Congratulations to couples planning their wedding.
The Christian community wishes you every blessing and happiness. Your desire to marry in Church is your invitation to Christ to be at the heart of your relationship. Your wedding day is as special and as individual as you are. Everything about it should reflect your uniqueness, especially your ceremony. This is the one day in your lives when you have the opportunity to publicly express your love for each other and make your own special promises and vows to each other. We hope that the following information will be of benefit to you in a practical way as you prepare for your marriage.
For any weddings within Holy Family Parish, or weddings where Fr. David or Fr. Tony may be officiating, the couple, should first make direct contact with the priests. The couple should present themselves rather than someone else (e.g. a parent) hoping to represent them.
Fixing the Date
When deciding on a date, please bear in mind that: civil and church law requires a minimum of three months notice of your intention to marry. In cases where dispensations are required, a minimum of six months notice of intention to marry is required by the Diocese.
In the Diocese of Meath, a marriage preparation workshop is obligatory.
A new Baptismal Certificate.
A Confirmation Certificate.
If you have lived for more than 6 months outside your parish of residence since you were 18 years of age, you need a Letter of Freedom from the respective parish(es).
If a mixed marriage; permission or a dispensation from the bishop is necessary.
We advise that you also check the 'Getting Married' section of the website of the General Register Office at http://www.groireland.ie that provides general information on the solemnisation and registration (in the civil records) of a valid marriage in Ireland
(A non-catholic requires a baptismal certificate and an affidavit stating that he/she was never married before in a civil or religious ceremony).
A minimum of three months notice must be given to the Civil Registrar of Marriages.
Your local priest should complete with you your individual Prenuptial Enquiry Papers which you both must sign.
There are two kinds of ceremony in the Catholic Church. One is a wedding ceremony with Nuptial Mass. The other is a wedding without Mass. If one of you is non-Catholic or not a regular churchgoer, you and your family may feel more at home with the latter ceremony. A wedding ceremony without Mass is the form your marriage will take if one of you is not baptised.
During the days before the marriage, it is recommended to couples to prepare spiritually by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Choosing Readings and Hymns
When preparing your ceremony, a meeting with the officiating priest is advisable. A formal printed booklet is not essential and a well-prepared A4 sheet folded into booklet style containing the words of hymns, readings and the marriage Rite will equally suffice. Please ensure that only theprescribed rites are chosen. Be careful if copying the booklets of marriage ceremonies previously attended, that they have used the correct rites and that the service is in the right order. Couples regularly have to go back to the printer to correct booklets copied from previous weddings. It is also common, if the booklet is not properly proofed, that the names of the previous couple slip into the text.
Weddings in Rome for Irish couples (both bearing Irish Passports) are usually straightforward to arrange. They normally take place at The Pontifical Irish College (0039670476429) or with the Irish Pallotine Fathers (0039669799740) or with the Irish Augustinian Friars (003964885359). Weddings can be booked by contacting any of the above named communities. They will forward you practical information on getting married in Rome. The paperwork is completed in the usual manner and forwarded by your local priest to your local Bishop’s office. Your Bishop will issue a Certificate of No Impediment also known as Nulla Osta, and in turn will forward the papers to Rome.
However, take note of the civil requirement of the Italian State Authorities who insist that you apply to the Consular Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin for a civil Nulla Osta certificate. The application forms for this certificate should be completed and returned to the Department of forign Affairs at least ten weeks before the marriage date in Rome, allowing time for the Department to process the application and forward the Certificate to the Italian State Authorities.
N.B. Marriages taking place outside of Ireland other than Rome, are subject to strict stipulation by most dioceses. The couple should first contact their local priest.
As you make plans for the happiest day of your life remember this is a day that should be stress free, a day to be enjoyed. A day you can look back on in the future as the day you began your married life together. Therefore any time spent in the planning of this day will make it truly memorable. So with the choices you make and the options you take, may we wish you a perfect day.