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Monday, February 27, 2012

A Guide to Catholic Wedding Preparation in Malaysia

Church requirements

If you intend to conduct your wedding ceremony in a Catholic church, here are some guidelines.

I'm sharing our wedding preparation experience for our wedding in St. Ignatius Church, Kelana Jaya in June 2012.

 

Basics

Either the bride and/or the groom must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic.

If both the bride and groom are Catholics, a full Wedding Mass will be conducted. If only the bride or the groom is a Catholic, a Wedding Service will be conducted.

9 months (at least) before your intended wedding date

  • Go to the parish office to get the Wedding Enrollment form & check if your intended wedding date and time are available.
  • Sign up for the Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC), a 7-week program for couples intending to get married.
6 months before your intended wedding date

Submit your Wedding Enrollment form with:

  • A copy of Baptism certificate by the church where you were baptized.
  • A copy of Confirmation certificate by the church where you were baptized.
  • Recent passport-sized photos: one for each person, to be used in the Banns.
  • A copy of CMPC certificate.
  • A copy of IC of 2 witnesses; one for the bride and one for the groom.
3-4 months before your intended wedding date
  • Arrange with the parish office for Prenuptial Inquiry (PNI).
  • After PNI, proceed to apply for the Civil Registration of Marriages. Refer Legal requirements (Civil Registration of Marriage) below.
1-2 months before your intended wedding date
  • Arrange for a commentator, a lector (reader), and the choir for the Wedding Mass.
  • Prepare your wedding booklet.
  • Arrange for a florist (with the church or external).
  • Arrange for a wedding rehearsal with the sacristan.
1 week before your intended wedding date
  • Provide a copy of your wedding booklet for the priest to review.
  • Wedding rehearsal.

Legal requirements (Civil Registration of Marriage)

Catholics have the option to conduct their Civil Registration of Marriage at Assumption Church, Petaling Jaya.

  • Make an appointment with Jessie at the Assistant Registrar of Marriage's office and she will provide the JPN.KC02 form for you.
  • Set your intended registration date and time with her.
1 month before your intended registration date
  • Fill up the JPN.KC02 form.
  • Prepare one color photograph (32mm x 38mm) against a BLUE background for each person.
  • Prepare photocopies of IC (both bride and groom).
  • Make an appointment to meet the Commissioner of Oath to get their signature. We're getting ours done by Helen Koh (Damansara Uptown). More information here.
  • Visit any Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) branch to get your form certified. If you want to go on a Saturday, only the Putrajaya branch and ibu negeri branches are open. More information here.
  • Prepare photocopies of 2 witnesses' IC (to be brought on the day of registration).
  • Submit the signed and certified form to Jessie, at least 3 weeks before your intended registration day, so that she can put up the Banns.

On the day of registration
  • Witnesses have to be present.
  • There's no strict dress code. The ceremony can be either simple or grand, it's up to you and your spouse.
  • Then, remember to submit a copy of the civil certificate to the church where you've submitted your Wedding Enrollment form a while ago.

Most importantly, enjoy grace in the process. These priceless experiences bring you closer to your spouse and to God too.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Joyce,
    I am trying to get in touch with the Registra Office at Assumption Church, but failed. Do you know what time the office is open?
    You mentioned that Jessie is in charge? Is she still in charge of this? Can I have her contact please? Thanks.

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  2. Hi JC,

    Can you drop me an email at etsukojlee@gmail.com? I can reply your inquiries via email.

    Cheers,
    Joyce

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  3. I did not know there were so many processes to go through just to have a Catholic wedding. Thank you for sharing! This is very informative!

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  4. No worries. I do hope more future Catholic brides will be aware of the procedures. It's a once in a lifetime experience. :)

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  5. Thanks for this very interesting topic.Am 6 months pregnant and am planning to have catholic wedding ceremony.Is it possible to make it up before my D-Day?
    Please advise..

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    1. Hi there,

      For your case, I think it's better for you and your fiance to consult your parish priest for advice.

      Thanks.

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  6. Hi Joyce,
    My partner n I are planning to get married end of this year. I'm a catholic but My partner is a non-catholic. Is it possible to do the marriage registration and the church wedding on the same day at the church? I was told by my parents that the church does not conduct any weddings in December & i don't understand why. Appreciate your advise. Thanks! Angie

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    1. Hi Angie, if I'm not mistaken, currently in Klang Valley, civil marriage registration (signing) can only be done at the Assumption Catholic Church.

      About doing both registration and wedding ceremony on the same day, I'd suggest you call up the church's Parish office for information. They will be able to connect you to the correct person.

      About the month December, the church is preparing for the new Advent year and Christmas.

      Hope my explanation helps.

      Good luck!

      Joyce

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  7. Wow, super informative! Interesting read! =)
    Thank you!

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  8. Your info is very helpful ....I want to get marry for Catholic Wedding Services since I m not catholic but my GF is......she is now 3 months pregnant n she is from Philippines.....is it difficult to get register here? otherwise we plan to get marry at Philippines.....

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    1. Hi there,

      For your case, I think it's better for you and your fiancee to consult your parish priest for advice if you want to conduct a wedding in the church.

      Thanks.

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