The Sacrament of Marriage joins a man and woman together in a loving covenant with God. A marriage in the Catholic Church is permanent, exclusive, open to the possibility of having children and raising them within the Church. Catholics believe that marriage is a gift from God, as Jesus was united with his bride, the Church, and therefore husband and wife should grow together in love and trust.
What if my partner is not a Catholic?
A Baptised Catholic is free to marry a baptised Christian of another denomination, with a dispensation from his or her priest. The Catholic partner is asked to commit themselves to do their best to maintain their catholic faith, and to pass on the faith to their children.
What if my partner is not a Christian?
With a dispensation from the Bishop, a Baptised Catholic is free to marry a person who has not been baptised or belongs to anther religion. The Catholic partner is asked to commit themselves to do their best to maintain their catholic faith, and to pass on the faith to their children. The priest who prepares you for marriage can arrange the dispensation.
What happens if I am divorced?
The Church recognises that despite best efforts, some marriages fail. The reasons for this are often very complex and the Church appreciates the pain and anguish the ending of a marriage can cause. Please approach one of the clergy if you are in this situation who can offer pastoral support and guidance.
You may decide to apply to the Church for an ‘annulment’ of your marriage. After investigation of the circumstances of the marriage and what happened in the breakdown of the relationship, the Church can declare a marriage ‘null’. This means it was not a true marriage with full freedom and commitment on both sides at the time of the wedding. When this is given, the person may then marry in the Catholic Church.
How can I arrange to be married?
Please speak with one of the clergy before or after Mass, who will begin making arrangements with you.
How much does it cost to be married in Church?
Sacraments are celebrations of the love of God in our lives, which is always a free gift we can never earn or buy.
However the Church building needs to be maintained, lit, and heated for the ceremony, and all year round to be there for when you want it for your wedding.
Also the people who make the wedding, musicians, florists, Registrar, and the priest or deacon all give of their time, talents and qualifications, at the service and before. Some, such as the Registrar or the organist, have their regular scale of charges of which they will inform you.
If you would like to find out more about being Married at St Mary’s then contact us
Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication
214.What is the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage?
The Sacrament of Marriage is a sign of the union between Christ and the Church. Spouses are given the grace to love each other with the love by which Christ has loved the Church. The grace of the Sacrament is intended to perfect the couple’s love to strengthen their insoluble union and to sanctify them in their journey to God.