Congratulations on your decision to get married. It’s an exciting time with lots of wedding planning ahead!
Church Requirements for your Wedding
Being free to marry in the Roman Catholic Church
To be married in the Roman Catholic Church at least one party to the proposed marriage must be Catholic, be both adults, 18 yrs or older. Couples seeking to book Ferrybank Church must complete the declaration confirming their freedom to marry. Should a canonical or legal impediment arise the wedding cannot take place.
Regarding the Priest officiating at your Wedding
Fr. Kieran will be happy to celebrate your Wedding. Unfortunately due to many other parish commitments he regrets that he will be unable to join you for your Wedding reception. You are also very welcome to have a priest who is a relative or family friend celebrate your wedding.
Due to many other parish commitments, the Parish Priest of Ferrybank is unfortunately unable to celebrate the wedding ceremony of non parishioners. You are asked to make your own arrangements for getting a Priest to celebrate your wedding (e.g. a Priest who is a family relative or friend, a Priest from your own parish etc.).
Please ensure that the priest is registered as a solemniser with the state. He should also undertake to contact the Parish Priest of Ferrybank in advance of celebrating your wedding and provide documentary evidence (in compliance with safeguarding regulations) that he is in good standing with his diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior.
Pre Marriage Course
Because your wedding is a special and important moment in your lives, the Church requires a couple to undertake a Pre-Marriage Course, details of which your local priest will provided.
Pre Marriage Papers
Both of you will need to fill out the pre-marriage papers (Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Forms) with Fr. Kieran if you are currently living in Ferrybank Parish. If not you will fill them out with the priest of the parish where you are currently living, and he will then forward them to the Parish Priest of Ferrybank along with Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation and Letters of Freedom.
In the situation of an Inter-Faith Marriage between a Roman Catholic & Member of another Christian Church or Non-Baptised person it is necessary to get a dispensation from the local Bishop. The Priest dealing with your paperwork will direct you in this matter.
For Couples living Abroad
If you are living abroad you will make an appointment with your local Priest (at least six months in advance) who will complete your documentation and forward it to the local Bishop’s office, who will then forward your papers to the Bishop of Ossory i.e. the Bishop of the diocese in which Ferrybank is located. Please ensure that all documentation is processed in good time. Weddings cannot be celebrated without the necessary documentation.
You must give at least three months Notice to the State.
You as a couple need to make an appointment to meet in person with any civil registrar to give notice of your intention to marry.
Among the documentation/details you will need to bring once you get an appointment are
- Photo Identification (preferably a passport or drivers license)
- Names and Dates of Birth of witnesses
- Name of the Church where you wish to be married
- Date of the Marriage
- Name of the Priest will officiate at the Marriage
You will be issued with a Marriage Registration Form which you are responsible for returning the signed form to the Office of the Register. This has to be done within one month of the Wedding.
If one or both of you are currently living outside the state an application form must be obtained from the Registrars Office, then completed and returned to that Office. You must present yourselves before the Registrar at least five days before the Wedding. You will be given the Registration Form, which you must present to the Marriage Solemniser (Priest), otherwise the marriage cannot be registered.
Ferrybank Parish Requirements
Decorating the Church
Flowers are permitted but because of safety concerns, candles should not be used outside the Sanctuary area of the Church. A red carpet is permitted. The use of Rice, Confetti (even if biodegradable) etc. is not permitted inside or outside the Church. No objects including any kind of candles are permitted on the centre aisle especially on the floor. This area is to be kept clear to comply with health and safety regulations.
Your Offering to the Parish (Only for Non-Parishioners)
A contribution of €300 to Ferrybank Parish for the use of the Church of the Sacred Heart is payable on return of the Booking Request Form. Should your booking request be unsuccessful or the date requested not be available your booking fee will be refunded in total.
Please inform your Photographer/Video Technician that they should introduce themselves to the Priest before the ceremony begins. Group photographs (with all guests going up on to the Altar area) are not permitted under any circumstances before or after the wedding ceremony.
The Wedding Ceremony
You will prepare the Wedding ceremony with the Priest who will celebrate your wedding. There are two kinds of service in the Catholic Church.
Wedding Service with Nuptial Mass: This is when the wedding itself takes place as part of the Mass.
The other is a Wedding Service without Mass. The part where you make your promises is the same in each and both are joyful celebrations. You may find it helpful to discuss the alternatives with your Priest before making a final decision.
Your Priest will help you choose the best option for you and assist you in choosing Bible readings etc. and help you decide on the form of the vows you will exchange.
You will choose Church hymns or liturgical music that is suitable to the Church, to prayer and to the wedding ceremony and you are asked to talk to your Priest when confirming your music choice.
Wedding Practices are to be arranged well in advance with the Priest celebrating your wedding and also arranged with the Parish Office and Sacristan.
Important Addresses and Information
All completed booking request forms and accompanying documentation are to be returned to …
Fr. Kieran O’Shea P.P.,
Parish Office – Tel. 051-830813 (open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm)
For couples living outside the Parish of Ferrybank your Priest should forward your wedding papers to the Parish Priest of Ferrybank at the above address.
Pre Marriage Courses
For Pre Marriage Courses please go to https://www.courses.accord.ie
If you are living abroad your Church wedding papers, once completed by your local Priest will be forwarded to the bishop of the diocese where you live and once approved they will be sent to the Bishop of Ossory, the Diocese to which Ferrybank Parish belongs.
Most Rev. Dermot Farrell,
Bishop of Ossory,
Ossory Diocesan Office,
+353 56 776 2448
Registrar of Marriages
Offices where you may notify the State of your intention to marry
Dublin: Joyce House, 8 – 11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2.
Tel. 01 863 8200
Kilkenny: Community Services, County Clinic, James Green, Kilkenny.
Tel. 056-778 4756/056 778 4711/056-778 478
Waterford: Civil Registration Office, Cork Rd., Waterford.
Tel. 051-842 824/051 842 825
for a complete list of Marriage registration offices in Ireland please go to …
If you are living in Ireland and intend to marry abroad you should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs for further information …
If you have any further queries regarding your Church Ceremony, please contact the Parish Office.