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Weddings in a Catholic Church

When the wedding is to take place in a Catholic church, it can be in the setting of the Eucharist (the Mass) or the Liturgy of the Word. The Eucharist setting is available when both the bride and groom are Catholic and value the Eucharist in their daily lives.

Weddings in a non-Catholic Church

Marriages of Catholic parties may only take place in a church building. Catholics marrying Christians of other faiths may be married in their partner's church only after the marriage preparation program has been tailored to the situation of the couple. The marriage of a Catholic in another church is not sacramentally recognized unless the above process has been completed. Therefore, it is highly recommended that the couple meet with the priest six months prior to the wedding, even if it will not take place in a Catholic church.

Validating (Blessing) of a Non-Sacramental Marriage

Catholics who were married in a civil ceremony (or any ceremony that did not take place in a Catholic church) and did not obtain permission from the Catholic Church but wish to have their marriage recognized by the Church, may have the union validated (blessed). In order for the marriage to be considered valid in the eyes of the Church, couples must present copies of the baptismal certificates for both parties, a copy of the marriage license and must complete the FOCCUS premarital inventory. 

Wedding Celebrations Staff