If you were only married civilly, that is, not in the Catholic Church before a priest or deacon, it might not be a valid marriage in the eyes of the Church. Some couples believe that a marriage before a Justice of the Peace or a non-Catholic minister is valid. For a marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church, the marriage must be in a Catholic Church or Chapel and officiated by an authorized Catholic priest or deacon along with two witnesses. There are limited interfaith exceptions with proper permission.
We invite you to speak with one of our priests if you have any questions or if you wish to validate your marriage. The process may be very simple and your marriage will now be blessed by the Church.