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Gloria Villalvazo wrote:

Hi, guys —

I had a question I can't find an answer to and I've been searching online but have found nothing.

My husband and I were married by the court but we want to get married by the Church. We have both been baptized Catholic but have not received our First Communion or anything.

  • Do we still have to receive our First Communion to get married by the Church even though we are married by the court and currently live together?


  { If we married civilly, do we have to receive our First Communion if we want a Church marriage? }

Bob replied:


There is no official impediment to becoming married in the Church if you have not received your First Communion. So the question must be asked:

  • If you don't practice the Catholic Faith, why do you want to be married in the Church?

In any case, you would need to contact a parish priest, obtain your baptismal records, be free to marry (meaning no other former marriages would need to be annulled), and talk through the implications of making this step.

Different priests may require different steps, i.e., attendance in an RCIA program, pre-Cana etc. Some priests may not stipulate any requirements beyond the minimum, which I noted above.

If you want to follow up and live as Catholics then it makes good sense, but outside of that, I don't understand your rationale.


Bob Kirby

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