A Wedding Officiator Network for Roman Catholics
(714) 970 8839
California Catholic Wedding Ceremonies - Orange County
|As you already
know, a Roman Catholic Priest will not preside over a wedding ceremony,
whereby the bride and groom is not both Roman Catholic. Or, a Roman
Catholic Priest may not solemnize a marriage ceremony at a non - Catholic
Church wedding venue or other marriage ceremony location. Most Roman
Catholic Priests will not perform the Sacrament of Marriage on a Sunday
morning or early afternoon, due to Mass. In fact, a Roman Catholic
Priest must get special permission to preside over the Sacrament of
Marriage at a Church other than his own.
|As You Plan
Your Roman Catholic Marriage Ceremony
To The Following Questions May Determine The Limitations Of Your Wedding
|1.. Are you and
your fiancée practicing Catholics? Planning a Catholic style
wedding ceremony, but will be marrying outside the Church? At a park?
The beach? Country club or other non-Church wedding venue?
|2. Are you and/or
your fiancée divorced and unable to participate in the Sacrament
of Holy Marriage through the Roman Catholic Church?
|3. Are either
you or your fiancée, not Roman Catholic? Are there plans to
become a member of the Catholic faith? Before the wedding? After the
|4. Is your fiancée
not planning to convert to Catholicism? Is he or she wanting an interfaith
or trans-faith marriage ceremony?
|5. Is your fiancée
not planning to convert to Catholicism, but consenting to a "Catholic"
|6. Are you and
your fiancée, Catholic, but want a non-religious or traditional
Christian (without Mass) marriage ceremony? Possibly adding one or
two Roman Catholic or ethnic Church customs only? Possibly not at
|7. Do you and/or
your fiancée want a completely civil ceremony, with a "Marriage
Blessing" from the Roman Catholic Church in the months to follow
your outdoor wedding ceremony?
|8. Do you and/or
your fiancée want to each add ethnic traditions practiced in
your native country's Roman Catholic Church, but would be unable to
at the Church currently attended?
|A Roman Catholic
Can Marry Outside The Church & Subsequently Receive The Church's
certain cases, a Roman Catholic may marry outside the Roman Catholic
Church, as long as the marriage ceremony is preformed by a non-denominational
clergy/officiant, judge or justice of the peace. A "special
dispensation" is available through the Diocese, which
may recognize a park, beach, country club, etc, marriage ceremony.
For details, contact TCN.
You Find The Acceptable Wedding Priest - A Warning
outside the Roman Catholic Church, leave the option open for the
Church's "Marriage Blessing". The following types of clergy
may not be acceptable to the Church's "Special Dispensation":
- A denominational
Clergy posing as a Roman Catholic Priest using the title of "Father",
"Priest", "Bishop", etc. A genuine Roman Catholic
Priest does not celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage outside the
church. Or, in the Church of another denomination - Lutheran,
Methodist, Viennese Catholic, American Catholic, Unitarian, Universal
Life, or some pseudo - Catholic Church. Please Note: Pseudo -
Roman Catholic religious denominations claim to have obtained
the Pope's blessing on their priests' rite of succession. Their
clergy solicit themselves as "Catholic Priests" (implied
Roman Catholic) willing to "bless" a marriage outside
the Church - at a beach, park, hotel, etc. Some even name their
pseudo - Roman Catholic Churches in honour of certain Saints.
This alleged declaration of Papal blessing can lead a Roman Catholic
to believe that their marriage will automatically be blessed by
the Roman Catholic Church. This is not true. For details contact
your local Diocese.
- A former
Roman Catholic Priest, having left the Church, re-ordained in
another denomination or faith. In this case, a former priest is
claiming to have authority to perform the Sacrament of Marriage
outside the Church with the Church's blessing.
- A former
Roman Catholic Priest, having left the Church to marry, claiming
to retain the blessing of the Roman Catholic Church for the purposes
of performing the Sacrament of Marriage.
Selecting Your Roman Catholic Wedding Officiator
- Make certain
that your prospective wedding officiator is degreed in his/her
field. Ruling out those without long- time officiating experience,
part-timers, beginners, internet or mail-order ordained, the questionable
or those officiating just for fun, is an important start. A screened,
career, professional officiator is a minimum standard from which
- If marrying
at a park, hotel, club, or other non-Church wedding location,
you will need to obtain the services of your officiator/minister/judge/justice
of the peace or non-denominational from a non-Church source. An
officiator who is without denomination or is a civil celebrant.
