Catholics should marry in the Catholic Church, even if a Catholic is marrying a non-Catholic. If a Catholic gets married outside of the Catholic Church and with no prior dispensation from the Church, the marriage is not recognized in the eyes of the Church.
If a couple marries outside of the Catholic faith without a “dispensation” from the Church, they may request a Marriage Validation.
At St. Norbert Parish, to obtain a Marriage Validation, a couple must complete a marriage Prenuptial Questionnaire and attend a marriage preparation class. Upon completion, the couple may have a marriage ceremony in the Catholic Church. The ceremony can be very simple, with just a priest or deacon and two witnesses. Some couples however, decide to have a full wedding ceremony. In the eyes of the Church, this new ceremony is considered the marriage ceremony. Prior ceremonies, outside of the church, are not recognized by the Church.
There may be a reason to not to have a Marriage Validated. If such a need exists, the Church can grant a Marriage Validation through a “Radical Sanation” process. A serious reason however is needed for a “Radical Sanation” to be granted.
Those seeking a Marriage Validation should contact the Parish Office (847-272-7090) to schedule an appointment with a priest.