Annulment

Support Ministry

Our Purpose

The Annulment Support Ministry provides information about the annulment process and supports those desiring to petition for the nullification of a previous marriage. 

Who Is This Ministry For?
  • Persons with questions about Catholic teachings after a civil divorce

  • Anyone seeking information about the annulment process

  • Witnesses for those seeking annulments

  • Civilly married couples who would like their marriage “blessed” by the Church­­­­­­­

Common Myths
  • It will make my children illegitimate

  • They will ask prying questions about my sex life

  • It costs too much 

  • It's just a Catholic divorce 

  • It takes too long 

  • My ex-spouse will never agree to it 

  • I'm excommunicated because I'm divorced without annulment

  • Only Catholic marriages need to be annulled

  • Whether you get one depends on who you know

  • If children were born in the marriage, it cannot be annulled

  • Annulments dredge up the past, causing undue pain for all involved

  • An annulment means the marriage never took place

 
Benefits

 

Personal Healing

Unlike a civil divorce, the annulment process addresses the spiritual aspects of the breakup; allowing the petitioner to gain insights about themselves and their former spouse. True forgiveness and closure replace the anger and faultfinding prevalent in the divorce proceedings.

 

Freedom to Marry

For those considering remarriage, it is essential to begin the process, for without it, marriage in the Catholic Church in not possible.  By waiting too long memories can fade and contact with an essential witness may be lost.

 

Access to the Sacraments

For those who have remarried outside the Catholic Church, a return to Christ in the Sacraments will provide a rebirth; offering a powerful experience of His love and mercy.

 

Justification

Some divorced Catholics may find it hard to consider applying for an annulment because of the belief from Sacred Scriptures about the permanence of marriage.  Please come and learn more about the true sacramental nature of marriage and the provisions made in Canon Law that may show a marriage was actually not sacramentally valid.

Learn More

Informational Workshops

The Annulment Support Ministry hosts a workshop, clarifying several myths associated with divorce and the Church.   In addition, follow-up support is available by ministry volunteers during the petitioning process.

 

Knowledgeable Volunteers

Our team of volunteers, serve as Support Facilitators, and we believe first-hand witnessing can be very helpful to the mission of the ministry.  Having gone through the petitioning process themselves, they are better able to understand the tasks and emotions involved for both English and Spanish speaking individuals. 

 

For more information contact:

 

Joe Tejeda (559) 303-9647

or

Ruthann Parlier in the Parish Office (559) 734-9522

Parish Office
506 N. Garden St.
Visalia, CA  93291

(559) 734-9522
(559) 734-3435 FAX

 

Office Hours

MONDAY-FRIDAY

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed for Lunch:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

SATURDAYS
9:00 AM - Noon

We encourage you to contact us with a question or a suggestion, please call our Parish Office listed above or submit a comment form. We will process your request promptly. Thank you and God bless.

 

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