The Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage)
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601
The Sacrament of Marriage is a very special occasion in the life of any family and parish community, and is, of course, a central act in the lives of the bride and bridegroom when they publicly confess their love for one another and join themselves together for life. They do this in the form of a sacramental act, in the presence of their loved-ones, the Church and her Minister.
In order to prepare for the celebration of this Sacrament, the Church asks those intending marriage to undertake some course of preparation to help them prepare spiritually and practically for their wedding. At Saint Patrick’s the formal preparation takes place in January or February, led by a married couple who are very experienced in preparing couples for Marriage. Couples may also attend another approved course, such as those provided by ACCORD.
If you wish to be married in Saint Patrick’s, please contact any of the priests or the parish secretary (usually in person) to make sure the date you want is free. At least three months notice is required.
If you are resident outside the parish and wish to be married here, you may be asked to arrange for a priest from your own parish to officiate at the ceremony and for a donation for the use of the Church.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.