I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, N.N. do take thee, N.N. to be my lawful wedded wife (husband) to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.
(from the Rite of Marriage)
The decision to marry is one of the most important decisions two people can make; the decision to marry in Church means that you not only want your marriage to be recognised by the State but also blessed by God.
In the Catholic Church marriage is one of the Seven Sacraments, a life long commitment, a partnership of life and love. When you celebrate this Sacrament you welcome God into your lives in a very special way, and you know that God will be with you in every circumstance of your marriage.
The Catholic Church’s teaching on Marriage is summed up in the Rite of Marriage which you will use when you marry. During the time of preparation for marriage you will have the opportunity to become very familiar with the Church’s teaching so that you can celebrate your marriage with full knowledge and consent. You will also be given help in choosing the music, hymns, prayers, readings, blessings which will be part of the marriage service itself.
If you wish to get married in the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart and St William, the first thing to do is contact Fr Bernard who will then arrange to meet you. In this parish both Fr Bernard and Deacon Peter are ‘Registered Persons’ which means that they are able to ‘register’ your marriage on behalf of the State and celebrate your marriage in Church. Whoever is celebrating your marriage will explain what you need to do beforehand and help you prepare so that the celebration itself is all that you want it to be.