Baptismal Certificate:The most critical item will be a recently issued (6 months prior to your wedding date) official copy of your baptismal certificate from the parish in which you were baptized. A certificate of baptism or other proof of baptism is required even if you or your fiancé received Christian baptism outside of the Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, marriage records are kept at the parish in which each person was baptized. When the parish at which you were baptized provides a copy of the baptism certificate, that certificate will indicate that you have not been married previously in the Catholic Church, and are therefore eligible to be married. If one of you is not Catholic, proof of baptism will help to determine which version of the Rite of Marriage ought to be used (the rite follows a different order for marriage between a Catholic and someone who has not been baptized). First Communion Certificate:Another required document is the First Communion Certificate, the original certificate that you received from the time of your First Communion is sufficient. An updated copy of your Baptism Certificate should have the noted information of your First Communion, so if it does, it is not necessary to have a separate First Communion Certificate.
Confirmation Certificate:You may also submit the original Confirmation Certificate that you have received from the time of your Sacrament. An updated copy of your Baptism Certificate should have the noted information of your Confirmation, so if it does, it is not necessary to have a separate Confirmation Certificate. MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMAfter the initial meeting, you will be required to participate in a session where you will have an opportunity to assess your readiness for marriage and to assist you in understanding that marriage is a Vocation, a Covenant and a Sacrament.
Marriage Preparation are sessions of one-day or three-evening classes consist of presentations to engaged couples on topics such as the sacramentality and spirituality of marriage, communication, finances, and intimacy.
Engaged Encounter Weekend is a full weekend experience of marriage preparation. The weekend combines learning practical skills for a successful marriage while sharing the experience of a private retreat setting with your fiancé/fiancée.
These sessions are online. It is recommended to attend the class in the first 3 months of the 6 month marriage preparation.