The marriage covenant, by which a man and woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature, it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. - CCC, no.1660
Congratulations on your engagement! Couples preparing to receive the Sacrament of Marriage must contact the Parish Office with questions and date availability. Please contact us at least 6 months prior to your desired wedding date. If you are planning on getting married at St. Bonaventure parish and would like more information, please click HERE.
Convalidations at St. Bonaventure
There are many people attending Catholic parishes or in Catholic families whose marriage is somehow not fully recognized by the Church.
Catholic Church law ordinarily requires baptized Roman Catholics to marry before a priest or deacon. Unless they requested and received a “dispensation from canonical form,” Catholics who exchange marriage vows in the presence of only ministers from other religious traditions or authorized civic officials are not considered validly married in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
When a couple wishes to have the Church recognize their union, it is called a convalidation. Regardless of why couples married outside the Church, we wish to support their seeking Information on the necessary preparations for convalidation. Each couple is unique in their circumstances, thus each couple will be unique in their preparation. Most people opt for a simple ceremony.
The benefits of con-validation are many: peace of heart, oneness with the Church, full access to the sacraments, and God’s special blessing upon the marriage through the Sacrament of Matrimony.
How does this work at St. Bonaventure?
Contact the priest for an appointment to discuss your situation and determine what must be done.
- Obtain a newly issued copy of the baptismal record for the Catholic party. Make that request to the parish where the person(s) was baptized.
- If necessary, seek a Church declaration of nullity of any previous marriages. A favorable decision is needed before a convalidation can be scheduled.
- Complete all appropriate documentation as deemed necessary by your situation.
- Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the convalidation ceremony. Your priest will help you prepare for this.
God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage, both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)