(Closed) Lax Catholic Churches in Dallas?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

LOL– They don’t believe in cohabitating couples- like you don’t believe in Santa Claus? 😉 

I can’t help you with the church question in Dallas, but I know that here (and from what I’ve seen here on the boards), if you are living with your future spouse, you have additional questions to answer on the FOCCUS quiz and there is, I believe, something extra you do for the Engaged Encounter weekend.

Re: the church– can you not have the Parish you attend just send them a letter so you can get married in your home church?

Post # 4
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just FYI, priests are not allowed to refuse marriage to you on the basis of your cohabitating.  There was a decision by the Council of Bishops stating such.

Being a member of the church in question is pretty standard, though.

Edit: Wait, is that like your childhood church?  That’s a weird response to me then.  

Post # 5
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

if all your sacrements are done in that church and you’ve been attending, it should be no problem.  My brother hadn’t been back to our home church since confirmation and they married him there.  However he and his now wife, were co-habitating and had to sign a form saying they new in the eyes of god they were commiting a sin by living together. 

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Do you live within the parish’s territory? Little known fact (even among many devout Catholics): parishes are geographic divisions of a diocese, and technically wherever you live, you are a “member” of that parish (whether or not you ever went through the formality of registering) and you have a right to access the sacraments there. Now, depending on where you live, that may or may not be the church you’re trying to get in to, or a church that you like, but there is at least one Catholic church that has to acknowledge you as a member for however long you’ve lived at your current address. Of course, if you like another church better, there’s nothing preventing you from attending there and registering as a member of that parish, but you automatically have a default parish based on where you live, and most Catholics these days don’t know that.

Is this a church you attend regularly, but just have never signed up as a member? Does the priest know you? Try talking directly to him rather than going through the church secretary. They often try to “filter” who gets through to the priest (and with good reason – many people who have no intention of attending regularly or supporting the parish try to have a wedding in the church). If you have a genuine connection to this parish, approach the priest directly to explain the situation. If you’ve been attending there for a while but just never registered as a member, talk to him and maybe they can work it out so that you “count” as having been a member long enough to qualify.

Post # 7
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

They’re not allowed to refuse to marry you just because you are cohabitating. Call them back and tell them you found that out. Mention you will call the bishop if necessary.

Post # 8
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

They CAN, however, refuse to marry you if they “dont know” you, like if you’re not registered there and/or don’t regularly attend. 

Post # 9
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

According to Canon Law, parishes must provide the sacraments to Catholics who live within their boundaries whether or not they have registered or ever attended there. They can make you attend classes, wait a while, jump through hoops, etc., but they have to marry you if you are a baptized Catholic and request it.

Post # 11
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The lady on the phone does not get to make the decisions, she is just the gatekeeper! You need to get around her. My suggestion – go to mass with your mom/aunt/grandma, someone who the pastor knows and recognizes. Wait til the end of mass. Go up to the priest with them and have them say “Oh father so-and-so! Have you ever been introduced to Stefande? She is recently engaged and so looking forward to getting married here!” Then you jump in and say “Yes, my fiance and I are very excited! Can we make an appointment with you to discuss the process of marriage preparation?” When he defers you to the lady in the office, you go back to her and say “Father ____ said I need to make an appointment with him.” Also, get your name on the list and get the envelopes, you’ll probably have 6 months under your belt before the wedding.

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