GETTING MARRIED AT
YOU NEED TO DO.
In order to be married at Our Lady’s, one of the
engaged couple has to be a baptised catholic, and neither party can have been
married before-in any church or a registrars office. If either party has an
annulment needs to be obtained-see the Parish Priest for information on this.
An appointment needs to be made with the Parish
Priest - Fr. Matthew Carney on 01432 265177, and an interview with him
arranged. Or by e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
A Marriage preparation course needs to be
attended-this will consist of at least two sessions, usually held on a Saturday
afternoon. These are run every year between April and July. The Parish Priest
will give you details of the course.
During this course all the necessary documentation
will be filled in-this requires the baptismal and confirmation certificates
from the catholic party and also the baptismal certificate from the
Notice of your intention to marry needs to be given
to the registrar of marriages in Hereford. This cannot be done until three
months before the wedding-but you need to see the registrar before this to sort
out any residency requirements.
The Catholic Party needs to be obtain letters of
freedom from any Catholic Parish they have lived in, for greater than six
months, as an adult.
If the Catholic party is not resident in the Parish
of Our Lady’s, they need to see and obtain the permission to marry from the
Parish Priest in whose Catholic Parish they live.
There is a cost for being married at St. Begh’s-the
basic contribution asked for is £150. There is an additional fee of £50 for us
undertaking the civil registration of your wedding. Any permission or
dispensation required will also incur a separate fee.
YOUR WEDDING SERVICE.
You have a
basic choice regarding your wedding, between a wedding service or a full
Nuptial mass. The difference is that a wedding service is not a mass, although
it can include the distribution of Holy Communion. A wedding service is a
shorter service and includes readings, hymns, the exchange of vows and the
nuptial blessing. A nuptial mass is a traditional catholic mass with the
exchange of vows taking place after the sermon. It is entirely the choice of
each couple whether they have a service or mass. The wedding preparation course
will include time spent going through the service.
kind of service you choose we can give you a lot of help. Fr. Matthew can give
a full list and copies of the scripture readings that can be chosen at a
service. Please note that only biblical readings can be chosen
following is a list of organists who are willing to play for weddings at St.
Begh’s. It is your responsibility to book an organist and to pay the required
fee. Please do though remember that only sacred music is allowed for weddings by
the laws of the Catholic Church. Fr. Matthew can provide hymn books and also
lists of suitable wedding marches etc.
We can show you copies of service booklets
that previous couples have produced to give you an idea of what other couples
have produced and the kind of music and readings they have had. It may be
possible to help in the production of a order of service, that is a proof copy
which can then be taken to a printer to
be printed from - please contact Fr. Matthew.
Please make your own arrangements for flowers
with whatever florist you choose, although do let the florists know that they
need to ring Fr. Matthew in advance in
order to gain entrance to the Church.