Marriage Preparation

We welcome enquiries concerning marriage which should be made to Fr. John in the first instance. At least one of the couple must be a baptised Catholic. Usually, at least one of the parties will either live in the parish of Waltham Cross or come to Mass here.

Both parties must be free to marry in the eyes of the Church and we can examine this, if necessary. (The fact that one party is not a Catholic or has been married before will not necessarily prevent the marriage taking place, but we would need to look at the circumstances.)

You will be invited to take part in one of the Preparing Together Marriage Preparation Courses which are organised by Marriage Care. They are normally held once a month at Christ the King, Bramley Road, Oakwood.

There is a certain amount of paperwork required before the marriage takes place. This includes :
•Recent baptism certificates (certified by the parish of your baptism within six months of the proposed date of the wedding);
•Documentation confirming your freedom to marry;
•Permission from your home parish priest if you do not live in this parish;
•Certain other documentation if one you either are not a Catholic or have been married before.

We normally expect at least six months notice when a marriage is being arranged.

If you are planning to celebrate your marriage in a Catholic Church abroad, please speak to us at least six months before the intended date, and before you make any arrangements with a Wedding Planner.