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Catholic wedding #48747
02/19/02 05:21 PM
02/19/02 05:21 PM
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Posts: 3
San Francisco, CA, USA
74ghiapet Offline OP
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My fiance and I just got engaged and would like to get married in AC on New Year's eve if it's possible. We thought it would be a great way to end and start the year. Can you tell me if a priest will marry us outside the catholic church (on the beach for example)? Can you also tell me a little bit about the catholic churches in town (location, size, occupant capacity)? We are looking at having less than 50 people in attendance and are also checking out places for the reception and lodging as well as looking for a photographer. I am still going through previous posts, so apologies if I'm asking something that's already been addressed previously. Any help you can provide would be appreciated!

Re: Catholic wedding #48748
02/19/02 05:30 PM
02/19/02 05:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 507
Ohio USA
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The Catholic Church of San Pedro is right in the middle of town. You can see it in this composite photo //

Re: Catholic wedding #48749
02/19/02 08:47 PM
02/19/02 08:47 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 181
Austin, TX USA
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Kay Scott took our pictures, and they turned out wonderfully! I would contact Iraida Gonzales ( and have her help you coordinate your wedding.
Good luck!

Re: Catholic wedding #48750
02/20/02 01:28 AM
02/20/02 01:28 AM
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Contact me via e-mail, my wife and I got married in a catholic ceremony a few years ago there in San Pedro. She has a bunch of contact info I'm sure she'd love to pass on to you. Father Murray in Belize City flew out to perform the wedding, he is a wonderful man.

[email protected]

Re: Catholic wedding #48751
02/20/02 08:29 AM
02/20/02 08:29 AM
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I too am getting married on Ambergris Caye. The only place a Catholic priest can marry you is in the church. If you have your heart set on the beach, then the ceremony cannot be done by a Catholic priest.

Re: Catholic wedding #48752
02/20/02 11:42 AM
02/20/02 11:42 AM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 49
San Pedro, Belize
Tinka Offline
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Belize UnderWater Video does above water videos too.. and have a special for weddings.. just send a line to Anta at [email protected] for more details..

Good luck


Re: Catholic wedding #48753
02/20/02 03:21 PM
02/20/02 03:21 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 3
San Francisco, CA, USA
74ghiapet Offline OP
74ghiapet  Offline OP
Thank you all for your replies. Does anyone know what the requirements are for a Catholic wedding there? I've been trying to call the church there, but I can't seem to get a hold of anyone. Perhaps I have the wrong number?

Re: Catholic wedding #48754
02/20/02 05:49 PM
02/20/02 05:49 PM
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Posts: 28
Central Lake, MI
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Try this site for a photographer.... luck & congrats....

Re: Catholic wedding #48755
02/27/02 07:26 PM
02/27/02 07:26 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 3
San Francisco, CA, USA
74ghiapet Offline OP
74ghiapet  Offline OP
Just wanted to give you all an update on this.

It turns out that you can only be married by a priest in a church.

There is one catholic church on the island - I believe it's called San Pedro Catholic Church.

There is no resident priest on the island. I found this out after calling the Holy Redeemer Church in Belize City and speaking to Father Lazarus Augustin (sp?). According to Father Lazarus, there is a priest that flies in weekly from Belize City to say mass on Sundays. He is also the person that generally performs weddings. His name is Father Carl Heumann. I have his contact information if anyone needs it.

In terms of requirements for geting married in a Catholic church, I confirmed this with both priests. The only type of information they require is baptismal certificates issued within six months of your wedding date (cannot be older than that), a letter from your local priest or parish indicating that you have gone through marriage prep, and all other marriage papers that your local parish is preparing on your behalf. Confirmation is highly desirable, but NOT NECESSARY.

Many people have told me that the church requires confirmation and first communion papers, but this is not the case.

Anyway, I thought this might be helpful to couples interested in having a catholic wedding.

Re: Catholic wedding #48756
02/27/02 09:09 PM
02/27/02 09:09 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 70,263
oregon, spr
Marty Online happy

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thanks a lot for the details, much appreciated!

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