GUIDELINES

 

As long as social distancing is a requirement of life, the following arrangements will be in place for weddings in St Mary's on the Hill Parish.  St Bernard's Church can host a wedding of 100 guests max (excluding the couple).  St Marys on the Hill Church can only host a wedding of 25-30 guests max (excluding the couple).  In St Marys there cannot be mass at the wedding as Holy Communion could not be distributed safely.  There is only one aisle in the church.

 

If you wish to arrange a wedding in the parish please phone (9083 2979) or email (stmarysoth@downandconnor.org) the parish office.  You will be sent a  A. Provisional Booking Form  and a B. Church Marriage Application Form. 

 

You should complete and sign the Provisional Booking Form and return it to the parish office.  This can be done by scanning and emailing the form or photographing and emailing it.  This will hold the date that you have requested until you meet with the priest (or deacon) at which point the date will be confirmed given that you are free to marriage in the Catholic Church.

 

The parish office will arrange the meeting with the priest (or deacon) within the next number of weeks and you should complete and bring with you the Church Application Form which contains the information the priest (or deacon) will need to complete the first part of your Church Marriage Papers.  At the meeting he will explain all the paperwork - Church and Civil paperwork - that will need to be submitted and talk with you about the marriage preparation course.

We are glad that you are considering marrying in Church and we will do all we can to help you prepare for Christian Marriage.  Choosing Christian Marriage will bring its own requirements in terms of preparing for the sacrament of marriage and accepting what is appropriate and not appropriate at a wedding ceremony in Church.  

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