Required Documents for Marriage

You are asked to submit several important documents that are necessary to be married in the church. Som eof these documents will not be returned to you, but will be kept in a permanent file here at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

  1. Baptismal Certificate: If you are Catholic, please contact the church in which you were baptized and request a NEW copy of your baptismal certificate with "notations." This cannot be a photocopy of the original, and it should be issued no more than six months before your wedding. For non-Catholic Christians, a photocopy of any existing information regarding your baptism is acceptable.
  2. First Communion and Confirmation Certificates: If notations are not available on your Baptismal Certificate, you will need to obtain copies of your First Communion and Confirmation. Photocopies of original certificates are acceptable. If necessary, please contact the church in which these sacraments took place and request new copies.
  3. Testimony Regarding Freedom to Marry: Each of you will be asked to provide swore testimony from two competent witnesses concerning your freedom to marry. Testimony from parents is preferred. If this is not possible, witnesses can be brothers, sisters, or members of your extended family. The priest/deacon will give you the forms to complete and return to him.
  4. Permission for Mixed Religion (different faiths): According to the law of the Diocese of Charlotte, the Bishop can grant permission for a marriage between a baptized CAtholic and a baptized christian who is not in full communion with the Catholic Church. The Catholic partner must be prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and to sign a form promising that he/she will do all in his/her power to see that the children of the marriage are baptized and educated in the Catholic Church. This can be completed during one of your meetings with the priest/deacon.
  5. Dispensation for Marriage between a Catholic and a Non-Baptized Individual (disparity of worship/cult): According to the law of the Diocese of Charlotte, the Bishop can grant dispensation for a marriage between a baptized Catholic and a person who is not baptized. The Catholic partner must be prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and to sign a form promising that he/she will do all in his/her power to see that the children of the marriage are baptized and educated in the Catholic Church. This can be done during one of your meetings with the priest/deacon.
  6. Diocese of Charlotte Natural Family Planning Certificate: Upon completion of this program, you will be given a certificate that you can submit to the priest/deacon.
  7. Civil Marriage License: Your marriage ceremony will not take place without a civil marriage license. Please obtain your license approximately one month prior to your wedding. Additionally, we urge you not to have a civil marriage before you are married in the Church. This WILL lead to complications that WILL delay your wedding date. The priest/deacon is a witness for the Church as well as for the state.
  8. Record of Prior Marriage: Please inform the priest/deacon immediately if there has been a prior marriage. Additional paperwork must be completed BEFORE a wedding date can be established.
 
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