Weddings in the Rosary Chapel

Rosary Chapel exterior

As a Catholic chapel within the Diocese of Monterey, and under the auspices of San Carlos Cathedral, Santa Catalina School has been granted permission to host Roman Catholic weddings for alumnae. The privilege of using the Rosary Chapel does not extend to relatives or other members of one’s immediate family. Only weddings within the Roman Catholic rite, wherein one party (either the bride or the groom) is baptized Catholic, are permitted.

Santa Catalina’s Rosary Chapel is not a parish. The couple is responsible for obtaining a priest or deacon for the ceremony and for the required marriage preparation. The Diocese of Monterey requires that the pastor of the parish where the bride or groom worships and is registered write a letter to the pastor of San Carlos Cathedral granting permission for that individual to marry away from the parish. A copy of the letter should be sent to Santa Catalina School.


To make a reservation, please call 831.402.4126. The Rosary Chapel is available for weddings on Saturdays only. Floral deliveries and music setup are the responsibility of the wedding party. Consultation with Santa Catalina School’s sacristan, in terms of what is permissible in the Rosary Chapel, is required well in advance of the wedding.

Reservation Fee

The reservation fee to schedule the Rosary Chapel for your marriage ceremony is $1,000. This fee is due in full within 10 days of putting a date on hold. It does not include a processing fee of $300 to San Carlos Cathedral, nor a customary stipend of $200 for the presider on the day of the wedding. Fees for marriage preparation courses, third party vendors (florists, photographers, etc.), and music for the ceremony, along with event insurance, is the responsibility of the couple. Santa Catalina School will refund the reservation fee if a request is made no less than three months prior to the original scheduled reservation.