Marriages

Office: 028-22828, Open: Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10.00am to 12.00.

E-mail: skibbereenparish@gmail.com / rathandtheislands@gmail.com


Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

Marriages:Things to do before you get married!


1. Check the Church is available on your chosen date!


2. Get a “Booking Form” from the Parish Office (address above!) Or download it here



3. Contact the Parish Priest of the Parish where you live, and advise him of your plans. He will advise you about the steps to take next.


4. Book into an “Approved” Marriage course, eg with Accord, Naomi or Cork

Marriage Counselling Centre,  (Click on these buttons below to visit their websites)




5. Contact the Priest of the Parish where you live and each of you needs to complete the “Pre-Nuptial Inquiry Form.” Make sure you bring with you:

  A. Your Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates

  B. Your Pre-Marriage Course certificate from Accord, Naomi or CMCC.

  C. Letters of Freedom if appropriate or relevant.


NB: Each couple must also contact the Civil Registrar of Marriages in the area where they wish to get married and complete the necessary paperwork. The priest who performs the ceremony is the “Solemniser” whose name is used on the Civil Registrar’s form.


Another useful website is www.gettingmarried.ie, where one can find help with designing your Marriage Ceremony both in the Church and afterwards.




Please also check below the section on “Getting Married in Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands Parishes”

Accord Naomi CMCC MarriageBookingForm gettingmarried.ie

Marriage Booking Form:


St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen {  } Sacred Heart Church, Rath {  }  Please tick whichever


Do you want a wedding ceremony with Mass?       Yes  [  ]  No  [  ] please tick!

Do you want a wedding ceremony without Mass?  Yes  [  ]  No [  ] please tick!


Name of Groom ................................  Name of  Bride  ........................................Contact Name .......................... Tel  No ......................... Email ...........................


Address .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Proposed date of Marriage ..............................Proposed Time of Marriage ...................... Proposed Place of  Marriage.............................................................


Church Requirements

 Complete and return the booking form to the Parish Office. Once the booking form is returned and all is in order, the date you request will be confirmed subject to completion of the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form (which will be completed in your parish of residence).

 Make contact with your local priest. He will supervise your marriage preparations, and guide you through the Pre Nuptial Enquiry paper work. If you live outside Ireland, your documents must be sent by your priest via the Diocesan Office or Chancellery of the diocese in which you are resident. They are then sent to The Diocesan Secretary, Cork & Ross Offices, Redemption Road, Cork, Ireland.

 Mixed Marriage (between Catholic and Non-RC parties); All documents for a mixed marriage are prepared by the priest of the Catholic party.

 If either of you has been married previously, civilly or in a church, contact your priest. A church marriage may not be possible in such circumstances.

 You will need Baptismal and Confirmation certificates not more than 6 months old.

 You will need to have completed an approved Pre-Marriage Course.

See www.accord.ie or www.cmcc.ie   

Civil Requirements

 To contract a valid marriage in the Republic of Ireland, the parties to the marriage must observe the marriage notification process. See www.goireland.ie – Getting Married section. Contact the State Registrar. You will need the name and permission of the Solemniser (Priest) who is administering the sacrament.

Other useful Information

Music should be appropriate to the Liturgy. Discuss this with your Solemniser.

Flowers and Decorations: - It is inappropriate to have large flower arrangements on the main altar or in front of the ambo and altar. Please liaise with the Altar Society – Margaret Ryan +353 28 21470 with regard to which flowers will be left in the church.

Please ensure that the church is restored to its previous state in preparation for Masses and liturgy.

 Other useful information is to be found on www.gettingmarried.ie

Fees – We ask that these fees be paid either by bank transfer or by cheque (made out to St. Patrick’s Parish Skibbereen, for Skibbereen marriages and to Rath Parish for Rath marriages) one month before the wedding date.

Parish – For those resident outside the parish    €350.00

Priest        €200.00, Sacristan    €50.00, Altar Server  €20.00    

The bank details are as follows;  

Skibbereen   Account name:  St Patricks Parish Skibbereen, No 1 Account, Bank address :AIB Bridge St, Skibbereen,  Co Cork, Ireland

Rath  Account name:  Rath Church Account No 1 Account, Bank address AIB Bridge St, Skibbereen,  Co Cork, Ireland

IBAN  IE39 AIBK 9363 7591 0900 52   IE40AIBK93637590202096

BIC  AIBKIE2D     AIBKIE2D

If you need to discuss any of these points please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact – Office Tel. +353 28 22828 (Tues, Wed & Thurs 10.00 to 12.00).  Email – skibbereenparish@gmail.com




Marriage Booking Form

To Download the Marriage Booking Form; please click here

gettingmarried.ie

Marriage Page:

Suggested Readings for your Marriage Ceremony


Download a Word or Acrobat file with some possible readings for the ceremony.  The document you download is in the form of a folded leaflet with several readings of each sort required from which you may choose your favourite.

Word.docx Acrobat.pdf

Getting Married in Skibbereen and

Rath and the Islands Parishes


ALTAR SERVERS

Couples are welcome to appoint altar servers to assist at their wedding. How­ever, in all cases, these children must be accompanied by their parents in the sacristy before and after the ceremony, in line with child protection procedures in this Parish. A sign-in book in the sacristy is to be signed by the servers, parents, sacristan and priest. Please note that altar servers must bring their robes with them.


DECORATION

Flowers and Decorations:- It is inappropriate to have large flower arrangements on the main altar or in front of the ambo. Please liaise with the Altar Society (flower arrangers) with regard to which flowers will be left in the church. Flowers mirror the beauty of God's creation and are welcome, but particular rules apply here: No florist tape or paste may be placed on walls or seats. It would be wise to discuss with the Sacristan, in ad­vance, the flower arrangements for your wedding


PHOTOS / VIDEOS

Photographers and videographers must exercise discretion. They should consult the priest conducting the service before­hand and respect his wishes.


CHURCH OFFERINGS

Non-returnable administrative booking fee for Church €50

Use of Church €350

In addition, couples should make the usual offering to the celebrant, (the Solomiser) - this should be in the range €150-€300


For further information or to book your wedding please phone the Parish Office on 028-22828

The Sacrament of Marriage

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