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Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement! Our community is dedicated to making this time for marriage preparation an experience that will be beneficial and one that will remain with you through the years.

Engaged couples are encouraged to contact the Church Office at (661) 942-7122 as soon as they begin plans for their marriage, 9-12 months in advance. No date should be set until such time as the couple meets with a priest or deacon and their freedom to marry has been confirmed.

 

Convalidation

Catholics who have married outside of the Catholic Church are encouraged to have their civil marriage recognized by the Church. This a called convalidation. If a couple wants to have the Church officially recognize their marriage, then they should contact the parish office in order to begin the process of convalidating their union. This process is usually not very difficult and often helps the couple live their faith more fully. Below is an outline of the usual procedure.

1. Make an Appointment: Contact parish office and make an appointment to speak with the person in charge of marriage preparation so as to discuss their particular situation. 

2. Obtain Necessary Documents: Catholics need a recent copy of their baptismal certificate, including all notations. Baptized non-Catholics should attempt to supply proof of their baptism as well, either by certificate, letter from a parent, and/or pictures if need be. Other needed documents include: a copy of the civil marriage license, and any Declarations of Nullity if appropriate. 

3. Pursue Possible Annulment: If the marriage you wish to convalidate is not the first marriage for one or both of you, it may be necessary to first pursue an annulment of a prior marriage. If this is your situation, it may be necessary to petition for a Declaration of Nullity for the previous marriage. The person assisting you with marriage preparation will be able to give you more information on this. 

4. Complete Paperwork: A Premarital Investigation, as well as other necessary paperwork, must be filled out with the person assisting you with marriage preparation.

5. Make a good Confession: The Catholic spouse(s) should celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the convalidation ceremony. If one doesn’t remember how to make a good Confession, one needs only to ask the priest for help.