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Lisa wrote:

Hi, guys —

My fiancé and I are both Catholic and we have met with our priest to begin the preparations
for our Marriage. We now have the chance to be married at a beautiful location in a
non-denominational Chapel.

  • Would we be able to celebrate the sacrament of Marriage in this Chapel and be married in the eyes of the Church, or
  • Do we have to be married in a Catholic Church for it to count?

We are waiting to hear back from our priest but I am worried we might lose this location
if I cannot confirm it soon with those at the Chapel.


  { Can two Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Marriage at a non-denominational Chapel? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


It depends on the specific Chapel and Bishop — however, you will most likely not be given permission to have a sacramental wedding in a non-denominational church involving two Catholics, as in your case.

See Canon 1118 §1:

A marriage between Catholics or between a Catholic party and a non-Catholic baptized party is to be celebrated in a parish church. It can be celebrated in another church or oratory with the permission of the local ordinary or pastor.

Note that the Canon does allow the pastor to make the call but most dioceses have Diocesan norms that the pastor would have to follow.

Fr. Jonathan

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