Catholic parties are required to present recent (not a copy of the original) copies of their baptismal certificates. They must be dated within six months of the wedding. (If you were baptized at St. Paul’s or St. Mary Magdalen dePazzi, we already have your baptismal record). The baptismal certificate is easily attained by calling the church of your baptism and asking for your baptismal certificate for the purpose of marriage. No marriage can take place without this certificate. In addition, we ask for the Confirmation Certificate for those not confirmed at St. Paul or St. Mary Magdalen dePazzi. Complete parish contact information can be found at : http://archphila.org/parishes/index.php
If you are marrying a non-Catholic, they should present a copy of their baptismal certificate if they have been baptized. The Catholic party must be willing to do all in their power to have the children of this marriage baptized and reared as Catholics. The Catholic party is asked to sign the document stating this intention.
Catholic parties (bride or groom) not from St. Paul Parish are also required to present a “Letter of Freedom to Marry” from his/her parish. This may be obtained from the Rectory or Parish Office of your home parish.
Each party is asked to choose two people who have known them sufficiently enough to give testimony of their intention to enter into marriage. This is called a Pre-Marriage Witness Testimony