Sacrament of Matrimony

Sacrament of Matrimony

Engaged Couples:

Congratulations on your engagement!  Begin your new life together by getting married in the Catholic Church, which by canon law all baptized Catholics are required to do, following a solid preparation for marriage.  For marriage preparation in English, please contact Ann Brophy, Pastoral Associate, at least six months before your desired wedding date, at abrophy@shcs.org or the parish office.

Bring Your Marriage into the Church:

Did you know that canon law requires all baptized Catholics to marry in the Catholic Church, unless given official permission to do otherwise?  It’s important.  If you married outside of the Church, we encourage you to celebrate you marriage in the Church (called convalidation).  It’s not difficult to do or a lengthy process, and it brings your marriage into good standing with the Church.  Convalidations are usually celebrated very simply on a weekday afternoon.  To learn more, please contact Ann Brophy, Pastoral Associate, at abrophy@shcs.org or the parish office.

Annulment Inquiries:

An annulment (Declaration of Invalidity)  is a declaration by a Church Tribunal that a marriage thought to have been valid according to Church canon law actually fell short of one of the essential elements required for a binding, “till death to us part” union.  With questions or to set up an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Ann Brophy, Pastoral Associate, at abrophy@shcs.org or the parish office.  There are several types of annulments; it may be more simple than you think.


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