We are planning to marry in the Catholic Church - Whom do we contact?
How wonderful! Please start by contacting the parish of the Catholic part. If you are both Catholics, you should contact the bride's parish office or the parish where you plan to marry/attend a marriage preparation course. The parish priest will tell you what kind of marriage preparation the parish can offer, and what documentation you will need.
Contact the authorities (Skatteetaten - Folkeregisteret) by clicking here and following the instructions.
You need to provide the Church with the following documents:
The Catholic part: ”Dåpsattest for bryllup”. You may also present a Confirmation certificate.
The Non-Catholic part, if Christian: Baptism certificate.
None of the certificates should be issued earlier than 6 months before the date of your wedding.
Both: Marital status certificate (Sivilstandsattest): ”Utskrift av opplysninger registrert ved Det sentrale folkeregister”.
NB! Beware that it takes time to assemble all the required documentation, especially if your wedding is to take place outside Norway. We recommend that you start the process no less than 4-6 months before your wedding date.
Our marriage preparation material is called "Kjærlighet for livet", and consists of a Study Book and a Workbook. They cover the following themes: Being called to marriage, marriage across faiths and cultures, moral values in changing times, "to love and to cherish each other", strengthening your relationship, sexuality and responsible parenthood, family life and living as a Domestic Church, "for Good and for Worse", and finally a chapter on how to prepare your wedding liturgy. Each set of books amounts to NOK 350,-. You may buy the material directly from your priest or order it from the Pastoral Department.
Marriage preparation courses
Each parish offers courses according to its possibilities and resources. The larger parishes offer courses for groups, smaller parishes offer individual accompaniment. Click here and scroll down to 'Menigheter og kapelldistrikt'; there you can choose the desired parish and go into its web site or blog to see what courses it offers and when they start.
Marriage preparation teams
The Pastoral Department is responsible for the formation of MP-teams (E-teams in Norwegian), consisting of priests and lay people who present marriage preparation courses together. Presently, there is one MP-team in Stavanger and one in Oslo, while Tønsberg and Hamar/Lillehammer are preparing one each to help regionally. People who are genuinely interested in being part of an MP-team in their parish, are most welcome to contact us!
Resources and recommended literature
John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 1981. (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World)
John Paul II, Letter to Families, 1994.
John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995. (On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life)
II Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate (On the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions)
Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, 1968. (On Procreation and Responsible Parenthood)