Marriage Preparation Courses

The Team

Family Support Organisations

Marriage Preparation Courses for 2018



SW Pastoral Area
Deacon Philip and Mrs Mary Pond
T: 020 8651 2477
E: philandmary@blueyonder.co.uk
SE Pastoral Area

Lisette Blanchet Ball
and Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller
T: 020 8690 9310
E: marriagese@tiscali.co.uk
Kent Pastoral Area

Carole Batty
and Father Liam Gallagher
T: 07983 524727
E: mflkent@gmail.com

Before booking a Marriage Preparation Course...

As soon as you can, contact the parish closest to the Catholic party, whether you attend Mass in that parish or not, regardless of whether the wedding will take place in that parish. The Diocesan Policy on Marriage states that "at least six months notice of marriage is normally required", this is to allow preparation to be undertaken by the couple and the required paperwork to be completed. It is the responsibility of the priest or deacon to ensure that all the necessary documentation is at hand, and to see that the documents are sent to the place of marriage.

To avoid possible complications, no wedding date should be fixed until after the first meeting with the priest or deacon. This is to ensure that you have a full understanding of all of the requirements necessary for celebrating your wedding in the Catholic Church, and to prevent you from losing non-refundable costs if the wedding date needs to be changed. This initial visit will determine if both of you are free to marry in the Church and allow the priest or deacon time to guide you through the marriage preparation process.

If your wedding is to take place outside the United Kingdom it is essential that you contact your local parish priest or deacon before any arrangements are made with a priest in the other country.  This is to allow time for documentation to be completed and sent in advance of the wedding. Marriage papers for weddings taking place in another country travel via the Chancery Office at Archbishops House, to the Office of the overseas Bishop, before finally being sent to the place of Marriage.

Presentations used by the SW area team in their Marriage Preparation Course

The team presenting the SW Area Marriage Preparation Course uses a series of powerpoint slides to assist in the delivery of their material. The presentations (in the order they are used in the course) are as follows:

Couples booked on Marriage Preparation courses in SE London or Kent are most welcome to view the above presentations.

Early booking is essential to ensure a place on a particular course.
It is important to contact a local priest or deacon at the earliest opportunity to arrange
formal documentation and obtain any necessary permission to marry.

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