What is Convalidation of Marriage?

A Catholic couple who has married outside of the Church has entered into an invalid marriage in the eyes of the Church. This couple now needs to present themselves, as a couple, to the parish priest, and needs to demonstrate that they entered into the non-canonical marriage without malice or deception. The couple needs to show that they truly are penitent of their misunderstanding and misdeed and that they desire the bond that “by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive” and through which they are “strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and dignity of their state by a special sacrament” (Canon 1134). The priest, believing the intention of the couple, now has the right and ability to dispense the “canonical form” and validate the marriage, bringing it into proper validity with the Roman Catholic Church.

Here at Holy Family we provide an opportunity twice a year in June and December for all couples finding themselves in this situation to be married in a group setting with other couples. There is a team made up of trained parishioners who will help each couple to prepare them for Convalidation.

Are you married, but not in the Catholic Church? Is it your wish to be married in the Catholic Church? Do you long to receive the Eucharist? Holy Family Parish is offering you the opportunity to make your wish come true.

If you would like more information please call the Liturgy Office at 562 924 8024. All information is kept confidential.

ESTA CASADO, PERO NO EN LA IGLESA CATOLICA? DESEA USTED SER CASADO EN LA IGLESIA CATOLICA? La Iglesia de La Sagrada Familia esta ofreciendo la oportunidad de llenar este deseo El equipo do “Convalidacion” de esta parroquia espera su llamada. Para más información, por favor llame al (562- 924-8024), deje su nombre y su número de teléfono.