Weddings

Sacrament of Marriage

We advise you to begin this process at least six months prior to your expected wedding date. Contact the Church Office, 912-265-3249. You will be directed to the pastor, the parochial vicar, or the deacon. The priest or deacon will meet with the two of you, arrange for the church to be reserved, and follow through on the paper work and other necessary matters.

Marriage Preparation

Preparing for Marriage at St Francis Xavier Church

Welcome and congratulations on your engagement. We hope we can be helpful to you as you nurture your growing commitment to one another and prepare for your wedding. Two basic themes shape marriage preparation programs in the church: the maturity and the readiness of the couple to become married, and the willingness of the couple (when both are Christians) to live their lives in conformity to Jesus in the community of faith.

We advise you to begin this process at least six months prior to your expected wedding date. Contact the Church Office, 912-265-3249. You will be directed to the pastor, the parochial vicar, or the deacon. The priest or deacon will meet with the two of you, arrange for the church to be reserved, and follow through on the paper work and other necessary matters. When meeting a couple who wish to marry in the church, a priest or deacon must ask, “Were either of you ever under any circumstances previously married?” If either party has been married before, the church will need to look at the circumstances of that marriage. That “look” may involve some time or it may be resolved fairly quickly. No firm date for a wedding can be set until there is a resolution of the matter.

Couples must complete a formal marriage preparation program. At St Francis Xavier we use the FOCCUS Inventory. The couple, separately, completes a questionnaire then meets with the priest/deacon for several sessions. The couple will then attend a Pre Cana Retreat conducted by the Diocese of Savannah. Once preparations for the marriage and the paper work is completed the priest/deacon will look at the wedding liturgy with the couple. Catholic couples are normally married during a Nuptial Mass. Interfaith couples will normally elect to celebrate the marriage with a Scripture/Wedding Service with no Mass.

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About The Church

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

The beginnings of the Church in this area of coastal Georgia date back some four hundred years, long before Oglethorpe established himself at Frederica. From 1566-1742 Spanish missionaries labored, suffered, and were martyred in this locality for the cause of the faith. In 1791 the island of Jekyll was purchased by the du Bignon family. From time to time the head of this family arranged to have a visiting priest celebrate Mass for his family and his slaves.

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Mass Times

SATURDAY 5 PM / 7 PM

SUNDAY 8:30 AM / 11 AM
6:00 PM (Spanish)

Daily Mass Info