St. Kateri Tekakwitha  Catholic Community


MARRIAGE / SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Couples who wish to marry must fill up a registration form . Forms can be obtained from the Banning and Beaumont Office. Registration should be done  at least 6 months prior to the target wedding date.

DOCUMENTS

Here are the documents that you need to prepare:

 1) Birth Certificate

2) Baptismal Certificate  ( must be a recent copy and issued not within six months prior to the wedding date.

3) First Communion Certificate 

4) Confirmation Certificate 

5) If civilly married- Civil Marriage Certificate 

6) If divorced - Decree of Dissolution 

7 ) If previously married in the Catholic Church - Certificate of Annulment 

8 ) a letter of Permission from your home Parish may be required if you are not a registered parishioner of our parish.


FREQUENTLY ASKED  QUESTIONS:


1) Am I allowed to marry a non-Catholic? Non Christian? Atheist?


Answer: Yes. The Church allows it provided the non-Catholic party will not object to the  desire of the Catholic party to raise the children in the Catholic faith.


2) I have a previous marriage in the Church but we are already civilly divorced. Can I marry in the Church again?

Answer: You need to have the previous marriage be annulled first before you can re-marry in the Church.


3) My future husband had a previous marriage in a non-Catholic church, can we marry in the Catholic Church since he is already divorced?

Answer: The Catholic Church considers all marriages as valid and therefore the first marriage must be annulled first before you can get married in the Catholic church.


4. My future husband/wife is not a Catholic / not Christian. Can we still marry in the Catholic Church?

Answer: Yes, you need to apply for a dispensation. ( A permission granted by the local Bishop )


Also ,there is a need to apply for dispensation for some special cases and this may add to the  length of time for preparation. For annulment, the process may take from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the information that is available from the previous marriage. For dispensation, it may take 3 weeks to six months.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

In California marriage officiated in the Catholic Church is also considered as a civil rite, so you need to obtain a Marriage License which is valid 90 days from the date of issuance. You can obtain the license from the Assesor- County Clerck- Recorder.

APPLYING FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Please click the link : http://www.cityapplications.com/marriage-licenses/CA-California/mrg-Riverside.html

APPLYING FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Please click the link : https://www.sbcounty.gov/ARC/Main/RecorderClerk/MarriageInformation.aspx



INTERVIEW

Once you have all these documents, please call the parish Office to set a date for an interview with a priest or a deacon.

FREEDOM TO MARRY

You have to establish that you are free to get married in the catholic Church. A witness need to sign a document testifying that you are free to get married in the Church. The document to be signed by your witness can be obtained at the parish office.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION CLASSES

You will be required to take preparation classes. Please call the parish Office for the schedule of Classes. Classes take up to six sessions and conducted by couple facilitators in the home setting. You may be joined with other couples who are taking the classes.

DECORATIONS, FLOWERS, PHOTO/VIDEO/ REHEARSAL

Please consult the parish office for the details.

VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!!PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY RESERVATION IN YOUR RECEPTION VENUE UNTIL ALL THESE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED AND YOU HAVE UNDERGONE ALL THE REQUIRED PREPARATION. IT IS ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE MADE THE FINAL MEETING WITH THE PASTOR THAT YOU CAN SCHEDULE THE DATE AND TIME OF YOUR WEDDING...