Father Mike’s Ministry
Contact Father Mike to officiate religious ceremonies, including weddings.
You can contact Father Mike’s Ministry in Newington, Connecticut for religious services, including weddings at home, hotels, banquet halls, and outdoors. You can also book your Second Marriage, Interfaith Marriage, as well as Renewal of Vow ceremonies.
Free Premarital Consultations
Father Mike’s Ministry provides resource material and helps in every step of constructing your own personalized ceremony, which can be as short or as long [within reason] as you want. Father Mike will pray for your relationship prior to your wedding day as well as afterward.
Prior to your wedding, he will schedule a meeting with you at least once [or as many times as needed], usually at a nearby coffee shop, unless there is reason to meet elsewhere. The purpose of the meeting/s is to get acquainted and plan the ceremony. There is no charge for premarital consultation/s. You are invited to raise any issues you wish regarding your relationship, your faith in God, and your future together as a married couple.
He provides couples married by him with a religious wedding certificate.
Please note: Look at the calendar to see if your desired date/time is still available. Father Mike does not schedule weddings unless a nonrefundable deposit is received to guarantee the date/time. Click on an event to see the exact time. It may be possible to have two weddings on the same day. Call now for more information.
Apart from weddings, Father Mike’s Ministry offers the following Catholic services:
- Pastoral Counseling
- Communion Calls
- Sweet Sixteen/Quinceañera
- Blessings and Home Masses, etc.
All services are also available in Italian.
Though Father Mike fully accepts people's civil rights, he does not officiate at same-sex marriages.
*Only one of you needs to fill out the following two sections of the questionnaire *
You need to get your marriage license at the town clerk's office of the place of marriage up to 65 days before the wedding date. Click on "useful links" for a list of Connecticut Town Clerks. Some clerks require an appointment. Both of you need to go in person, though not necessarily together.
It takes about 30 minutes to get the license once the application is complete. Bring photo ID and cash. Usually the license costs $50.00 and the certificate an additional $20.00. Ask the clerk about prepaying for the certificate and the possibility of having it mailed to you when ready so you can save a trip.
Father Mike’s Ministry provides couples married by him with a religious wedding certificate, which you may wish to frame or preserve in your wedding album. In theory, it has no civil value.
Ordinarily. rehearsals are NOT necessary, but Father Mike’s Ministry will consider special circumstances, if not already committed to some other obligation.
To be negotiated per each couple's circumstances: there is a nonrefundable $50.00 deposit [applied towards total fee]. The deposit can be mailed to P.O. Box 310514, Newington, CT 06131-0514 or if you prefer, given to Father Mike during your meeting.
Please note that there is no set fee for a Baptism, or any other Sacramental or spiritual goods of the church. But a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted and passed on to the Good Shepherd Companions.
Sweet Sixteen/Quinceñera Questionnaire
Father Mike will spend approximately 20 hours in preparation and travel [sometimes up to 200 miles for rehearsals (when unavoidable) and ceremonies] for a wedding. While others may charge several hundred dollars, fees are negotiable depending on a couple's circumstances. He considers his services a ministry, not a business.
There is no charge for premarital consultations. A nonrefundable deposit of $50.00 [applied towards the total fee] is due when you decide to reserve the date of your wedding. He will enter your wedding date and time on the website calendar so that other couples will not be asking for the same time. [Note: when you look at the calendar, click on the event to see time and place: sometimes it is possible to have two ceremonies on the same day].
He will also e-mail you a receipt along with an attached "Wedding Resource" document to start you on the road to constructing your own unique ceremony [as short or long as you want -- most couples choose ceremonies about 20 minutes long]. The remainder of the fee, along with your Marriage License is due [at the Rehearsal or] prior to the Wedding Ceremony. He will register your marriage with your state of residence.
There are no fees for Baptisms or other religious services. A tax-deductible free-will offering may be made if desired.
Fees for funerals will be handled by the Funeral Director and may vary according to individual circumstances.