families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.”
~ Pope Francis
Address: Bishop Flanagan Ministry Center
199 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-848-2237, ext. 306
We will help you:
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- Natural Family Planning
• The Best in Family Planning
- Marriage Support and Enrichment
• Marriage Encounter
• Retrouvaille (A Lifeline for Troubled Marriages)
- Post Abortion Reconciliation and Counseling:
• Project Rachel (Post abortion healing program. Please call 860-861-4439. All calls are confidential.)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the first steps to take in planning a Catholic wedding?
- Call the parish where you intend to get married at least six months to a year before the date of your wedding to meet with a priest or deacon to begin your marriage preparations and to set a date. This should be done before booking a venue for your reception.
- If one or both of you is Catholic, you will need a recently obtained copy of your baptismal certificate from the church where you were baptized. The certificate should have notations on the second side about the date and place of your First Communion and Confirmation, since that information is also needed. If one of you is a baptized non-Catholic, a baptismal certificate alone is needed.
- If this is a second marriage for either one of you, additional documents will be needed such as a Decree of Nullity, indicating an annulment of the previous marriage, or a death certificate of the former spouse.
Does a Catholic wedding have to take place in a church?
As marriage is a Sacrament, it takes place in a church within the context of a faith community to signify the sacredness of the action between the couple and the sacramental nature of the occasion. While there are instances when a local bishop can permit a marriage to be celebrated in another suitable place, the couple would have to show why getting married in a church would present grave difficulties.
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