We probably all know at least one couple who were not married according to the legal requirements of the Catholic church. Perhaps the couple were married in a civil ceremony. Or maybe they were married in the church of the non-Catholic partner without having gone through the procedure of receiving a dispensation from the Catholic church. Perhaps one of the partners had been married previously and was not at the time of the new marriage canonically free to marry again. It is not unusual for such couples to wish later to have the Catholic church formally recognize their marriage.
If you would like to find out more about what is commonly called “having your marriage blessed,” you are encouraged to contact Cindy Bremeier 414-543-8292, ext. 213 or [email protected], the wedding coordinator here at St. Greg’s, to explore the possibility of convalidating your marriage. Convalidation is the process by which the church recognizes a marriage that did not previously meet the requirements of canon law.
Each couple’s circumstances differ, of course, calling for different procedures. The process of convalidating a marriage respects the needs of each couple as well as the teachings of the Catholic church. Through it, the couple’s experience of married love is interpreted in a new context—the paschal mystery—the pattern at the heart of every Christian marriage.