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Welcoming the New Rite of Matrimony Diocesan Regional Workshops

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Welcoming the New Rite of Matrimony Diocesan Regional Workshops


Several years ago a new Order of Celebrating the Rite of Matrimony went into effect, but the English translation was not officially approved by Rome until Summer 2015. The new Order can officially be celebrated as early as September 8, 2016 but must be used as of December 30, 2016 and after.

In preparation, the Diocese of Oakland is “Welcoming the New Rite of Matrimony” with three regional workshops to educate all those involved in matrimony ministry, including clergy (priests and deacons), liturgy planners, wedding coordinators, and music ministers, as well as those involved in marriage preparation and family life education, especially marriage preparation team members, DREs, and pastoral ministers.

Along with general information and a step-by--step walk through the changes and options for the new Rite, break-out sessions will be provided for those who Preside (Priests and deacons), those who Plan (liturgy planners, wedding coordinators) those who Prepare (marriage prep and adult education) and for those who Minister through music (pastoral musicians) to help more specifically with those areas of the new Rite.

All those directly involved in Matrimony preparation and in Wedding Rite planning  are asked to attend one of these workshops. Additionally, ANYONE interested in and involved with sacramental preparation is encouraged to attend.

The Diocese is offering a SPECIAL 25% DISCOUNT on the English ($34.95) and Bilingual ($44.95) editions of the New Ritual Book through the Cathedral Shop.

At the workshop you will be able to pick up pre-ordered English and Bilingual translations of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Typical Edition. You MUST bring your old version to get your new version at the bulk rate price from the Cathedral Shop. If you want a Spanish-only version, you will need to order it directly from the USCCB.

If you have questions regarding this workshop, please email the most appropriate contact for your question:

PRIESTS: Fr. Alex Castillo at [email protected]

DEACONS: Jean Evans at [email protected]

LITURGISTS: Mark Hernbroth at [email protected]

MUSIC MINISTERS: Anthony Arteaga at [email protected]

MARRIAGE PREP & WEDDING COORDINATORS: Mimi Streett at [email protected]


Please register for FREE as soon as possible for ONE of these three workshops below. Workshop times are 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: