Post # 1
Does anyone know if the Roman Catholic church allows marriage ceremonies to have 2 officiants, the priest and a pastor from another church? My FH is Presbyterian and his family is very active in their church and would like one of their pastors to co-officate over our ceremony, which is totally fine with me- I just realized today that that may not be allowed through Roman Catholic rules…. They are not going to tolerate that well at all, and I don’t blame them, because I am not exactly a good Catholic, but it still is important to me to get married in the church (hypocritical, yes, but oh well)… HELP 🙁
Post # 3
i wish i could help! my Fiance is roman catholic and im a christian. His entire family is very active in their local church and would love nothing more then for us to have our wedding there, however its an hour an half at least away from us, and there is a lot of complications- one being close to your situtation.
We decided that since we have 2 close friends that are pastors, that they will officate the wedding ( it makes it more personal for us as they love us both and are extremly happy we are marrying) and we are having the wedding in a chapel near our home…. to us it was the perfect solution and his family is ok with it as long as its a house of worship.
Post # 3
sorry for the double post! my page went screwy and it ended up posting more then one
Post # 4
Yes, my cousin (Roman Catholic) had her husband’s non-catholic pastor participate in their (Catholic) church wedding ceremony. Her husband’s pastor spoke about the couple after the gospel was read. The catholic priest did everything else. Both officiants walked in together, stayed on the alter the full time, and recessed together. I think the best starting point is to discuss it with the (Roman Catholic) priest who will be performing your ceremony.
Post # 5
Yes… we just recieved our “Together for Life” book where it goes over what they will and will not allow. Ultimately you are going to ask your preist. Here is what it says “Yes with some restrictions. Take up question with your preist. In short, you must have one person who oficially witnesses your marriage or recieves your consent (vows), for legal reasons of both state and Church.” They say then can not “coofficiate” using catholic rite, or use the other faiths ritual. A ministor from another church may proclaim a scripture giva an exhortation or pray a blessing, as long as they are invited by the preist.
Well that was confusing..
Post # 6
Absolutely! At least, my priest didn’t have a problem with it, but it really depends on the priest. My husband’s uncle is a pastor (non-denominational), and he was able to give the sermon and participate in our vows, and since he’s family and knows us way better, his sermon was really personal and beautiful. My husband and I really had nothing to do with assigning each officiant’s role- the priest called the minister and they worked it out between the two of them. So it was a mini surprise the day of the wedding, and they did a great job!