Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and we are delighted that you wish to celebrate your wedding with us here in St. Pius X, Parish.

There are a number of steps that you must take to ensure that your marriage is valid in the eyes of the Church and the State. It is a good idea to be organised and complete these steps in plenty of time before your Wedding Day. For more information on what the Church and the State require, you can go to gettingmarried.ie. See also the Dublin Diocesan Liturgy Offices information on planning your wedding.  This web site is also a great resource when planning your wedding providing a checklist for the ceremony and even a version of the wedding booklet which you can tailor to meet your requirements. Fr Pat Rogers has also developed an excellent phone/ipad app for couples preparing for marriage. The app can be found on website www.together.ie; click on Android or Apple version. (Otherwise by Googling: "Irish Wedding Planner Android Apps" OR "Irish Wedding Planner on the App Store on iTunes").

1. Book the church


It is a good idea to book the church as soon as possible. To do this contact parish office Phone: 01-4905284 The parish office is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.30 A.M. to 12.30 A.M E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . From the church point of view you will require:

•A recent copy of your Baptismal Certificate, that is a copy that is dated within 6 months of the date of the wedding.
•A Confirmation Certificate. These certificates can be obtained from the parishes where you were baptized and confirmed.
•A letter of freedom. A letter of freedom is obtained from each parish where you have lived for more than six months over the age of 16. If you have lived in a lot of parishes there is a form available that can be filled out by a parent or family member who can vouch that you have not been previously married and then the form can be signed by a priest in the parish. (Download the form called Statement Concerning the Freedom to Marry.)

 

2. The next step depends on if you live in the parish of St. Pius X or not.


If you live in the parish of St. Puis X you will need to make an appointment with Fr. Aquinas or Deacon Gerry Larkin to fill out a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form. They can be contacted through the parish office.

If you do not live in the parish of St. Pius X you will need;

•To fill out a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form with the priest of your own parish
•A letter of freedom. A letter of freedom is obtained from each parish where you have lived for more than six months over the age of 16. If you have lived in a lot of parishes there is a form available that can be filled out by a parent or family member who can vouch that you have not been previously married and then the form can be signed by a priest in the parish. (Download the form called Statement Concerning the Freedom to Marry.)


3. A marriage preparation course


is also recommended and some of the providers of courses are listed below:

Mount Argus 01 2964257 (www.together.ie)
Accord 01 5053112 (www.accord.ie)


4. State requirements:


Couples are required to give a minimum of three months notice to the State of their intention to marry. Without the notification to the State, the marriage will be not valid in civil law.

While it was previously possible to give this notification in writing, it is now necessary to call in person to the Registrars Office in order to give notification of intention to marry. You should make an appointment with a Registrar at one of the Registration Offices. (it does not have to be a Registrar in the area where the marriage is taking place). The Registrar will advise you, when making the appointment, of any information and documents you should bring with you to the notification meeting.

A notification fee of €150 is payable For the Dublin area the address is: Registrar of Marriages, Room 1, Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2. Phone: 6711863 A complete list of registrars in the country can be found on the registrar's website www.civilregistrationservice.ie An appointment to meet with the registrar may now also be made online at www.crsappointments.ie

5. For the wedding day itself:


The parish organist is Martina Smyth and she can be contacted through the parish office.


In relation to flowers, you should contact a florist to arrange this for you. Please note that the use of Confetti in the church or in the church grounds is prohibited and we would be obliged if you would inform your family and guests of this. People often ask us what contribution they should make to the church for this celebration so below we give suggested guidelines

•Rcommended Contribution for the church: €250, this goes towards the upkeep of the Church and does not go to the priest who celebrates your wedding with you.
•Donation to the Sacristan: €75 the sacristan will help to set up the altar and chairs for the wedding and will ensure the civil papers are completed correctly.
•Donation to the Priest is at your discretion.
•Donation to the Altar servers is at your discretion.

We hope that the information contained above is of help to you and that all goes well.

Yours in Christ

 

Fr. Aquinas Duffy PP.

 

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