For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to
his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
The Church delights when it has the opportunity to celebrate and bless marriage covenants made by its members.
The Sacrament of Marriage celebrates the love and friendship between a man and a woman. It gives the couple the grace to grow into a union of heart and soul, to provide stability for themselves and their children. Children are the fruit and bond of a marriage. The bond of marriage between a man and a woman lasts all the days of their lives, and the form of the rite consists of the mutual exchange of vows by a couple, both of whom have been baptized.
The bond is compared to God’s undying love for Israel in the Old Testament, and Christ’s love for his Church in the New Testament.
The Archdiocese puts out a splendid pamphlet called ‘Getting Married’ for those preparing for marriage, copies of which are in the pamphlet stand in the foyer of the church.
It is best to contact the Parish Priest before making significant arrangements relating to the marriage ceremony. Certain requirements are laid down of those who want to have their marriage blessed by the Church. These requirements are best addressed in a personal interview with the couple asking to get married.
If you would like to look at the possibility of a Catholic marriage, please contact the Parish Priest at least six months before the proposed date of the wedding. He will make an appointment to spend an hour or so with you and will discuss the requirements and explain the preparation programme. The marriage ceremony is normally conducted in the Church building.
For more details see the section on Marriage Preparation