In this diocese, church weddings can take place on any day other than Sundays and major feast days.
“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Marriage is a blessing from God, a sacred covenant which binds a man and a woman with His abundant grace and unfailing presence. The couple’s love and commitment to each other embodies His desire to have an intimate and nurturing relationship with all people. The Parish of Doora Barefield welcomes you in your journey towards the Sacrament of Marriage and wishes to support you in the preparation for this very special day and throughout your married life.
The Parish Office needs at least three months notice of your intention to marry and the completion of a marriage preparation course conducted by qualified organisations. It is recommended that you complete this course well before your planned date of marriage as they can be booked out easily, as well as presenting an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on your relationship alongside other couples.
The State likewise requires that a notice be acquired from the Office of Registration (Births, Deaths and Marraiges) of the area in which the intended wedding is to take place at least three months before the wedding. This notice must be signed by the Priest to indicate his agreement to celebrate the marriage, and returned to the Office of Registration. A marriage form will then be issued by the office, which the couple must bring to the church on the day of the wedding to be signed by the couple, their witnesses and the Priest. The couple have the responsibility to return this form in order for a state certificate of marriage to be issued.
We have a Minister in our Parish, Joy Hensey, who can accompany you in the preparation for your marriage. This process begins with filling out Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Forms. These forms basically establish each of the couple’s freedom to marry and their understanding of Christian marriage. Joy can also help you with your marriage ceremony by suggesting the readings, prayers, reflections or music you deem appropriate to your personal faith, and offer a gentle space to explore ways to make the ceremony more meaningful.
In relation to special cases such as mixed marriages or a marriage involving someone under the age of 18, special permissions are required and are handled by the Diocese of Killaloe.