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PENAMPANG – Eighteen long-time married couples convalidated their marriages on 26 Sept 2017 at St Michael’s Church here.
Father Wiandigool Runsab, the assistant pastor, officiated the convalidation ceremony.
“We have been married for 29 years with five children, and now expecting a grandchild. As a Catholic, I am very happy because we have finally convalidated our marriage in the Church. It has been my longing to receive the Body of Jesus Christ again. My husband is now a catechumen in the RCIA class,” said Laminin Tambaukung, 53, after the ceremony. Her husband, Indom Baulon, is 67 years old.
Jidi Suhai, 46, said, “I am so happy because I can now receive Holy Communion. For 19 years I was not able to receive the Body of Christ. Thanks to God and to the teachers who guided us towards this blessing.” He has been married to Rozi Marius, 42, for 21 years with seven children.
The process towards marriage convalidation is facilitated by the Penampang Parish Pastoral Committee on Family Life. It includes talks and seminars where couples are led to understand the Christian marriage, the roles of husbands and wives, effective communication, spiritual healing in marriage, and building up the family for God.
Canon law – the law of the Church – requires that Catholics enter into marriage by free mutual consent that is witnessed in a church by an authorised bishop, priest, or deacon and at least two other witnesses. Marriages in which one or both parties are Catholic and which are not witnessed by an authorised bishop, priest, or deacon, or which do not receive proper permission to take place in another forum, are considered invalid in the eyes of the Church. – Soccom Penampang