I am divorced, can I marry within the Catholic Church?
The answer to this question depends on your individual circumstances. A divorcee whose former spouse has died is free to marry. Some divorcees apply to the church for an ‘annulment’ of their marriage: after investigation of the circumstances of the marriage and what happened in the breakdown of the relationship, the Church may sometimes declare a marriage ‘null’. This means it was not a true marriage with full freedom and commitment on both sides at the time of the wedding. This is not a divorce declaring a marriage is over; it is a declaration that there never was a true marriage, the ceremony was ‘nullified’ by the incomplete participation or commitment of the couple, so the partners are still free to wed.
What if my fiance is not a Catholic?
A Baptised Catholic is free to marry a baptised Christian of another denomination, with a dispensation from his or her priest. The Catholic partner is asked to commit themselves to do their best to maintain their catholic faith, and to pass on the faith to their children.
What if my fiance is not a Christian?
With a dispensation from the Bishop, a baptised Catholic is free to marry a person who has not been baptised or belongs to anther religion. The Catholic partner is asked to commit themselves to do their best to maintain their catholic faith, and to pass on the faith to their children. The priest who prepares you for marriage can arrange the dispensation.
How much does it cost to be Married in Church?
Sacraments are celebrations of the love of God in our lives, which is always a free gift we can never earn or buy.
However the Church building needs to be maintained, lit, and heated for the ceremony, and all year round to be there for when you want it for your wedding so a donation is suggested.
Also the people who make the wedding, musicians, florists, Registrar, and the priest or deacon all give of their time, talents and qualifications, at the service and before. Some, such as the Registrar or the organist, have their regular scale of charges of which they will inform you.
How can I arrange to be Married?
Before arranging any dates for receptions or honeymoon, you should approach the priest of the parish you live in (and also the priest of the church you hope to be married in if that is not the parish where you are living) to fix dates and times, and begin the spiritual and liturgical preparations. You will then need to book the date with your local Registrar of births, deaths and marriage.