Here’s a brief guide to getting married in the Catholic Church. Please consult with one of the priests in our parish for further details.
So where do we start?
At least three months before the planned date of marriage, contact the priest in your local parish where each of you presently live to let him know of your intention to marry and make an appointment to meet him. This may not be the same priest who will celebrate your wedding with you. Book the church in which you hope to get married.
What Paperwork Do I Need to Start Gathering
A new baptismal certificate issued within six months of the proposed date of marriage from the parish of Baptism
Indication of Confirmation (separate certificate if not recorded on baptismal certificate)
Proof of Freedom to Marry
This can be established through your prenuptial enquiry form.
Marriage Preparation Certificate – See your officiating priest. Once you have all these documents, you will then complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form with your priest.
What is a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form?
As part of the pastoral care of the Church for you as an engaged person you will each complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry form with your local priest. The form records when you were received into the Church at Baptism and then Confirmed. It also indicates that you are free to marry and helps identify any special permission that you might need. It also affirms that as a mature adult you understand the nature of marriage and accept the duties and responsibilities of married life. The individually completed forms of the bride and groom are sent to the parish priest of the Church where the wedding is taking place and after the wedding the forms are kept in the parish archive there.
What happens if my situation is particular?
If your situation is particular such as a Catholic marrying somebody from another Christian religious tradition or marrying somebody who is not baptised you should immediately consult with your priest informing him of the special situation.
Civil Requirements – For Marriages in Northern Ireland
The Civil requirements are separate to the Church requirements and need to be fulfilled by all couples intending to get married in Northern Ireland.
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Principal – Mrs Isabel Russell
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Principal – Miss Sheila Devlin
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Parish office is open during the following hours (Closed on bank holidays):
Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Please note Week day Anniversaries Mass times will be celebrated at the 10 am Mass.
Weekend Anniversaries – Please select time of Mass, Month’s Mind and First Anniversary Masses will be celebrated in line with the normal mass schedule.
The death of a family member or loved one brings a sense of grief, loss and change to all our lives. There is need for support during this time of sadness. Our parish team are there to support people who are bereaved.
When the funeral undertaker is contacted by a family regarding the funeral arrangements, they will inform the priests of the parish. The parish priest and a member of the parish team will visit the family to discuss preparations for the Funeral Mass. Funeral Masses are celebrated at a time of the families choosing as we feel as this is a very important time for families (in consultation with cemetery authorities times). The parish has prepared a funeral book which contains readings and prayers to be used at the Mass. This book is given to the family at the first visit by one of the team who can support the family with preparing the funeral Mass.
After the Mass the priest will accompany the family to the graveside and lead the family in the final prayers for the deceased.
Contact can be made with the parish office (028 8676 3490 / 028 8676 3370) to make the necessary arrangements for month’s minds and anniversaries.
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