Terms and Conditions

Ave Maria Singles is a registered individual corporation that provides an online community for Catholics who want to get in contact with other like-minded people. This communication takes place on the Internet via the server leased by Ave Maria Singles. The Ave Maria Singles platform offers a search function, messaging inboxes and the possibility of online discussions for all members. 

Par. 1 Application of Terms and Conditions / Privacy Protection

The following terms and conditions apply for all areas of operation of Ave Maria Singles. The offers and services of Ave Maria Singles to its members are exclusively carried out on the basis of these general terms and conditions. Advertised events and trips are not organized by Ave Maria Singles, but by individual organizers. In the case of participation, the terms and conditions of each individual organizer apply.

By filling out the respective form, the member irrevocably agrees to the saving of provided data in the member database of Ave Maria Singles, as well as the disclosure of this provided data under the following conditions. Personal Data of every member is kept secret, and will only be disclosed on the member’s profile form. The member, for his part, agrees to not to use his membership for commercial purposes, and affirms that he will only use his membership for the purposes intended by Ave Maria Singles (finding a partner). A membership initiated with any commercial intent is not acceptable.  

Par. 2 Membership Contract

It is the requirement for each member in Ave Maria Singles to agree to the membership contract on the basis of these terms and conditions. 

Eligible for membership are all natural persons. Membership is limited to people over 18 years of age. By filling out and submitting the forms (online, and in exceptional cases via fax, mail, or email), the member agrees to the terms of the membership contract. Only with the publication of the data that the member wishes to disclose on the community pages of Ave Maria Singles, and through the connection to the full range of activities, does Ave Maria Singles declare the acceptance of a membership contract. 

In order for a valid membership to be secured, personal data needs to be truthfully submitted. A violation of this paragraph can lead to exclusion and suspension of a member on Ave Maria Singles.

The connection to the full range of activities is established after the receipt of payment by the member, and only for the paid time frame. Until payment has been made, a membership contract is not established, and no action can be taken against Ave Maria Singles.

Par. 3 Prices / Change in Prices

All services of Ave Maria Singles, the membership fee, as well as potential price reductions and discounts, are made in accordance with the respective valid price lists.

Membership fees are charged in advance. Costs of back posting in the automatic debit transfer system goes to the expense of the member. The same goes for costs which are created by the rejection of the payment by credit card companies.

The member is only entitled to compensation if a counter claim is established as uncontested or legally binding.

Par. 4 Special Terms of Membership / Terms of Use

Ave Maria Singles maintains the right to check the correctness of the data provided by the members, though it is not obligated to do so. The member has the sole responsibility for the legal innocuousness of his uploaded date and his communications within Ave Maria Singles. In the interest of the member community, insults, sexually explicit material, displays of violence, personal threats, discriminating material, or statements that transgress good manners or the intentions of Ave Maria Singles, or accounts with derogatory reference to race, sex, nationality, disability, age, etc., or otherwise material that violates effective law, is not permitted. This is also valid for shared links to webpages with offending material, for which the member is responsible. The member is fully responsible for his actions and his handling of rights of third parties. This is especially valid also for the consideration of intellectual or industrial rights of third parties. The member has to keep Ave Maria Singles free from all claims that third parties make against Ave Maria Singles because of the member's action or omission in the previously mentioned area of the member's responsibility - be this justified or unjustified. With regard to the interests of the member community, as well as legal requirements, Ave Maria Singles maintains the right to reject a member without further indication of reasons, if he is suspected of having violated the preceding rules. Ave Maria Singles can terminate the membership contract without notice, as well as to partly or fully delete the member's entries in the database. The transmission of data (direct mail, emails, faxes of other members, etc.) through Ave Maria Singles is exclusively carried out to the concerned member. Any transmission, publication or commercial use of data transmitted by Ave Maria Singles to third parties, especially those that affect other members, is forbidden. 

Par. 5 Cancellation

A cancellation before the expiration of the agreed time period is not taken into consideration, except if a member demands an early termination of his membership, or Ave Maria Singles cancels the contact unilaterally because a member acts against the good customs or the basic rules of Ave Maria Singles. The membership fee does not need to be refunded in the event of early termination.

 

Par. 6 Procedure / Responsibility

The exact membership procedure results from the user instructions on the Ave Maria Singles web pages. Ave Maria Singles merely provides the agreed communication mediums, and cannot assume full responsibility for the behavior of its members, nor oversee a successful mediation between members, respectively. 

 

Par. 7 Texts / Pictures / Photos / Sounds

The member ensures that the texts, pictures, photos, video footage and sound recordings (in short texts & data) imparted by him are free of legal third parties who could be opposed to a publication or other usage in the context of Ave Maria Singles. By transmittal or upload, respectively, the transmitting member agrees to the publication of these texts & data in the context of Ave Maria Singles on the Internet and through other media. The member can revoke this agreement anytime through written notice. Ave Maria Singles will then immediately delete texts & data that are affected by this revocation. The member is liable for the content of his transmitted texts & data. These are excluded from publication if they violate valid law, the terms of use of Ave Maria Singles, or general good customs of behavior. In the interest of the member community concerning the publication of transmitted texts & data, Ave Maria Singles maintains the right to monitor such communications, and remove them, if necessary.

Par. 8 Advertisement / Marketing

The member gives his consent that all material submitted by him will be saved and utilized exclusively for the internal use of Ave Maria Singles. Provided that the member did not explicitly allow it, personal data will not be passed on to third parties. The member agrees to receive newsletters and regular communications from Ave Maria Singles.   

