(Closed) Will I HAVE to provide proof of baptismal to get married?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You do need to provide proof. Do you have a parent to ask or know what area of the state you may have been baptized in. The diocese can probably help track it down for you. 

Have you received the rest of the sacraments of initiation? Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

My cousin was unable to get proof so the church asked for pictures instead.. of course they had that so they alowed it. Some churches are more lenient though.. I would ask.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@Zaria: Are you Catholic or a non-Catholic marrying a Catholic? 

If you are a non-Catholic marrying a Catholic, the priest can usually accept some alternative form verifying baptism (for example, the priest might ask your parents to provide a statement saying that you were baptized).

If you are a Catholic, you will need proof of baptism (which is also proof that you haven’t been married in the past).  It doesn’t matter if the church in which you were baptized doesn’t exist – there’s a record.  Tell your priest where you lived when you were baptized, and he should be able to call the diocese in that area and track down a record.

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

yep. You need a dated official copy no earlier than 6 months prior to your wedding date.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have my baptismal certificate, but since I will be married in the same diocese our priest said the secretary would look it up in this giant book.  Also, ask your parents.  I’m sure they’ll remember the name of your church.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

The diocese you were baptised in has the records even if the church no longer exists.  Call them and they will look it up and send you a certified copy. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

My Fiance had this problem, his original church isn’t there anymore but he contacted the Dioceses in that area and they were able to find it for him.

No worries, you have time. im getting married in a little over a month and i just requested mine today actually.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My husband is Catholic and I am not. He needed to have a copy of his baptismal certificate dated six months or less before the ceremony. Also, my Mom provided a statement to the Church that I wasn’t baptized in any religion.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you are Catholic, yes.  Someone in your family must know where you were baptized.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@Zaria: I am Lutheran and my fiance is a not baptised in any religion… I called the deacon who will be performing our ceremony and asked was it ok because I wasn’t catholic and he said it was fine as long as I have been baptised and have a certificate its no problem..I finally found the church I was baptised at…Thank goodness!!

Two non-Catholics cannot be married in a Catholic church.  At least one of you must be Catholic.  When you said that you were not Catholic, did you mention that your Fiance is also not Catholic? 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Zaria: Why would you get married in a catholic church then?

I really didnt think 2 non-catholics could be married in a catholic church?

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Are you being married by a deacon at a non-catholic church location (i.e. a beach/garden/etc)? He can legally marry you but you can’t be “married in the Catholic church.”

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