If you as a couple have married outside the Church and now wish to have your marriage validated (blessed), your understanding and appreciation of the sacrament you are entering will be deepened through marriage preparation. Therefore, the Diocese of Superior requires that couples approaching the Church for validation of their marriage must participate in an appropriate marriage preparation process before the marriage is validated.
The spiritual benefits of convalidation are obvious. Catholics can approach the altar with peace of heart and mind, knowing that they are coming back into full communion and are once again are welcome to partake in the reception of the Eucharist.
Occasionally it happens that one spouse does not wish to participate in a convalidation ceremony, considering in his or her own mind that the marriage is already valid because the two have publicly exchanged their mutual consent previously. In such cases, the Church can recognize the marriage on paper in what is known as sanatio in radice, which means “healing in the root.” The necessary documents are assembled and the diocesan bishop proclaims in writing that the union is indeed valid.