Cohabitating non-Catholic and non-practicing Catholic wedding

posted 2 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

You would have to get special permission, but it would theoretically be possible. Some parishes care about cohabitating, some don’t. He would really have to talk to his priest about it.

If you got permission, you would need to meet with the priest several times as a couple and complete Catholic pre-marital counseling. It is a lot of effort, so I would only recommend it if you and your Fiance feel strongly about it.

Post # 3
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

You will need to talk to your parish priest just be honest with the priest about you living together and see what he says

Post # 4
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I was asked for baptsim, first communion and confirmation certificates for both of us. We also had to do precana.

but I am sure some priest would be able to marry you with the right permissions. 

About the cohabitation, I am not sure thwy would care, I was divorced (legal marriage only not a church one) and have one child, and nobody said anything about that.

however, they will ask you if you will baptize your children and bring them to church, are you doing this? 

Post # 5
1631 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not baptised and don’t intend to be. We co-habitate as well. Our priest didn’t care and was super friendly and welcoming. They just wanted confirmation that I was supportive of him raising the kids Catholic. 

Note, my fiance does go to weekly mass, so it might have been easier since he has a relationship with the church. 

Post # 6
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

When we did our Pre-Cana (for non-Catholic/Catholic couples – I’m not religious and Fiance is Catholic) we were told a wedding with mass was only possible if the non-Catholic party was baptised correctly (i.e. Church of England baptism = ok, but Mormon baptism = not ok) but was only advised if both couples are Catholic. 

Our Priest said it’s best not to have Mass if one of the couple can’t attend, as a ceremony to unite them as man and wife is highlighting disunity between them.

I think in some countries it’s less of an issue, so best to talk to your Priest. 

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