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Non-Parishioner Marriage 

For those whose main residence is outside of the boundaries of Our Lady of the Rockies parish.

What you need to know:

  • Six months’ notice is required to schedule a marriage celebration in our parish.

  • Marriage ceremonies are booked for available Thursdays at 2:00 pm, Fridays at 1:00pm or Saturdays at 2:00 pm. 

  • Marriages are scheduled for Canmore, pending shrine availability. We schedule on a first come basis. 

  • Sunday marriage ceremonies or outdoor ceremonies are not permitted in the Diocese of Calgary.

  • To be married in a Catholic church in the Calgary Diocese, at least one member of the couple must be Catholic.

  • Marriages may only be celebrated with a Mass if both of you are Catholic.

  • A marriage is still considered a sacrament if one member of the couple is baptized in another church.

When you have held (tentatively booked) a date, you must do the following to secure your date:

  • Meet with your parish priest. Please ask him to send an email to  or send a letter indicating that he has met with you and has begun the necessary paperwork.  All paperwork and preparations are to be completed with the couple's own parish priest.

  • A marriage preparation course is mandatory for all couples planning to celebrate marriage in the diocese of Calgary. Please speak with your parish priest to see if your parish offers a program.

  • If either of you have been previously married to someone else in the Catholic Church, any church or in a civil ceremony, you will require a Declaration of Nullity before you can be married in the Shrine Church.  Please speak to your parish priest as soon as possible, we cannot provide a secure or confirmed booking until this matter is resolved.

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