Marriage

MARRIAGE

Congratulations on your engagement!

Our Parish Family shares in your joy and excitement about your upcoming wedding. As you can imagine, there is a lot that has to be done in planning a wedding. It is highly recommended that you contact the Parish as soon as possible and before you book a reception location. You will need to contact the Parish at least 12 months before the wedding.

To begin the process, please take a moment to fill out this intake form: 
Wedding Intake Form

A date cannot be confirmed until you have met with Fr. David. Once this form has been submitted, you will hear within a week about setting up an appointment.

WHAT IF I OR MY FUTURE SPOUSE IS NOT CATHOLIC?

You can still get married in a Catholic Church. As part of the process the Catholic party will need to promise that they will do everything in their power to raise their children in the Catholic faith. The non-Catholic party will need to be made aware of this promise.

WHAT IF I OR MY FUTURE SPOUSE HAS BEEN MARRIED BEFORE?

A marriage in the Catholic Church cannot be scheduled until it has been shown they both parties are free to marry. If there is a previous marriage, there are some extra steps in the process:

If one or both of those in the previous marriage were Catholic and the marriage took place outside of the Catholic Church, was not solemnized by a Catholic priest or deacon, did not have permission from the Bishop to take place outside a Catholic service and was not later blessed by the Church, a ‘Lack of Form’ process takes place. A copy of the wedding license and the baptismal certificate of the Catholic party (at least one if both were Catholic) is submitted. Once verified, a decree of nullity is granted and the preparations for a wedding can continue.

If one of both of those in the previous marriage were Catholic in a wedding that took place in the Catholic Church, was solemnized by a Catholic priest or deacon, had permission from the Bishop to take place outside of a Catholic service or was blessed by the Church afterwards, or both parties in the previous marriage were not Catholic, an annulment process will need to take place. This process investigates whether a sacramental marriage took place; if not, the wedding preparations may continue. This process takes about 2 years to complete.

 

LINKS

Getting Married in the Catholic Church

Other Frequently asked questions by Engaged Couples

Planning A Catholic Wedding