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Preparing for Marriage


The Sacrament of Matrimony, or Marriage, is a unique sacrament because it is the man and the woman that mutually administer the sacrament upon each other in the presence of a priest or deacon and other witnesses.

Marriage is a sacred covenant before God; a public promise made by the husband and the wife to be true to each other until death parts them. In order for a marriage to be valid, the couple must be entering into the covenant out of their own free will, without fear or coercion. They are also asked to honour and be true to each other for the rest of their lives, as well as to accept with openness children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and His Church.

The decision to get married is one to be celebrated, but not one to be taken lightly. Beyond the planning for the wedding ceremony, the Church wants to prepare you for a lifelong journey together and ensure that you are both entering into the commitment freely and seriously. Consequently, couples will be required to have on average six meetings with a priest before the wedding – stressing the importance of effective marriage preparation.

As a start, at least six months’ notice is typically required in order to be married in our parishes. Also; it is important to establish, with the help of one of our priests, if you live in either of our parishes in order for you to be married in one of our churches or if you have a just cause to be married in another Catholic church.

In order to check out the preliminaries do contact our priests at: catholicsinsouthblackpool@gmail.com