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Originally Posted by jbascetta209 View Post

 

goodness, now I'm terrified of Father Quinn. We have been legally married in the states for over 3 years and have a child together. how is he going to be with us?!?!?!

 

oh no, sorry, i don't want to make you nervous. i mean, he got the job done so to speak and let us choose everything for the ceremony. i think he's just a bit direct - nobody else has mentioned any problems! the other thing that stressed us out is that he doesnt reply to any emails and rarely answers the phone. we just did our complete service sheet by ourselves, and then he approved all of the prayers and readings a few days before the wedding. Not sure what we would have done if he'd have vetoed any of them!

 

Honestly it may well have been that my fiance wasn't contrite enough about living together and i guess the whole point of confession is to make amends for sins and demonstrate that youre sorry (so says the anglican about how you catholics do things, im not really sure - we deal with God directly hahaha)

 

I would suggest arriving to your meeting early and make sure ceremony starts on time! though in my defence its quite nervewracking to have 40 missing guests somewhere on a bus in playa del carmen!! ah well, at least i didnt get nervous for my grand entrance to an empty church hahaha

Originally Posted by melissa2014 View Post

 

Sorry to hear about the issues with the preist . That's why I have been asking so many questions regarding the priests . I haven't heard of any truely positive reviews . We've asked our local preist to come with us and he said its a possibility but we need to get approval from our bishop .

Crossing my fingers it actually can happen

thats what we planned to do as our priest here is simply lovely. he's happy, puts people at ease, understood difficulties of a mixed marriage and talked us through them etc....but then he didn't get the permission =(       I think a priest you have a connection with will always be better. Fingers crossed you can get yours to come with you!

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oh no, sorry, i don't want to make you nervous. i mean, he got the job done so to speak and let us choose everything for the ceremony. i think he's just a bit direct - nobody else has mentioned any problems! the other thing that stressed us out is that he doesnt reply to any emails and rarely answers the phone. we just did our complete service sheet by ourselves, and then he approved all of the prayers and readings a few days before the wedding. Not sure what we would have done if he'd have vetoed any of them! Honestly it may well have been that my fiance wasn't contrite enough about living together and i guess the whole point of confession is to make amends for sins and demonstrate that youre sorry (so says the anglican about how you catholics do things, im not really sure - we deal with God directly hahaha) I would suggest arriving to your meeting early and make sure ceremony starts on time! though in my defence its quite nervewracking to have 40 missing guests somewhere on a bus in playa del carmen!! ah well, at least i didnt get nervous for my grand entrance to an empty church hahaha thats what we planned to do as our priest here is simply lovely. he's happy, puts people at ease, understood difficulties of a mixed marriage and talked us through them etc....but then he didn't get the permission =(       I think a priest you have a connection with will always be better. Fingers crossed you can get yours to come with you!
Who didn't you get approval from ? The Mexican roman catholic bishop or your local bishop ? Was the process lengthy ? Did they give you a reason why ? Thanks Melissa

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he spent 3 months saying "ill know next week" and then just suddenly said he didnt get permission and didnt elaborate. honestly not sure what happened, whether he really didn't or just decided not interested in coming

 

I hope it works for you though, frankly no one seems to like the local priests that much!!

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Hello everyone!

I have been working with Priest Bernard Quinn for more than 10 years.  He actually marry me and he is a bit serious and not really a smiling person but is very sweet and nice.

 

I have worked with Priest Hogan as well and never, never had a problem with them.

 

My first suggestion will be to arrange all your paperwork and have it ready, minimum two months in advance.  The local Priests in Playa del Carmen need to have the permission from your Parish and Priest in order to be able to marry you.  If they do not get that permission they will give you problems.

 

My second suggestion will be to be on time on the wedding date.  You have to consider that every Priest has many many marriage ceremonies during the same day and all of them in different Chapels so they have to run in their cars driving from one place to another and if you are late, it will be a nightmare for them.  So you have to be on time if you do not want the mass to be started without your bridal party or to be cut in half because the Priest has to go to hold another wedding somewhere else.

 

Happy planning!

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I'm late to the party but we had Father James officiate our ceremony back in 2010.  He was very good.  A bit serious but the ceremony felt very personal and I felt he really cared and not just going through the motions.  I was in contact with him months before the wedding and talked to him every few weeks leading up to the wedding and he would give me advice and his two cents.

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