The marital union of man and woman, which is founded and endowed with its own proper laws by the Creator, is by its very nature ordered to the communion and good of the couple and to the generation and education of children. According to the original divine plan this conjugal union is indissoluble, as Jesus Christ affirmed: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mark 10:9).
The sacrament of Matrimony establishes a perpetual and exclusive bond between the spouses. God himself seals the consent of the spouses. Therefore, a marriage which is ratified and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved. Furthermore, this sacrament bestows upon the spouses the grace necessary to attain holiness in their married life and to accept responsibly the gift of children and provide for their education. (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 338 and 346). See more.
Marriage at Mary Immaculate
Those who intend to get married, need to ring the Parish Office and make an appointment with a priest. The Notice of Intended Marriage must be signed one calendar month prior to the wedding date at latest.
A man and a woman who wish to enter into Marriage at Mary Immaculate Church must:
- Be Catholic (at least one party)
- Be 18 years old
- Be free to marry (Not married. If divorced, they will need to provide an annulment document issued by a Marriage Tribunal from previous marriage)
- Attend a Marriage Preparation Course. See Catholic Care
- Provide a priest with a full birth certificate, Baptism certificate (issued within the last 6 months), driver’s licence or a Passport