Dear Bride and Bridegroom,

We are happy that you intend getting married. God welcomes your decision and we too, your parish community, rejoice in your decision. Congratulations to you!

Marriage is one of the great Sacraments of the Church. It is a celebration of a decision made out of love before God and between two persons who want to commit themselves to each other. In order that your marriage be a really meaningful celebration, a memorable day and a lasting experience in your life, due and prior preparation is required. The following information will be of use to you.

1. Inform the parish office or any of the priests of your decision to get married at least 3 to 6 months before your marriage. Take the opportunity to clarify any doubts that you may have regarding the marriage procedure, etc.


2.Book and attend the Marriage Preparation Course 3 to 6 months before your marriage.


 3.After completing the Marriage Preparation Course the paper work begins from the bride’s parish with the filling up of her Pre-Nuptial Enquiry form. The following should be kept in mind                        a) Fix an appointment with any of the priests in advance.

b) Bring along the Baptism certificates of both parties which are not more than 6 months old, the Confirmation certificate (if the entry is not made in the Baptism certificate) and the Marriage Preparation Course certificate of both the parties.

c) If you were previously married, you are required to produce the death certificate of your former spouse or a Declaration of Nullity from the Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

d) If you have already been married in court produce the Civil Marriage certificate.

e) If the marriage process of any of the parties is prepared outside India, and the nuptials are to be celebrated in our parish, the papers will have to be sent in advance to the Bishop’s House for a no objection certificate.


4.    Book the Mass at which your marriage will be celebrated (Saturdays at 5 pm, Sundays at 5:30 pm and on others days the time could be fixed with the priest concerned). If another couple wants to have their nuptials at the same Mass, you will have to co-operate and make necessary adjustments.


For your marriage day –

1.    In consultation with the priest concerned, choose the theme, Scripture readings, appoint lectors and altar servers, arrange for a choir (no secular songs to be sung, hymns only from a regular hymnal, musical instruments to be used keeping in mind the nature of the liturgy) and flower decorations (should be modest and tastefully done and not during the Season of Lent), prepare the prayers of the faithful, offertory procession (bread and wine for the Eucharist and gifts that are required for the needs of the Church and the poor, no symbolic gifts are to be offered which will be taken back later).   

2.    Keep in mind that on Sundays of Advent, Lent, Eastertide and other major feasts, the liturgy of the day must be followed. Outside the regular parish schedule of Masses, the special nuptial prayers and readings may be used.

3.    Preparing a booklet for the service is not necessary. If you do choose to prepare one, ensure that it is simple and that it only contains an outline of the readings, prayers, etc. Please do not print the whole text of the readings, prayers, rite of marriage, etc. as these should be proclaimed from the Lectionary and Missal and the congregation should listen to them.

4.    The readings, prayer of the faithful, etc. should be proclaimed by trained lectors or people with a proven capacity to read effectively.

5.    Familiarize yourself with the structure of the rite, memorize the words of the vows, if possible.

6.    Make a good confession to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony.

7.    Video shooting and photography must not be a disturbance during the Mass. They must be done from only one place (near the choir) and only during the entrance procession, readings, nuptial rite, sign of peace and the receiving of Holy Communion.

8.    Refrain from sticking tape on the benches and walls.

9.    Arrange for two witnesses in advance.

10.    The Bridal gown and dresses of the bridesmaids and also those coming up to the sanctuary to read, sing, etc. must be decent and in good taste.

11.    Bursting of crackers can be done after the Mass and outside the church compound.

12.    Be in time for the Nuptial Mass especially when nuptials are at the scheduled parish Mass. If you are late, you will have to wait at the entrance of the Church until after the Gospel is proclaimed and will have to enter without fanfare and photography/videography   

13.    In case an outside priest is to solemnize your marriage, inform the parish priest and submit to him a written note from the concerned priest in advance.


We would like to be of service to you in order to make your marriage a meaningful celebration of your love for each other. These directives are for your benefit and are meant to preserve the sanctity and joy of the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.   Any information you require will be gladly given to you. Be assured of our prayers that God may bless you both as you begin a new life together.



How to Make a Church Marriage Certificate Legal

There has been a problem with foreign countries/embassies (wrongly) not accepting our Church Marriage Certificate as a civilly legal marriage having legal value. All foreign countries need all foreign documents (including Marriage Certificates) to be notarised. For most Western countries notarising Marriage Certificates is generally enough. However for most Gulf Countries and a few others, attesting of Marriage certificates by a government official is necessary. The process to get this done is as follows:

Procedure for getting a document or a Marriage Certificate notarised.

1. Procure your Certificate of Marriage from the Church in which your nuptials were solemnised.

2. Bring your certificates to be attested first at the ARCHBISHOP'S HOUSE, 21 NATHALAL PARIKH MARG, MUMBAI 400 001 (Landmarks: Close to Holy Name Cathedral, Fort Convent, Cooperage, Sahakari Bhandar, Regal Theatre)

Ph Nos: 022 - 22021093/1193/1293
Timings: Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays between 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

3. This marriage certificate is then to be attested by THE PUBLIC NOTARY. You could contact any public notary available at the courts or MR. N. J. D'MONTE, Advocate & Notary (Cell: 9820068642). He sits at the City Civil Court, near Kalaghoda - Mon - Friday 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

4. After this get it stamped by the MARRIAGE REGISTRAR at the MANTRALAYA - His name is MR. RAMESH FRANCIS D'SOUZA, Officer on Special Duty, Finance Dept. 3rd Floor, Rm. No. 340, Mantralaya (Main) Mumbai 32

(Mob No. 9323587457) between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Please carry valid ID proof to enter the Mantralaya.

5. Finally get it stamped by the HOME DEPT, which is opp. Mantralaya (New Administrative Wing) on the 9th floor between 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Once this is done, this Certificate could be used in lieu of the CIVIL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE anywhere in the world.

 Snehalaya Family Service Centre

Victoria School Campus, L.J. Road, Mahim, Mumbai - 400 016.

TeL: +91 - 22 - 2444 8218 or 2446 8218



The Parish Team

St John the Evangelist Church, Marol