Contact your parish
When you call or visit the parish, you will likely first speak with the parish secretary. Let that person know that you would like to set up a meeting with a priest to talk about marriage convalidation.
You should contact your parish as soon as you are able. Most parishes ask couples to contact them several months prior to the date that they would like to set for their wedding. The sooner, the better.
Register for Diocesan Marriage Preparation
We recommend completing this step at least 4 months prior to your wedding. At this time, you may complete diocesan marriage preparation either in person or online.
Completion of the online program OR attendance at the Hybrid Gift of Self: Marriage Preparation seminar is required for all couples preparing for marriage in the Diocese of Rockford.