Many Catholics and some Gesu parishioners who have undergone a civil divorce may believe that they are no longer “in communion” with the Church, and for that reason either avoid taking part in Mass, or attend Mass without receiving the Eucharist.
This is not the case. In fact, it is attempting re-marriage outside of the church after a divorce ending one’s marriage that is the stumbling block to being in communion with the Catholic Church. Divorce alone is not a mortal sin, since at times divorce might be necessary for one’s personal happiness or even that person’s physical or emotional safety.
Annulments are certainly not a “Catholic Divorce.” So what are they? Who needs one? What does an annulment mean, and how might one be obtained?
Join Fr. Vincent on Sunday, May 6 at 11:15 am in the Sacred Heart Room to find some answers to these and other questions about Annulment in the Catholic Church.