Be certain to select the type of officiator acceptable to the
Church's "Special Dispensation". Make certain the wedding
officiator can demonstrate knowledge of the Roman Catholic wedding
ceremony and are schooled in the polity of the Roman Catholic
- Has a working
experience with wedding locations in Orange County - Los Angeles
County - Riverside County - San Bernardino or San Diego County.
- Is based
with a reputable Orange County officiators group. A screened,
career officiator with professional local wedding affiliations.
the officiator's physical qualities in the light of the wedding
ceremony environment - inarticulate or soft speaking voice, untidy
appearance, confident, friendly, or overall state of health.
the officiator's knowledge of your specific marriage ceremony
location. For example, the officiator's actual experiences at
your chosen wedding venue
i.e. their opinion on the wedding
venue's sound system, the location's wedding coordinator, ceremony
area's strengths and weaknesses, caterer, etc.
- Make certain
that your pre-selected marriage officiator will be the one presiding
over your wedding ceremony. You do not want to meet with one wedding
officiator/minister/clergy or non-denominational, only to have
another one show up on the wedding day. One that has not had significant
Roman Catholic marriage ceremony experience.
- Make certain
that your primary officiator/minister or non-denominational clergy
can supply guaranteed emergency "back-up", in the event
of their illness. This "back-up" should agree to the
terms arranged with your primary officiant. The "back-up"
should perform the Catholic wedding ceremony content already agreed
upon. Roman Catholic wedding ceremony content is a "specialized"
content, as is the presiding of the same.
- Make certain
that the marriage officiant consults with the wedding professionals
directly related to your wedding ceremony & transition to
the wedding reception festivities. The wedding reception caterer,
event planner or banquet coordinator, photographer, videographer,
D.J., musicians, etc, are to be included in this list.
- Make certain
that the officiator/minister or non-denominational clergy will
add the warmth and personality to your ceremony.
- A Catholic
"style" ceremony and marriage vows should not focus
on the limitations imposed when your Church Priest's refused to
preside outside the Church. The ceremony can emphasize the loving
commitment of a couple and acknowledges God, while leaving the
option open for a subsequent Church blessing.
How Can The
Clergy Network Help You To Realize Catholic Wedding Ceremony and
Marriage Vows Of Your Dreams?
The Clergy Network Of Southern California
Can Help With A
Catholic Style, Interfaith, Trans-Faith Or Civil Marriage Ceremony
Outside The Church
. A Catholic wedding officiator
service offers marriage celebrants skilled in Roman Catholic wedding
ceremony planning and presentation - knowledgeable and experienced.
Our clergy membership includes those with more education and training
than the average Roman Catholic Priest. TCN is in your local Orange
County area. To be familiar with both the Catholic wedding ceremony
& Orange County wedding locations is a plus.
a TCN officiator for your Catholic ceremony. The wedding ceremony
to be presided at the wedding venue of your choice.
- TCN Wedding
officiators are skilled in interfaith ceremony presiding are also
included within our wedding celebrant membership. As are civil
a Catholic wedding officiator service
can provide a minister, celebrant, non-denominational clergy or
other civil marriage officiator to perform your non-religious or
religious wedding ceremony. We offer:
- A selection
of trained, degreed and screened career professional wedding officiators.
Male or female marriage presiders are represented - Roman Catholic,
Interfaith and Civil marriage ceremony experienced.
- Wedding officiators
willing to preside at an outdoor, or non- Church wedding location,
even if the couple has been privately married by a Roman Catholic
Priest in a small Church ceremony. Ask
TCN for details.
- A bride and
groom the choice of wedding ceremony content and marriage vows.
A wedding ceremony planning session which takes into consideration
Catholic or Interfaith or Civil requirements.
- TCN's proprietary
on-line marriage ceremony wording library and organizational web
space & ceremony planning materials.
- Name change
and marriage license information, paperwork and requirements will
also be provided. In some cases, marriage licenses are issued
by TCN. No visit to the Orange County Clerk's office may be needed.
- TCN's fulltime
support staff are trained to assist in the bride's and groom's
Roman Catholic, Interfaith or Civil wedding ceremony planning.
- Week of the
wedding phone conference (with bride, groom & officiator)
& day of pre-ceremony coordination (by officiator with wedding
ceremony vendors). A guaranteed emergency "back-up"
officiator will be assigned to a couple's chosen primary officiator.
- An officiator
assisted wedding rehearsal package
- Filing of
marriage license with Orange County Clerk Recorders Office or
Marriage License issuer.
- Plus more
Information on Civil Or Non-Religious Marriage Ceremonies &
Contact The Clergy Network, A Catholic, Interfaith & Civil Wedding
Officiator Referral Service, at 714 970 - 8839 (Main Office In Southern
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