‘God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be “no longer two but one” (Matthew 19:6) In this way they are to live in love, be fruitful and thus become a sign of God Himself, who is nothing but overflowing love’ Catechism of the Catholic Church – Reference [1601-1605]
In the Catholic Church, Marriage is more than a natural institution; it was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), to be one of the seven Sacraments. A marriage between two Christians, therefore, has a supernatural element as well as a natural one. While few Christians outside of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches regard marriage as a Sacrament, the Catholic Church insists that marriage between any two baptized Christians, as long as it is entered into with the intention to contract a true marriage, is a Sacrament.
The effect of the Sacrament is an increase in sanctifying grace for the spouses, a participation in the divine life of God Himself. This sanctifying grace helps each spouse to help the other advance in holiness, and it helps them together to cooperate in God’s plan of redemption by raising up children in the Faith.
In this way, Sacramental marriage is more than a union of a man and a woman; it is, in fact, a type and symbol of the divine union between Christ, the Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride. As married Christians, open to the creation of new life and committed to our mutual salvation, we participate not only in God’s creative act but in the redemptive act of Christ.
As a parish there are certain documents we require for those who wish to marry in the Church.
1. A Baptism cert
2. A Confirmation cert
3. Letter of freedom (from the Parish Priest) Download a sample copy here
4. If one of the parties is not from the Catholic Church a letter from the Archbishop will be required.
A pre- nuptial interview with a priest in the parish will also be required. In that interview a document is filled in and signed called the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry.
Download a template for your wedding booklet here
To ensure you will be compliant with all civil requirements for marriage please follow this link.
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