Jesus said, "From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide. " Mark 10:6-9
Human love is a reflection of God’s love, and is blessed and consecrated by God in the Sacrament of Marriage.
If you have decided to marry, mention it at the end of Sunday Mass and arrangements will be made to begin the necessary preparations. This should be at least six months before the proposed date.
Preparations will include checking that both parties are free to marry in Church, as well as obtaining necessary dispensations if one party is not a Catholic. (If one person has been married before, this will need to be investigated. If one is not a Catholic, the Catholic upbringing of any children has to be assured.)
Church Law requires that couples be adequately prepared for marriage, and this preparation can take a variety of forms. It usually focuses on the nature and complexities of the married relationship and allows the couple to look at issues they might not have discussed. It will also cover the Church’s teaching on marriage.
The Church documentation for the wedding will require that if you were baptised elsewhere, you will need to obtain a new Certificate of Baptism (dated within the six months prior to the wedding) from the parish in which you were baptised. We can help find addresses or phone numbers if needed.
Civil Law requires that you contact the local Registrar to provide the Marriage Schedule for the wedding, without which no wedding ceremony can take place.
To avoid errors, Orders of Service should not be printed before consulting the priest and the organist.