St. James has established a policy that all couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage notify the parish at least six months prior to their proposed wedding date. This will allow sufficient time for the couple to complete the required FOCCUS survey, attend one of the pre-marriage programs and to prepare a proper celebration of the Sacrament. Only after the process has begun will the date be entered as definite in the Church calendar. The Church presumes that at least one partner in the marriage is a practicing Catholic.