Congratulations on your decision to get married. It’s an exciting time with lots of wedding planning ahead!
The Church honors and treasures the married love between husband and wife. For Christians, marriage mirrors the relationship between Christ and the Church. Thus married love was described by St. Paul as a “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32) and came to be recognised as one of the seven sacraments.
During the marriage ritual, the two people marry each other. They are the ministers of the sacrament. It is they who will exchange vows before God and the assembled community. The priest’s role is to receive their consent, to act as a witness, to lead prayer and to bestow God’s blessing.
Marriage, like other vocations, calls us to reflect God’s love to the world in a particular way. Married people in their exclusive and life long commitment to each other witness to and draw strength from how Christ has loved us.
Booking your Wedding
Those intending to marry in the Newmarket & Taur parish are asked to give at least 3 months notice of their intention to marry . Baptism, Confirmation and Letter of Freedom certificates will be required. Please check the Marriage Booking Calendar before calling the office.
You will also need to participate in a marriage preparation course, which is a lovely way for you as a couple to take a look at your own relationship. Contact Accord for scheduled dates in your area. Booking in advance is advisable.
The Civil Notification needs to be obtained 3 months prior to your marriage from Registrar of Births, Marriages & Deaths, 9 West End, Mallow, Co. Cork. Telephone 022-50230.
Planning the Ceremony
As ministers of the sacrament, the couple should be involved in planning the ceremony. The priest has a responsibility to advise the couple in their choices regarding the liturgy – readings, prayers, music and choice of vows. Couples are encouraged to look for such guidance early in the process. Family and friends are also encouraged to participate in the ceremony.