Marriage

“By this sacrament your Grace unites man and woman in an unbreakable bond of love and peace.” (Marriage Rite)

If you have recently become engaged, then we offer our warmest congratulations.

The most important part of the preparation for Marriage in the Catholic Church is truly understanding the sacrament and the lifelong commitment you are making to each other. Please complete a form at the back of the Church, and Fr Kevin will contact you to go through the various stages of preparation and what is required to make a valid marriage.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Remember please give plenty of notice, the earlier the better.  We have many weddings and would wish to accommodate you on the day of your choice.  When we meet with you we will undertake to complete all the paperwork and advise you about Engaged Couples Days; the Order of Service for your Wedding; Flowers; Fees; the Organist and answer any questions you may have.

PLEASE NOTE that a minimum of six months notice is needed for marriage in our Church and a minimum of nine months if you are intending to marry abroad.

FAQs

I’m not Catholic, can I get married in this church?

To be married according to the Rites of the Catholic Church either you or your fiancé must be a member of the Catholic Faith through your Baptism. If you are interested in becoming Catholic, we welcome you to enquire about the faith in our RCIA course.

I’ve been married before, can I get married in this church?

Both you and your fiancé must be FREE to marry which means neither of you have been married before either in a Civil or Religious Ceremony. There are cases (annulments) where an earlier marriage would not have been fully recognised by the Church, and from which you can be dispensed. For further information see http://www.abdiocese.org.uk/Administration/DiocesanTribunal/tribunal02.htm or speak to Fr Kevin. Please note that anyone wishing to become a Catholic first needs to regularise any past marriages that have taken place civilly or in Church.