To book your wedding please contact Fr Heagney at the Parochial House. 


You have requested to be married in our Parish Church. Depending on the type of wedding you are planning, there could be many, many things to think about and decide; from the reception to the car hire, from the flowers to the choice of best man and bridesmaid. With so much to plan it’s easy to forget or neglect that which is at the centre of it all—you, the one you love, and God. These months before the wedding can be a special time in which to discover more about each other and lay the foundations of a real Christian Marriage.


As you are choosing a Catholic Wedding, the sacred nature of the ceremony is paramount. We want your ceremony in our Parish to reflect the important, solemn commitment you are undertaking. The Church will encourage you to concentrate on what is at the heart of any successful marriage – true love for one another lived out in such a way that it enriches you, your family, the Church and our society. We believe that your marriage provides you both with the opportunity to reflect and make decisions about the practice of your faith as well as the many other issues you will inevitably face.

Marriage Preparation

When you book your wedding, it is important that you register immediately for a pre- marriage course. Courses can be booked through ACCORD T 028 3833 4781 or check Some couples are put off by the idea of marriage preparation. A few even think that the Church is interfering. In fact, quite the opposite is true. We encourage you to attend the Marriage Preparation Course as it offers both of you the opportunity to reflect on how you communicate, to explore your understanding of commitment, how to manage conflict, how to be responsible parents and to live the sacrament of marriage.

Pre-Nuptial Enquiry

There is a considerable amount of paperwork associated with a marriage and this can vary depending on your circumstances and plans. Papers may have to be obtained from one or several other parishes and in some cases approval may even be required from the Diocesan Bishop. It is therefore important to contact a priest as soon as you decide to marry so that you can be made aware of all relevant documentation.

(i) The usual procedure

Normally speaking, it is only when you have completed your pre-marriage course that you should make an appointment to complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form. Church law requires that each partner is interviewed separately.

If either of you were baptised and/or confirmed in another parish, you should bring along with you a recent Certificate of Baptism and Confirmation, and a Letter of Freedom from that parish and any other parish in which you have resided for six months or more since you reached the age of sixteen.

If either of you are not currently living in the our Parish, you should contact a priest in your current parish, well in advance of the wedding, to have your Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form completed. That priest will then forward all documentation to Eglish parish.

(ii) Special circumstances or arrangements

Circumstances may be such that other procedures have to be followed; e.g. If the marriage is to take place abroad, or one or both parties to the marriage is currently living abroad etc. Details or factors of this kind, which will affect preparation, should be brought to the attention of the priest at the earliest opportunity.

(iii)Mixed Marriages

If your marriage is one of mixed religions or denominations then a particular procedure is adhered to. The non-Catholic party will be asked to provide a Certificate of Baptism, (if he or she is baptised) and proof of freedom to marry. After all pre-nuptial papers are prepared, they are sent to the Diocesan Office for approval of the Diocesan Bishop. The celebration of Mass is not essential for a wedding and, if desirable, a Wedding Service can be arranged.


Civil Requirments

Couples getting married in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland must give three months notice to the Civil Registrar of the district in which the marriage is to take place.


This form must be completed for each person and sent with all the necessary paperwork to the local council.


The Wedding Mass / Ceremony

There are a variety of prayers, scripture readings and essential elements in the Marriage Ceremony which the priest will discuss with you. You may like to involve relatives and friends in readings or prayers. Such participants should be and properly prepared. Family or friends may also be involved in the presentation of the gifts of Bread and Wine at the offertory. The priest will try to arrange with you a suitable time for a rehearsal. All who are intending to participate in any way should be in attendance at the rehearsal. This makes for a more meaningful ceremony and will help everyone’s confidence on the day. Altar Servers will only be asked to participate if they are related to the couple and are in attendance at the wedding as guests.


Music for your Wedding

Music will add to the joyful atmosphere of your wedding. Be sure, however, that the music is suitable, respecting the sacred nature of the occasion. Only hymns and sacred music should be played. Secular pop songs are never allowed in the Church. Some musical pieces, which might be entirely suitable at the reception afterwards, or in other situations, may not be appropriate in a church setting. A list of your chosen music should be given to the priest well in advance of the occasion to avoid any embarrassment on the day.


Mass Booklet

This website will give you a selection of readings that you can use on your wedding day.


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