Catholic Church law ordinarily requires baptized Roman Catholics to marry before a priest or deacon.Unless they received a “dispensation from canonical form,” Catholics who exchange vows in the presence of ministers from other religious traditions or civil officials are not considered validly married in the eyes of the Catholic Church.A valid Catholic marriage comes into existence when a man and woman who are capable, give consent to a true marriage, including all the essential properties of marriage, and exchange this consent in the proper form for Catholic weddings.

The event was such a success that the parish decided to have another this year.

Leah Tenorio, parish director of Hispanic ministry, has noticed that convalidation is helpful for couples and their children in building their faith.

Regardless of what happened in the past, the Catholic Church invites you to bring new meaning to your lives by embracing the vocation of marriage and dedicating your family’s mission to sharing God’s love.

…One of the many benefits of a sacramental marriage is the power of God’s grace, which helps couples keep their commitment and find happiness together.

If either or both parties were married before, it is necessary that proof of an annulment be provided. There is no specific preparation time required for those already married.

Good Shepherd’s first convalidation ceremony occurred in 2002 and continued every two years until 2016.For those Catholics who were married outside of the Catholic Church and wish to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, they can do so through convalidation.The Church cares for her members as the Body of Christ.Though some of you were well aware of this, there were some who were shocked to find this out because no one, including their parents, mentioned this when they decided to get married outside of the Catholic Church.In hindsight some expressed their regret not having gone to see their priest first to make sure that they were approaching holy matrimony in the right way.It is a very serious sin for a Catholic to marry outside of the Catholic Church without an official dispensation from the bishop and without marriage prep done through one’s local parish.