This is the common policy approved by the bishops of New Jersey for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Trenton.
Pastoral Policies and Guidelines in Spanish
The Pastoral Policies and Guidelines have identified 21 special circumstances of engaged couples that may impede their ability for lifelong marriage and affect validity of marriage.
This form is used for E-1 referrals for evaluation to provide FOCCUS results when special circumstances exist.
Step by Step process for preparing couples for marriage in the parish based on the Pastoral Policies and Guidelines
The official guide to be given to engaged couples when they begin the marriage preparation process, based on the Pastoral Policies and Guidelines
A helpful step by step guide for engaged couples to assist them with the marriage preparation process
A brief summary and overview of the various marriage preparation programs approved for couples preparing for marriage in the Diocese of Trenton
Trifold Pre-Nuptial Investigation Form: The original tri-fold forms in blue print must be used; they are available from the Department of Evangelization and Family Life upon request (contact Jossie Ramos, 609-403-7151; email@example.com)
Form A-1 is used to verify freedom to marry; Form A-2 is used for parental permission of the marriage of a minor, under age 18; Form A-3 records information on prior marriages.
Form A-4 concerns a couple who is convalidating a civil marriage not valid according to Church law.
Form B-1 is an affidavit of Baptism; Form B-2 is an affidavit of non-baptism.
Form C-1 concerns the couple’s future residence; Form C-2 is a letter to the couple’s future parish.
Form C-3 concerns notification to the church of Baptism for aCatholic party to a marriage.
D-1 is the general marriage dispensation or marriage permission petition form and rescript.
D-2 dispensation from canonical form; D-3 permission for a priest or deacon to witness marriage outside of a church
Form E-1 evaluation referral process for a special circumstance;
Form E-2 Episcopal prohibition of the celebration of a marriage.
All forms in the Spanish language
In accord with the diocesan Plan for Strengthening Marriage, which calls our diocese “to regularize the situation of civilly married couples so they may enjoy the fullness of the sacramental life of the Church,” a comprehensive set of resources is provided here so that parishes may:
This "welcoming" brochure offers an invitation to those in irregular situations to "bring their (non- Catholic) marriage into the Church. It provides a comprehensive overview of the convalidation process – what makes marriage valid in the Church, the benefits of Catholic marriage, and the ten steps of preparing for sacramental marriage (provided for parishes by the Dept. of Evangelization & Family Life upon request; 609-403-7151)
Suggested agenda and format for an information evening on "blessing your non-church marriage" or "bringing your civil marriage into the Church." Topics will include: what makes marriage valid, impediments to marriage (e. g. prior marriages), and steps in the convalidation process. Video clips from the Convalidation Video Testimonies can be used.
Series of Short Testimonial Videos of Couples who’ve been through the convalidation process and priests who’ve worked with couples through the process.
You can also view the entire video with introduction. Recommended for use at parish Convalidation Information Evenings, in private sessions with couples, or to be shown in parish gathering spaces (available on DVD from Dept. of Evangelization and Family Life; 609-403-7151)
Step by step guide to prepare civilly married couples (those with invalid marriages) to bring their marriages into the Church through the convalidation process.