Use your engagement as the proper time to discuss the religious aspects of your relationship and talk about your future together as a couple.
Getting Married in a Catholic Church
We give below certain aspects of your wedding to be discussed with your bridegroom if you propose to hold your wedding in a church.
- Your partner should not be related to you by blood or marriage as marriage between relatives is forbidden in the Catholic Church.
- The groom must be above 18 and the bride should be above 15 to get married in a Catholic church.
- Both the parents should be consulted if either of the couple is a minor. Their consent is needed for a pastor to marry you.
- The couple should believe in having children since this possibility must exist in order for your marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church.
- It is advisable to go for premarital counseling as a couple.
- The pastor will announce publicly that both of you will be getting married and will invite the opinion of any one who wants to prevent the wedding.
- The marriage ceremony should be conducted before a priest and two witnesses if both the partners are Catholics.
- You must keep in mind that once a marriage between two Catholics is consummated, it can never be dissolved in the eyes of the church.
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- If both you and your partner are not baptized, your marriage will be valid and your children will be legitimate in the Catholic Church, but the union will not be considered a sacrament.
- If you are a Catholic and you plan to marry a non-Catholic, you must promise to remain as a Catholic and baptize your children and raise them as Catholics. Your bishop should be informed of your decision.
- Mixed faith marriages are performed according to the Catholic rite.