Q. 1. My boyfriend and I would like to get married at the local Cathedral. But we belong to another parish in the city. Is it still possible to get married at the Cathedral considering that we are not members of that congregation?
A. 1. As a general rule, those who wish to get married should be married at the Church where they are registered as members of the congregation.
Some Cathedrals and Shrines where the Sacrament of Marriage can be administered do welcome the members of other Catholic Churches under certain conditions. As marriage candidates must participate in the Marriage Preparation Classes in their parishes prior to being married, they must also do the same if they wish to get married at their local Cathedral or Shrine. Therefore, it is important that you contact the Cathedral or Shrine at least six months prior to the planned marriage date to confirm the availability of that date and your participation in the program prior to that date.