Congratulations on your engagement and decision to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony.
St Patrick’s Church is a beautiful place in which to be married with its lovely architecture and spiritual ambience complementing the nobility of the couple as they set out in life together. The Sacrament of Matrimony symbolises the couple taking each other by the hand and grasping God by the hand as a companion on the journey of married life.
St. Patrick’s Parish will help you in your preparation to ensure that you make this serious and sacred step in your life a holy and happy one. Spiritual preparation is a key part of this special time. Frequent participation in the sacraments during this time is important, particularly weekly Mass attendance.
The bride and/or groom should be registered members of our parish.
Couples who are not registered members of the Parish but who wish to be married in the church can do so. If the church is free on the desired date, the couple must arrange to have their own priest celebrate the sacrament and to complete their preparations with their own priest in their own parish.
The day and time of the wedding must be arranged in person by the prospective bride and groom themselves as soon as they feel called to marry. Our weddings take place at 1pm on Saturdays and at 2.30pm Monday to Friday. All arrangements should be made at least six months prior to the wedding date and done prior to scheduling the wedding reception. Couples should take care to observe, in good time, all of the requirements of civil law. Please speak to Paula the Parish Secretary and she will keep you right.
All couples must participate in a marriage preparation course. Most couples choose the ACCORD Marriage Preparation Course. Here is a link to that.
You can download the Wedding Application Form by clicking on the image on the right of this page (on desktop) or below (on mobile).
A Prayer for the Family
Lord God, from you every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. Father, you are Love and Life. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.
Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.
Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.
Through Christ Our Lord, who is the Way, the truth and the Life for ever and ever.
(St John Paul II)