Updated: Church Requirements

Called both Lipa Chancery and Xavier Parish this morning and finally steps have been nailed down.

What the Lipa Chancery needs is for us to submit copies of the following:

  1. my Baptismal Certificate
  2. my Confirmation Certificate
  3. Marriage Contract – translated copy attached
  4. Copy of my CENOMAR (certificate of no marriage)
  5. Groom’s Certificate of Singleness – Koseki Tohon (Family Register) and the translated copy will suffice
  6. Certificate of Freedom to Marry for the Groom – Item 5 will suffice since Hubbie is non-practicing Christian
  7. Photocopy of the Groom’s passport

Since I’m now in Manila, they agreed that I can send the copies to them via LBC. They will then assess our papers and if cleared, and granting availability of the priest, they will schedule us for an interview on January 4 (to be confirmed) . Depending on the interview results, they will issue a clearance certificate to Xavier Parish, informing the Parish of the “go signal” for us to marry.

At the same time, I will also send copies of the following to Xavier Parish via LBC:

  1. Marriage Certificate
  2. New Copy of Baptismal Certificate
  3. New Copy of Confirmation Certificate
  4. Name/License No. of Officiating Priest
  5. Name of Sponsors
  6. Wallet size picture

If in case I still don’t have with me Items 4 and 5, no problem with them, says Sally. They will then issue the request for the publication of the wedding banns which I will publish in my hometown in Davao.

Xavier Parish will adjust our Canonical interview schedule depending on our interview schedule with Lipa Chancery, granting availability of Parish Priest. So if our schedule with Lipa Chancery is morning of January 4, they can schedule us on the afternoon of January 4 (to be confirmed).

So happy!

At the time of publication, the following are the helpful contact details of both Lipa Chancery and Xavier Parish:

Lipa Chancery: 6343.7562572; 63917.3545163; Archdiocesan Chancery, Archdiocese of Lipa, Cathedral Site, Lipa City, Batangas; Contact: Ivy P. Vilela

Xavier Parish: 6343.4160564; St. Francis Xavier Parish JP Laurel St. Nasugbu, Batangas 4231; Contact: Sally Dastas

13 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. edzmaya
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 22:55:52

    Hi miss marj! Eds here.
    Was reading your wedding blog. Dami nitty gritty sa wedding preps!
    But your posts are very helpful. 🙂


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Nov 08, 2010 @ 23:02:34

      Thanks for the visit Eds! And it’s nice to know you found it helpful 🙂
      yeah, dami talaga nitty-gritty!! Our case is a bit extra special kasi Hubbie is non-Filipino and non-Catholic. So for your case, no need to go na sa Chancery. yihii! 🙂
      Is this your website? add ko sa blogroll ko huh.


  3. bing
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 16:15:16

    HI! I found ur lingk through w@w. Ur blog is so helpful! I wanna ask, i learned kc na it takes 10 days to process marriage license, kapag ba nag civil marriage na ay d na kailangang mag apply ng marriage license? Will the church accept the marrriage cert in place of a marriage license? Overseas based kc kmi and foreigner ang H2b ko, we will only be home 1 week before.


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Dec 04, 2010 @ 23:40:42

      Hi Bing! Thanks! 🙂
      Yes, for civilly married couples, you don’t need to apply for and submit marriage license anymore. Instead, you will submit an original copy of your marriage certificate. If foreigner si H2B mo and non-Catholic, you may have to go through the same process as we did – that is, have an interview with the Chancery. Depending on the Chancery, i’m not sure though if one week is enough. Maybe you can tell the chancery who holds the church you’re marrying in about your case. Hopefully they’ll understand. 🙂


  4. lala
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 18:39:53

    hi been looking for forums/blogs like this, I’m facing the same situation, my fiancee is from England, and we are planning to get married this year. Just wanna know if the canonical interview should be in person, and could be a phone interview, my Fiancee can only have 2 to 3 weeks vacation leave from work, and I was thinking if the interview can be conducted through phone. Any information you can give will be very much appreciated


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Apr 26, 2012 @ 22:30:53

      Hi! I’m afraid that from what i know, it has to be in person. Where are you getting married? Hopefully the Church you’re marrying in would understand your situation and could work around your schedule. they’re really very understanding once you tell them your predicament. 🙂 Good luck!


      • lala
        Apr 27, 2012 @ 02:31:16

        thanks for immediate reply, so the canonical interview should be conducted first before they give you the permit for the mixed marriage, right?


        • atsushiandmarjorie
          Apr 27, 2012 @ 07:37:38

          Yes, exactly. 🙂 the “interview” was really just a nice chitchat and sort of short backgrounder on our love story, work, how we plan to raise our kids considering different religious backgrounds etc.


  5. Kath
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 09:46:40

    Hi Ms. Marj,

    Your blog has been so helpful! My H2B is also foreigner and all these requirements are making me desperate! Can I know if your spouse was also required to attend pre-cana seminar even if he’s not a Catholic?

    Thanks in advance!


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Jul 01, 2013 @ 11:42:46

      Hi Kath. We’re glad to hear our blog has been of help! I completely understand how it feels when trying to procure/comply with these requirements @_@. But before you know it, you’ll breeze through it pala. 🙂 you’ll meet kind souls along the way who are willing to help. 🙂

      Yes, Atsushi was still required to attend even when he wasn’t Catholic. It was another chance for him to get to know our religion.

      Goodluck and enjoy your preps! 🙂


  6. Carla Ching
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 13:13:28

    Hi Ms. Marj!

    thank you for the info 🙂 I have questions po sana

    1. me and my hubby ( we are married by law) are current residing in Abu Dhabi, pwede dito na namin gawin yung Pre-cana? i-honor ba ng chancery/xavier parish yun?

    2. mejo limited time lang yung leave namin we are scheduled to go home 1 month before our wedding day. enough n kaya yun for cannonical interview, waiting for the result, etc etc?

    3. scheduling for cannonical interview depende po ba priest yun?

    your earliest response and assistance is well appreciated po 🙂


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Jan 18, 2014 @ 23:58:23

      Hi Carla!

      You’re welcome!

      We had our Pre-Cana in Davao. So I think, and I hope, i-honor din ng Xavier Parish if you’ll have yours in Abu Dhabi. If I remember right, I have a friend who had their pre-Cana here in Japan. 🙂

      One month before might be too hectic. But it would really depend on how far along are you already in your preps. If it were me, I wouldn’t have the peace of mind if legal/Church requirements aren’t settled yet. But yeah, I understand you have limited time. Maybe try to accomplish as much as you can na Lang long distance.

      As for the schedule, yes dependent sa priest but of course we also told them when we would be available. They were understanding Naman with our limited sched.

      Goodluck with your preps! And enjoy it to the fullest. 🙂


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