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Pre-Marriage Course in Poland

polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #1
Hi All,

Would like to know if anyone knows anything about the course's that you have to do,before getting married in the Church.Is their a cost for this?I am South African and my wife is Polish.We have married in South Africa in the register office and would like to marry in a church in Poland.

Any help would be great.

Sparky359 6 | 46  
4 Jan 2009 /  #2
Hey Polsa,

My Polish fiancee and I intend to marry in Poland in June, and we attended a marriage preperation course in our local Catholic church here in the UK. It took one Saturday and cost £30 to get the certificate to complete our paperwork.

Hope this helps
OP polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #3
Hi Sparky,

Thanks for your reply.If u dont mind,would u be able to tell me what church you went to ,for this.We are based in London and have been told by the church, that we have to attend a 6week course.We are married already,both baptised.Just want to have the ceremony and the whole occassion in a church.

Sparky359 6 | 46  
4 Jan 2009 /  #4
Hey mate,

6 weeks??........don't know what the hell all that is about? My finacee told me that 6 weeks is the norm to do the course in Poland, but we went to St.Edmunds Catholic Church in Southampton, and attended a day course which we were told would be fine in order to submit the certificate to the Polish parish priest.
OP polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #5
By any chance,did you go to a Polish Catholic Church??And what did the Polish Priest in Poland require from you,in order for you to get married in Poland?

welshguyinpola 23 | 463  
4 Jan 2009 /  #6
I got married in Poland and I attended no course, my wife did. I didnt even need to profess a faith as a catholic.
OP polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #7
Hi Welshguy,

Was your marriage a one way marriage,where your wife was the only one that got asked to declare her commitment eg Do u take.... to be your husband etc?
Sparky359 6 | 46  
4 Jan 2009 /  #8
no, it was an English Catholic church here in Southampton. Attending the course was one part of the process, as I am Protestant and my fiancee Catholic, we had to complete an application form with the Priest which contained such questions for my finacee such as we agree that our future children will be baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith etc.

This all the went to the Bishop in Portsmouth who sent it to the area Bishop in Poland and which then gets filtered down to the Parish Priest in my fiancees hometown.
OP polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #9
Cheers for that.There are so many different views and rules from priest to priest etc.Did all this put you out of pocket for the filtering,because they seem to have a habit of wanting more money in poland out of marriage eg birth certificates and baptism certificates not longer than 3mths old etc
Sparky359 6 | 46  
4 Jan 2009 /  #10
Yeah, my finacee told me that the priest will probably be a bit pissed (not literally)at the idea that we got everything sorted our end as he would have charged a fee for sorting the documents had we gone through him intially, but who knows how much.

still got to pay the normal fee for the service and use of the church etc 400 - 550 zl................I think.
OP polsa 1 | 5  
4 Jan 2009 /  #11
Thanks for your help and time.Think we going to have to ask around,church to church to see what there requirements are.Want this to be smooth as possible,dont need the added pressure.


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