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Marriage preparation

2014-02-03 00:00:00


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. 

Required documentation

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.

Course material

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

About us

The Pastoral Department of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo has as its goal to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral service in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in the actuality this Gospel has for each and everyone of us in any situation of life. In the Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Oslo the following is written about the work of the Department:

"The Pastoral Department is there to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral activities with materials, courses, councel,  suggestions of activities etc. for their pastoral service (...) It is also the task of the Department to maintain a particular contact with the youth association of the Catholic Chutch in Norway (NUK), Caritas, the Catholic schools and others engaged in pastoral work but are not, however, directly and/or formally organised under the Diocese." (chapter 2.5)

The Pastoral Department works in a number of areas, among others Marriage, family and pro-life, Catechesis, Pastoral care of immigrants, Catholic studies (among other things the responsibility for the academic studies for diocesan candidates to the priesthood and permanent diaconate), Preventive work against sexual abuse in the Church, Faith sharing in digital and social media, etc.

In addition to the work particularly done towards parishes and others engaged in organised pastoral activities, the Pastoral Department also has a direct pastoral service to families and individuals through developing material to help them practice and strengthen their Catholic faith.



What we do

We develop courses and material for sacramental marriage preparation, organise gatherings and offer resources in the areas of marriage, family and pro-life. We also develop and offer material for inspiration and help for families to practice Catholic faith and prayer. We are happy to visit parishes and assist in local arrangements where family issues are on the agenda.


We create and publish material (printed and digital) to be used in the preparation of children for the reception of the sacraments (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation), in Sunday school and throughout grades 1 to 10. We arrange annual seminars and retreats for catechists, and we also help the parishes with arranging regional and local courses and seminars. Together with external partners, we also develop and offer catechetical formation on univresity level.

The Diocese of Oslo consists to a large extent of immigrants to Norway, and therefore there is a need of an organised pastoral care for different groups of immigrants. This pastoral care is coordinated by the Office for immigrant pastoral care and is regulated by current guidelines. The office is responsible for collecting reports on immigrant pastoral care throughout the Diocese, regardless of the way it is organised, and to send forward this information to the Bishop and relevant authorities. The Pastoral Department collaborates with the Office for immigrant pastoral care in order to help in offering an integral pastoral care for all Catholics in our Diocese.