Order of Celebrating Matrimony - 2016

Matrimony 2016 Wedding RingsThe Office of Divine Worship is pleased to join Bishop Ricken in welcoming to our local Church the newly revised text of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (formerly the Rite of Marriage) which will be in implemented throughout the United States by December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family. The new edition includes not only a new translation of the ritual but a variety of minor changes and clarifications from the former edition including new prayer texts, addition of optional of cultural practices (exchange of coins, veil), and an expanded introduction (praenotanda).

The Office is committed to assisting parishes in a smooth transition to the new text and will be offering a major workshop on October 12. Abridged sessions and discounted ritual book and resource orders will be offered this Fall in preparation for the edition.

Please see the following announcements and links to registration/order forms. Please contact us with any questions either at (920) 272-8342 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcome Letter from the Most Rev. David L. Ricken

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Welcome Letter from Michael J. Poradek, Divine Worship Director

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Overview of Changes for 2016

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Welcoming the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Workshop

Diocesan Workshop: October 12, 2016 | Cost: $25.00

Matrimony2016Please join us for our Diocesan workshop on welcoming the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony on October 12, 2016, at the Rock Garden Conference Center (Green Bay, WI). The day-long workshop will serve as an introduction and review of the changes and additions to new edition as well as reflect on specific portions of the ritual itself from the newly expanded introduction to pastoral liturgical considerations to sacred music selection. Our keynote speaker will be Fr. Richard Fragomeni, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. This workshop is intended for anyone involved in the sacrament including priests, deacons, liturgists, liturgical musicians, parish leaders, and for those who assist in marriage preparation.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, two other opportunities for an abridged introduction will be offered at Leadership Convocation on Thursday, October 27 (Green Bay), and in November 2016 (details to be announced).

Room Reservations: A block of rooms is available at the Comfort Suites Hotel (adjoining the Rock Garden Center) for the night prior to the workshop at $89.99 + tax under ‘Diocese of Green Bay.’ Please call (920) 499-7449 for reservations.


7:45 a.m.: Check-In Opens

8:30 a.m.: Morning Prayer / Welcome

9:00 a.m.: Keynote – Introduction (Praenotanda) of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (Fr. Richard Fragomeni)

10:00 a.m.: Break

10:10 - 11:30 a.m.: Session I – Breaking Open the OCM, Order within Mass (Michael Poradek)

11:30 a.m.: Lunch

12:30 - 1:20 p.m.: Break-Out Sessions:

  • Priests/Deacons: Presiding with the OCM (Fr. Fragomeni)
  • Liturgists/Marriage Prep: Navigating the Ritual Book / Preparation (Michael Poradek)

1:20 p.m.: Break

1:30 p.m.: Session II: Breaking Open the OCM [Order without Mass; Order between a Catholic and a Catechumen or Non-Christian] (Michael Poradek)

2:30 p.m.: Break

2:40 p.m.: Principles of Music within Matrimony (Fr. Richard Fragomeni)

3:30 p.m.: Final Questions / Closing Prayer

Registration for October 12 Diocesan Workshop

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Ritual Book & Resource Ordering

Diocesan book ordering for the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony has concluded. Orders already placed may be picked up at the October 12 Workshop, or after October 12 at the Office of Divine Worship.

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