Congratulations on your decision to get married.
It is a very exciting time for, and we are delighted
that you have selected Leckpatrick Parish as your venue
for the 'big day.' However, there are some rules to
follow, both set by the Church and the State - they
can not be ignored.
Every couple marrying in the Catholic Church
are required to give a minimum of three months notice
to their priest and complete a Pre Nuptial Enquiry Form.
The form is completed a meeting with local priest of
each party. Here's the basic guidelines you need to
There are at least three forms that
you need to get before going to meet your priest.
• A recently issued copy of your Baptismal
• A recently issued copy of your Confirmation
• A Letter of Freedom from each
parish you have lived in since you were 18.
1 The Pre-nuptial enquiry (informally
known as 'wedding papers') is carried out in the parish
where the person has domicile (resident for at least
six months) or quasi-domicile (resident for at least
2 The Pre-nuptial enquiry is carried
out in the form of a personal interview between the
person and the priest. It should not be done in the
presence of both parties.
3 It is essential that the Pre-nuptial
enquiry be initiated no later than three months prior
to the proposed date of marriage.
4 The Wedding Ceremony usually takes
place in the parish church of the bride.
5 If one or both parties are from outside
the parish, they must present a Baptismal and Confirmation
Certificate and a Letter of Freedom to marry. The Baptismal
and Confirmation Certificate can be obtained from the
parish in which you were baptised and the Letter of
Freedom from the parish in which you reside.
6 In the case of a mixed marriage,
the forms of the baptised non-catholic or non-baptised
person should be completed in the parish of the catholic
7 It is of the utmost importance that
the party should ensure that the date and time of their
wedding is suitable for the priest(s) of the parish.
Contacting the priest personally should do this.
When a Catholic wishes to marry a Christian of another
denomination they must ask for a dispensation from their
local bishop. The granting of this dispensation is dependant
upon the promise of the Catholic party to ensure that
their future children will be baptised in the Catholic
Church and brought up in the faith. This promise is
also by all Catholic couples.
In the event of the marriage ceremony
being held in the church of another denomination it
is necessary to ask for a dispensation of Form, that
is permission to be married by the rites of another
church. Again this permission is granted by the diocesan
When a Catholic wishes to marry a person who is not
baptised, or who is a member of another faith, they
must seek a dispensation from the bishop. This is called
a Disparity of Cult dispensation.