“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” CCC 1601
The couple is required to meet with Father at least one year in advance of the proposed date of marriage to ensure adequate time for marriage preparation. In the case of any previous marriage, no date may be set unless freedom to marry can be given.
Time for Weddings
Weddings may take place any day except Sunday. When you come to meet with the Pastor, you may consult with him about the availability of dates and times.
Marriage Preparation Courses
You will be required to take the marriage preparation course. Diocesan Catholic Engaged Encounter (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) or Marriage Preparation Program (Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon). Father can direct you to the registration of these programs at the first meeting.
Music: Speak with our music directors at any of our weekend Masses. We only allow our musicians to play at your wedding.
a. Baptismal Certificates
Every Catholic being married must present a certificate of Baptism issued within six months before the marriage. This certificate will probably include information concerning Confirmation. If not, a certificate of Confirmation is also requested.
A non-Catholic, if baptized, must also obtain a record of Baptism. . Photocopies of these are acceptable.
If one of the parties is from another parish or another diocese, discuss with the priest the need for testimonial letters that may have to be presented.
b. Ontario Marriage License or Banns?
An application for an Ontario marriage license may be obtained at any Municipal Office in Ontario. It is valid for three months.
c. Certificate of Marriage Preparation
You will be given a certificate once your marriage preparation course is completed.
d. Names and addresses of the signing witnesses
The parish office needs to know the names and addresses of the two signing witnesses. They must be at least 18 years old but need not be Catholics.
e. In case of a previous marriage
If a previous marriage existed and the former spouse is deceased, a certificate of death is required.
If there was a previous marriage and the former spouse is still living, a declaration of nullity from a Catholic Marriage Tribunal is required. No date for marriage may be set until freedom of marriage has been established and documented by the Chancery of the Hamilton Diocese.
St. Ann Roman Catholic Parish
120 Sherman Avenue N.
Hamilton, ON L8L 6M6