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Sacraments: Marriage Preparation

Both bride and groom need to be free to marry but only one of them needs to be a baptised Roman Catholic, the other may be baptised or christened in another Christian church, of another faith or of no faith at all.

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton desires that couples give 6 months notice of their intention to marry.

Why? Marriage is a free act of consent by two sane adults of the opposite sex, anything that affects this freedom affects the validity of the marriage.  The church, therefore, has a moral obligation to help couples to reflect on the importance and the significance of the step they think they want to undertake.  During this time of preparation couples are required to take part in an engaged couples course. This may happen here in the parish or may be undertaken with a catholic organisation called Marriage Care who run a regular monthly course at Crawley.

Part of the preparation to marry will also involve the arranging of the service which is normally done with the help of a special pack given to each couple and with the assistance of the priest performing the marriage.


Useful addresses

Local Registrar W.S.C.C. Offices
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
Tel: 01444 413415
Christian Copyright Licensing
Christian Copyright Licensing (Europe) Ltd
Chantry House
22 Upperton Road
East Sussex  BN21 1BF
Tel: 01323 417711

 If you have any further questions please contact that Parish Office which is normally open from Tuesday—Friday from 10.30 am—1.30 pm. Marie, our parish secretary can solve many of your problems.

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