Par. 9 Commercial Use

Every unauthorized commercial use of the offers and services provided by Ave Maria Singles is not permissible and will be prosecuted. Reference to products and services of third parties, regardless of their commercial or private nature, is not permissible. All communications and other material submitted on the site by members needs to be private and personal in nature, which means they are not allowed to have the aim of achieving material gain. In the case of commercial or otherwise unauthorized material, Ave Maria Singles maintains the right to delete these, and to enforce compensation. The enforcement of this compensation leaves all further rights of Ave Maria Singles untouched. The published data of members in Ave Maria Singles is not allowed to be used for any purpose other than purely private contact. Such a violation (e.g. for the purpose of advertising or business interests) will be prosecuted immediately with criminal proceedings. 

Par. 10 Technical Equipment

The costs for the equipment (computer, software, modem etc.), which enable access to the services of Ave Maria Singles, are exclusively to be covered by the member. The same goes for the telecommunication fees that are created by its use. 

 

Par. 11 Disclaimer

Ave Maria Singles does not guarantee the correctness of data published or transmitted by other members. Due to the fact that Ave Maria Singles, outside of the Ave Maria Singles server, does not have influence on the transport of data over the Internet, and due to the character and the insecurities of the Internet, Ave Maria Singles cannot be held liable for lost or falsified data, nor can Ave Maria Singles be held liable for other errors of data transmission which lie outside of the Ave Maria Singles server.

Ave Maria Singles endeavors to provide the widest possible availability of its services over the Internet, but cannot guarantee irreproachable availability for technical reasons (server backup, maintenance, etc.). Interruption of operation is possible. Respectively, liability cannot be assumed for damages which arise from a temporary unavailability or only a limited availability. Ave Maria Singles expects an availability of at least 90% for its services on an annual average. Excluded from this are times when the web server cannot be reached due to technical or other problems that are not in Ave Maria Singles’ area of expertise or control (as in the negligence of a third party). It is the duty of Ave Maria Singles to survey and attend to the data of its members, being diligent in protecting that data while using up-to-date technology. Ave Maria Singles, however, cannot guarantee the accomplishment of finding a suitable marriage partner for each member.  

Each other liability of Ave Maria Singles, regardless of its legal ground, is limited to the amount of the actual fees paid to date by the respective person who demands regress. Other claims for compensation are excluded, provided that they were not deliberately or with gross negligence caused by the staff of Ave Maria Singles. This also includes the liability of material and immaterial (consequential) damages that result from faulty transmission of data due to accident or technical failures.

Untouched from the preceding liability exclusion, as well as the limitation of liability, remain the liability for the damages of the violation of life, the body or health, that are based on a negligent breach of duty of Ave Maria Singles, or an intentional or negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or assistant, as well as for other damages that are based on a grossly negligent breach of duty of Ave Maria Singles, or an intentional or negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or assistant of Ave Maria Singles. 

Par. 12 Liability of Members

By the transmission of data the member ensures the correctness of all his provided information. The member is liable towards Ave Maria Singles, as well as towards affected third parties, for all damages that are caused by the submission of false or adulterated data. The member is liable for all damages that are caused by the unauthorized transmission of data communicated by him. 

Par. 13 Liability for Links

Ave Maria Singles explicitly dissociates itself from the contents of linked pages or graphics, and does not appropriate these in any case. All transgressions of applicable law, the terms of use and the orientation of Ave Maria Singles (cl. Par. 4 of these terms of use), or that of good custom, which are brought to Ave Maria Singles’ attention, will result in the immediate deletion of links, entries, graphics, etc., or have consequences of a similar manner. We ask you to remember that we are occasionally, and merely at random times, in a position to do inspections and monitor activity in the community, and therefore, we are dependent on your assistance and cooperation for the preservation of the seriousness of our community, and the services offered herein. 

 

Par. 14. Subsidiary Agreements, Legal Validity of Terms of Use

Subsidiary agreements and supplemental contracts need to be made in writing to be effective. Should a regulation of these terms of use be or become ineffective, this does not alter the effectiveness of the other regulations. The ineffective or nonexistent regulation is rather to be replaced by one that is closest to it economically and legally.  

The existing terms of use are explicitly and bindingly acknowledged with the transmission of the member's personal application to Ave Maria Singles, and are incorporated into the member's contract by activation. 

New versions of the terms of use are indicated separately, and are clearly visible on the Ave Maria Singles website. They are acknowledged and become incorporated into the contract, provided that the member does not object in writing within 4 weeks. The member obliges himself to pay attention to corresponding indications regularly, and to take note of newer versions, provided that he has submitted his application for membership. 

Par. 15 Events

In the event of cancellation of a valid registration for an event hosted by Ave Maria Singles, which is liable for costs, cancellation fees may be charged.  

 

Par. 16 Announcement of Events

Ave Maria Singles is glad to announce events that are interesting for Catholic partner-seeking people within the events Calendar on the homepage, and on the dates page when you log in to your account. Ave Maria Singles does not assume any responsibility for events that are not organized by Ave Maria Singles itself. Events with a charitable purpose will continue to be advertised free of charge, with the request to provide a link in return. Ave Maria Singles reserves the right to announce events with a profit motive, on the condition of an appropriate compensation in return.      

Par. 17 Place of Jurisdiction/ Applicable Law

The place of jurisdiction is Delaware.

In the legal relationship between a member and Ave Maria Singles, the jurisdiction of the State of Delaware is exclusively applicable.   

Email:  support(at)avemariasingles.com

The existing terms of use come into effect as of 7/1/2020 until further notice.

 

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