Catholic Marriage


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are annulments expensive?  
  2. Are weddings permitted on Sundays or during Lent?  
  3. Do Catholics ever validly enter into non-sacramental marriages?  
  4. Does the church offer any programs to help couples to improve their marriage?  
  5. How can a couple married 20 years get an annulment?  
  6. How long does it take to get an annulment?  
  7. How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?  
  8. If a Catholic wants to marry a non-Catholic, how can they assure that the marriage is recognized by the Church?  
  9. If a Catholic wishes to marry in a place outside the Catholic church, how can he or she be sure that the marriage is recognized by the Catholic Church as valid?  
  10. If a marriage is annulled are the children from it considered illegitimate?  
  11. If two Catholics or a Catholic and non-Catholic are married invalidly in the eyes of the church, what should they do about it?  
  12. Is it required that a wedding celebration have expensive flowers, clothes and other accompaniments?  
  13. Is there a cost for marriage preparation programs?  
  14. What can a couple do if their marriage is in trouble?  
  15. What is a Nuptial Mass and when can a couple have one?  
  16. What is an annulment?  
  17. What is the difference between a valid and an invalid Catholic marriage?  
  18. What key issues are covered in marriage preparation?  
  19. What kinds of marriage preparation programs does the church offer?  
  20. What should a couple do when they decide that they want to marry in the Catholic Church?  
  21. When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic, must the non-Catholic promise to raise the children in the Catholic faith?  
  22. Why does a Catholic wedding have to take place in a church?  
  23. Why does the church require engaged couples to participate in a marriage preparation program?  
  24. Why does the church teach that marriage is a sacrament?  

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