Requirements for the parties to a marriage

a. Make an appointment with a Priest.

b. Current Baptismal Certificate (with 6 months of validity)

c. Confirmation Certificate (if the person has received this Sacrament)

d. Pre-nuptial Questionnaire

e. Testimony of Witnesses (2 witness for the groom and 2 for the bride)

f. Matrimonial Dispensation and/or Permission (this form will be filled by the Priest)

g. Assistance to: Pre-Cana / Camino / Matrimonio 2000 (the Priest will determine which)

h. The two forms mentioned (d and e) will be given by the Priest.


Requirements for witnesses to a marriage

According to Church law, there must be two witnesses who have the capability to witness and be present for the ceremony. They do not have to be Catholic.


Is it allowed to celebrate a marriage between two Catholic people, without celebrating the Eucharist?

The Rite of Christian Marriage without Eucharist may be appropriate in some instances. The pastoral decision is entered into mutually by the couple and the celebrant of the wedding.


Is it required that Catholics be confirmed before they marry in the Church?

If they can do so without serious inconvenience, Catholics who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation are to receive it prior to being married. If a person has not been confirmed and requests marriage, the confirmation should be celebrated if the person can be adequately prepared. If it is impossible to prepare someone adequately before marriage, then the priest should proceed with the wedding, but use every means possible to see that the person is confirmed on the first occasion after the marriage has taken place.


What forms must be completed prior to a wedding?

The following forms need to be completed:

  • Prenuptial questionnaires by both parties;
  • Affidavits attesting to the freedom to marry of the parties (Testimony of Witness).
  • Petition requesting a dispensation or permission, in cases requiring these actions.


Who may receive Communion at a wedding Mass?

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.


Why is permission required after a declaration of nullity or invalidity before a person may marry again in the Catholic Church?

The presumption is that there are certain natural obligations that arise from a union and the Church wishes to ensure that a person is not attempting to use a subsequent marriage to avoid these obligations toward a former partner or children.


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