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Church FAQs

    1. What are the requirements for a valid Catholic Church wedding?

Inform the Parish Priest / Parish Office 6 months or at least 3 months in advance. Produce fresh Baptism Certificate, Confirmation Certificate, Civil Registration. Book the marriage preparation course at the family service centre.

Following are the procedures that need to be followed ;

      1. If both groom and bride reside in Goa.
        1. Pre-nuptial inquiry form has to be filled individually and sign in front of the parish priest.
        2. Wedding banns has to be read in both the parishes.
        3. Couple should attend the catechism course conducted by their respective churches.
        4. The couple should obtain a marriage preparation programme certificate from the Family Service Centre.

Once the procedure is completed, all the processed documents including civil registration certificate has to be submitted to the parish where your nuptials will be held.

      1. If the groom/ bride resides outside Goa /Country
        1. Pre–nuptial form filled and signed personally in front of the parish priest.
        2. Wedding banns have to be read in the parish (of that state/Country)
        3. Statement of the Parish Priest and result of the reading of banns
        4. Certificates stating he/she is not married.

Once all the documents have been received by the Parish in Goa, the Parish will also announce or read your wedding banns and then all processed documents including civil registration certificate has to be submitted to the parish where your nuptials will be held.

      1. If both parties reside outside Goa / Country
        1. Inform the parish priest from Goa as to whom you are getting married to. You have to take an undertaking that you would complete all the procedures where you are settled.
        2. Pre–nuptial form filled and signed personally in front of the parish priest.
        3. Wedding banns to be read in the parish (of that state/ Country)
        4. Statement of the Parish Priest and result of the reading of banns
        5. Certificate stating he/she is not married.

Once all the documents have been received by the Parish in Goa, the Parish will also announce or read your wedding banns and then all processed documents including civil registration certificate has to be submitted to the parish where your nuptials will be held.

    1. How long a couple should know each other before they join in Matrimony?

The sacrament of maatrimony is a celebration of the whole faith community. Hence, the Church would expect the couple to know each other well, at least for a minimum of 6 months before they join in the sacrament of matrimony.

    1. Which period the couple should avoid scheduling their marriage?

Church is not in favour of marriage celebrations during the Lent and Advent season. (Every year, months change. Refer to the liturgical calendar). These are penitential seasons and if any marriage has to be celebrated during these seasons, the celebrations have to be kept low key.

    1. Can couple prepare their own formulaire of exchange of matrimony consent?

As a rule, the couple has to follow one of the many formularies in the rite of the Marriage. However, they can prepare their own as long as it integrates the essential elements of matrimonial consent. For this purpose it has to be submitted to the Parish Priest who will check its appropriateness.

    1. Can the blood relations be the witnesses?

Any one able to know and testify the fact of Marriage may be a witness: Blood relative or not, Christian or not.

    1. If one is Catholic and the other is Non-Catholic, does the Church recognize the marriage?

Yes, the marriage will be recognized by the church. The matrimonial consent has to be held before the Church.

    1. Do they have two separate wedding ceremonies i.e. civil ceremony and a catholic ceremony?

Church ceremony or nuptials cannot be held until the civil registration certificate is obtained. Only after the civil registration certificate is submitted you can get married in the Catholic Church.

    1. What is involved in getting an annulment (declaration of nullity) from the marriage?

The Church does not encourage annulments. It fosters reconciliation. However, when the latter is not possible, it accepts and conducts procedure for annulment. Annulment is not dissolution of valid marriage, but an official declaration that marriage is null and void, for which purpose, the marriage has to be in fact null and void at the time when it was contracted and same has to be proven through a judicial procedure.

    1. Can one re-marry in the Catholic Church after the annulment or Divorce?

Yes, as long as there is no other obstacle. Also, civil execution of the Church annulment has to precede.

    1. What if a couple from a different religion wishes to marry in the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church does not permit people from other faith to have their wedding ceremony in the Catholic Church. One of the two has to be a Baptised Catlholic.

    1. Can couples belonging to the Catholic faith have their nuptials on the beach or any other place?

The Catholic Church does not give permission to have the nuptials anywhere else besides a Church because marriage is a sacrament and has to be celebrated in a sacred place.

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