Having your Marriage "Blessed"
Convalidation is the process by which a couple married in the eyes of civil law but not Church law "makes things right." The situation can arise from all kinds of circumstances, but the long and short of the matter is that if a couple is not married in the eyes of the Church, they are living publicly in sin.
The process may be very simple. Perhaps two Catholics simply chose to get married by a judge because they never knew that was a problem. Perhaps a Catholic divorced and remarried and that first spouse died. Perhaps a Catholic divorced and remarried without seeking an annulment and now that annulment has been granted. In a circumstance where both parties are "free to marry," convalidation is as simple as a few meetings with one of our clergy and a small ceremony in the Church.
In more complex cases where one party is not "free to marry" for any number of reasons, more effort may be required. An annulment may be needed. Perhaps one spouse has obligations associated with children from a previous marriage.
Regardless of the complexity or simplicity of a case, the entire process begins with an entirely confidential meeting with one of our clergy. Now is the acceptable time as the scriptures say to get right with the Lord. Come and find out what it's going to take to get you back to Holy Communion.