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About Wedding Officiants

The definition of an officiant is someone who officiates at a service or ceremony, such as a marriage, memorial, or baptism. The term "Officiant" also includes Justices of the Peace, celebrants, notaries, and other people empowered by law to perform legally-binding private ceremonies.

Ordination, a process by which individuals are consecrated, is a requirement in some states to officate at weddings. However, each state, province and country has their own laws. In places where ordination is not required by secular law, the particular religious denomination or chruch decides whether or not the ordination is required.

A Marriage officiant is a civil officer who performs acts of marriage or civil unions. The main responsibility of a Marriage officiant is to receive and witness the consent of the intended spouses and to ensure the legal formalities, and therefore the validity of the marriage or civil union, observed. Officiant's duties and responsibilities, as well as who may be an officiant, vary among states.

All officiants registered with the Catholic Wedding Officiants organization are validly and canonically (required by canon law) ordained Catholic Priest and Deacon's. We also have ministers of other religious denominations within our organization.

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Question: How do we schedule with Catholic Wedding Officiants to perform our Wedding Ceremony?

Catholic Wedding Officiants would be honored to be part of your special day. To schedule your wedding, send an e-mail or submit a form to us with your request. You can also call us at any of our phone number in Rhode Island at (401) 580-4405. 

Once we receive your message by phone or through e-mail we will respond to you within 24hours. In fairness to other Brides & Groom, wedding dates are only reserved with a deposit -- and unfortunately we cannot hold a date open without your deposit. So once you hear back from us and you are interested in our service then please be prepared to reserve your date.

Question: Can we meet you before scheduling our Wedding Ceremony?

Absolutely! An initial face-to-face meeting is mandatory and always scheduled to discuss your wedding needs. Once your decision is made as to what type of service you are wanting then other preparation meetings will be ongoing until your wedding day.

Question: What will the Celebrant wear to perform our Wedding Ceremony?

Depending on where the ceremony will be held the Officiant will dress according to the custom and tradition. Priests normally wear a black suit with a clerical collar along with a stole for wedding ceremonies outside the Church. If the ceremony is performed within the Church setting then the appropriate vesting for Catholic Priest for a wedding within the church will be worn. If you prefer that your Officiant wear more formal or less formal attire when the ceremony is outside the Church, simply let us know in advance and we can discuss this.

Question: How long will the Ceremony last?

Our portion of the Ceremony normally will last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on your desire to have Scripture readings, songs, homily,unity candle and so on.

Question: Can we write our own Wedding vows?

Absolutely! Just let us know in advance. We will advise you and help you with the writing of your vows to each other.

Question: What are our options for a Wedding rehearsal?

Most rehearsals are led by the Wedding venue staff or a Wedding coordinator without the Officiant present. However, if you request in advance, your Officiant will arrive 60 minutes before the ceremony for a walk-thru rehearsal (at no additional charge.) To have your Officiant attend and be present or lead a rehearsal on a day or evening before the ceremony, you will incur an additional fee of $50 for time and travel expenses.

Question: What is the outline of the Wedding Ceremonies you perform?

Each Wedding Ceremony is unique, reflecting the desires of the Bride & Groom. You will be given and outline of a typical ceremony which will give you a general idea of a flow of the Wedding Ceremony. Some couples would like to say "I do!" and be done. Some couples want to speak loving words to each other. Some couples would prefer not to speak at all.

Taking vows in most Wedding Ceremonies includes three sets of vows. The personal vows that the Bride & Groom speak to each other denote their devotion to one another. The formal vows of "I do" where the Bride & Groom state their commitment to each other. The vows said during the ring exchange as the Bride & Groom affirm their love for each other and give each other their first gifts as Husband and Wife, the wedding rings.

Vows speak to the vision of a marriage; they reach beyond the here and now, far beyond the past and into the hereafter for evermore.

Question: Do you perform Civil Unions?

We work with affiliate clergy who will celebrate & solemnize your Civil Union vows depending on your State Law. A Civil Union is a legally recognized union similar to marriage. The first Civil Unions in the United States were offered by the State of Vermont in the year 2000. The Federal Government does not recognize these unions, and under the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act of 1966, other U.S. states are not obliged to recognize them. Civil Unions and registered partnerships are offered in CA, CO, DE, HI, IL, ME, NJ, NV, OR, WA, WI. The states of CT, DC, IA, MA, NH, NY, RI and VT have legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Please check with your state for further information on its Civil Union laws.

Question: How much does the Catholic Wedding Officiants service cost? Is there a Fee Schedule available?

Depending on the type of Wedding Ceremony you're wanting will depend on the fees. We have a basic fee schedule that is available upon request.

Question: Are Catholic Wedding Officiants affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church?

No we are not affiliated with the Church of Rome.  We are the Old Catholic Church.  The term Old Catholic Church originated with groups which separated from the Roman Catholic Church over certain doctrines, most notably that of Papal Infallibility. These churches are not in full communion with the Holy See of Rome, but their Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches is in full communion with the Anglican Communion and a member of the World Council of Churches. Nevertheless, according to Roman Catholic teaching, the Old Catholic churches of the Utrecht Union have maintained apostolic succession and valid sacraments. The formation of the Old Catholic communion of Germans, Austrians and Swiss began in 1870 at a public meeting held in Nuremberg under the leadership of Ignaz von Döllinger, following the First Vatican Council. Four years later episcopal succession was established with the ordination of an Old Catholic German bishop by a prelate of the Church of Utrecht. In line with the "Declaration of Utrecht" of 1889, they accept the first seven ecumenical councils and doctrine formulated before 1054, but reject communion with the pope and a number of other Roman Catholic doctrines and practices.

Old Catholicism values apostolic succession by which they mean both the uninterrupted laying on of hands by bishops through time and the continuation of the whole life of the church community by word and sacrament over the years and ages. Old Catholics consider apostolic succession to be the handing on of belief in which the whole Church is involved. In this process the ministry has a special responsibility and task, caring for the continuation in time of the mission of Jesus Christ and his Apostles.

The Old Catholic Church which, while not existing in perfect communion with the Church of Rome, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Holy Eucharist, and are true particular Churches" as written in the 2000 declaration, Dominus Iesus, of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Old Catholic Church has been a leader of the ecumenical movement, and the Union of Utrecht is engaged in official dialogue with the Vatican in order to address their differences and promote Christian cooperation between the two communions.

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