If you are reading this, at a guess it's congratulations on your engagement!
So, to begin with, we would like to assure you of our prayers both for a joyous wedding day but also for a blessed, happy, fruitful and fulfilling married life together. When entering sacramental marriage your spouse (marriage partner) becomes an important part of your way to holiness and to God. Each sign of love within your relationship can sustain, heal and help you to grow in holiness and climb the stairway to heaven.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and we will do all that we can to help you with the arrangements for the day.
If you are planning to get married at St. Philip's or St. John's, please make an appointment by phone, with the Parish Priest as soon as possible (in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, that is, this Diocese, couples are required to give 12 months' notice to the parish priest) to allow for marriage preparation and any legal and civil administration.
Generally speaking, you may marry in the Catholic Church if:
To marry in the parish, at least one of you should normally reside in the parish. The Civil Law states that the church in which you plan to get married must normally be within the registration district where you or your partner resides. The Church's Canon Law states that your marriage is to be celebrated in the parish in which either of you is residing.
You need to give us at least twelve months notice of your intention to marry.
The process of planning your marriage with us will take the following format:
In the first instance contact Fr Ian.