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One of the important responsibilities of the Catholic Church is the pastoral care of the family and the protection of the bond, which binds the family together. 

Central to the responsibility is proclaiming the sanctity and permanence of marriage. While carefully protecting the teaching of Jesus on marriage and its indissolubility, the Church also recognizes that many marriages today end in the tragedy of divorce. Yet, for many of these people their faith and their Church remain important to them. Nor does the Church abandon them.

In its pastoral concern, the Church provides an ecclesiastical tribunal whose function is to evaluate the validity of the failed marriage in the light of Scripture, Tradition, and Church law. In many cases, the Church is able to grant a Decree of Invalidity (annulment). This process helps heal the anger and disappointment with one’s self and with one’s former spouse. It often brings closure to the hurtful memories. It frees a Catholic to marry again or to have a second marriage convalidated by the Church, thus restoring the Catholic to the full sacramental life of the Church.

Remembering that the ministry of Jesus was one of healing and reconciliation, the Tribunal is ever mindful of its call to continue that ministry to all who seek its help.

The Diocese of Sacramento has an excellent Tribunal staff. It deals with people with the greatest of confidentiality, as well as with compassion and understanding. Through years of experience, they are competent to assist you. Please feel free to contact them.




Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Elk Grove (download flyer)


Father Mark Richards, JCL, Judicial Vicar and Cheryl M. Tholcke, Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery present an overview of the marriage nullity (annulment) process with time for questions and answers. Time is also alotted for participants to ask questions privately with the presenters or with an approved Parish Advocate. See flyer for details.




Dates: September 19-21, 2017

Location: Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights


Participants must have attended the Introductory Training Program to be eligible to attend this program. All Parish Advocates must be approved by their pastor/parochial administrator. Questions? Contact Cheryl Tholcke, 916-733-0231 or

The registration form and proposed schedule will be posted July 1, 2017.

December 8, 2015



Letter from the Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery and Judicial Vicar


September 15, 2015


Regarding POPE FRANCIS - Mitis Iudex, Dominus Iesus

Letter from the Judicial Vicar and Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery