and rarely make exceptions to have their priests perform marriages outside of a physical church, I had pretty much given up on finding a Catholic officiant, and decided all I could do was at least find an officiant that speaks Spanish. I searched online and found this church. Although Father Jason Lody was not available for our date, he connected us with his colleague, Father Julian Garcia. Father Julian was the best fit we could have asked for. A native Spanish speaker who is fluent in English, non-judgmental, willing to go to our venue, open to our ideas and what we wanted to include in our ceremony, and even if he is not Roman Catholic, the American National Catholic Church uses the same prayers, etc. Father Julian let us go as traditional or non-traditional as we wanted, and was happy to deliver the bible readings in both English and Spanish at our request. He was welcoming and kind every time we met him, and told us he would be there for us if we needed him before or after the wedding. I highly recommend this church!Sent on 09/23/2019
Genie · Married on 06/09/2019
Father Jason was an amazing officiant for our wedding. Professional, caring, and approachable. We were very happy that he was aware of traditional Filipino Catholic practices and incorporated these elements in our ceremony. He had an excellent homily and made our wedding truly memorable and perfect.Sent on 06/16/2019
Erin · Married on 05/25/2019
Truly a Joy
We are so grateful to Fr. Jason for working with us for almost a year leading up to our wedding and officiating such a beautiful, personalized, and memorable wedding ceremony. In planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to get married outside but have a ceremony that respected my Catholic upbringing. Fr. Jason turned what started out as a stressful experience with our families to the most meaningful wedding ceremony imaginable.Sent on 07/14/2019
From the beginning, Fr. Jason helped us feel comfortable, heard, positive, and truly excited about planning our ceremony together. He helped guide us in picking readings, songs, and personal touches to help the ceremony feel like us; it was the perfect blend of sentimental, personalized, and traditional. Fr. Jason cared about getting to know us and met with us a few times in person and additionally over the phone to not just prepare for our ceremony but, more importantly, our marriage. He helped us with marriage license questions, and was fantastic the day of - arriving early and checking in on us that day.
The biggest endorsement was just how many people complimented us on such a beautiful, meaningful, heartfelt ceremony -- many of the same people that felt unease when hearing we wouldn't be having a Catholic mass. I can't recommend Fr. Jason highly enough and am so grateful for the beautiful memories he helped us create.