Marriage is one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church and is the only one where the participants are the ministers. For any couple the decision to marry is a life-changing step. In the Sacrament of Matrimony they are inviting God to break into their relationship as a helper and a guide. The gift of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of the sacrament will be a support throughout their lives, in times of joy and times of trial.
Couples planning to marry should make an appointment to see the Parish Priest at least six months before the proposed wedding date, as a great deal of administration must be completed before a Catholic marriage can take place.
All couples must attend a pre-marriage preparation course and receive certification from this. It is run by Deacon Crispin Walkling-Lea of Holy Cross Church. Email: [email protected] or Telephone: 07941-884645
The course focus on the couples’ relationship and their hopes, give an understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony and a deeper awareness of their future, life-long, commitment.
A donation to the parish is usually given by the couple.