Brides and Grooms who are Catholic need to get the following:
(a) Certificate of your Baptism (dated to within six months of the wedding) - Contact the parish where you were baptised. If you were baptised in St Michael's Parish, this will be supplied automatically.
(b) Confirmation Certificate - Contact the parish where you were confirmed. If you were confirmed in St Michael's Parish, this will be supplied automatically.
(c) Letter of Freedom to Marry - from each place to which you moved permanently & completely and in which you lived for more than 6 months [being a student or temporary work don’t count]. If you have lived in St Michael's Parish, a Letter of Freedom to cover that time (only) will be supplied automatically.
(d) Certificate of Attendance at a Pre-Marriage Course.
(e) The Pre-Nuptial Enquiry - Six months before the wedding, you must contact your local priest who will do this with you.
This paperwork is assembled and completed together with your local priest. If you are currently a parishioner in St Michael's Parish, you will be contacted about this.
If you are from a different parish, all this paperwork must be assembled and completed with your local priest. This is essential. It is your responsibility to contact your parish priest in good time. If you fail to do this, you could be faced with the need to postpone your wedding.
When either bride or groom is from another religious tradition, she or he needs to get the following:
(e) Evidence of having been baptised (if such evidence is available). This may be a certificate or written statement from the Minister in the place where the baptism took place. Alternative, the non-Catholic party can ask one or both parents to sign a written statement as evidence of baptism. You are welcome to download and use the form provided by the parish (click here). (f) Evidence of being free to marry. The non-Catholic party can ask one or both parents to sign a written statement of freedom to marry. You might like to download and use the form provided by the parish (click here)
Printed copies of each of these forms referred to in (e) and (f) above are available on request from St Michael's Parish Office.