Retrouvaille is a Catholic programme for couples who may have difficulties with their marriage. It aims to give couples the tools to enable them to see new hope for their marriages and family life. Here are the details of the next programme in February 2021 :
MARRIAGES: By appointment. At least six months notice is required. Please speak to one of the priests for more information.
If you are interested in getting married at Our Lady & St George's Church, you will need to make an appointment with one of the priests at least six months in advance of your proposed wedding date. The priest will need some time to get to know you, to make sure you understand the meaning and obligations of marriage, and to help you plan the service so as to make one of the most important days of your lives as good as it can be.
You can elect to have a Nuptial Mass, or a wedding service with or without Holy Communion, and the priest will help you determine which is best. There are also choices of scripture readings and hymns. Please note that only sacred music may be played at weddings.
The Sacrament of Marriage
"Jesus answered, 'Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
(Matthew 19: 4-6)
The Catholic Church holds marriage to be an indissoluble partnership between one man and one woman in mutual and lasting fidelity, open to the possibility of bringing children into the world.
Yet, marriage is more than a natural institution; it was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), to be one of the seven sacraments. A marriage between two Christians, therefore, has a supernatural element as well as a natural one. Indeed, the Christian marriage is a holy covenant between a man and a woman which mirrors the relationship of Christ and His Church.
The seriousness of this commitment means that the Church takes care to ensure those presenting themselves for marriage are suitably prepared.