Marriage

Thinking about getting married

Thinking about getting married? What do I do now?

We are always pleased to see people making the special commitment of the Sacrament of Marriage. As with any commitment it has its happy moments and its challenging ones.

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.84 – CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1.

We hope the information in this section will help those preparing for marriage.

First off, get in touch with Fr Peter either by phone 0161 4833476 or e mail petersharrocks@stpetershazelgrove.org.uk or,  best of all,see him after one of the Masses on Sunday.

Please be aware that we don’t celebrate weddings on Sundays

Couples who wish to marry here are expected  to attend a Marriage Preparation course run by a Catholic charity, Marriage Care. Fr. Peter will also help you to prepare for the big day; either a Nuptial Mass or Wedding Service, the readings and hymns you would like organising an organist or other musicians. We can also put you in touch with our wonderful Flower Arrangers.

Marriage Preparation Feedback

Fr. Peter will also advise you about the legal side of getting married. You must also go to your local registry office within 12 months of the date of your wedding, and give notice that you wish to be married at St. Peter’s Church. They will give you both a marriage licence which you should then bring to us that allows you to marry here.

Engaged Encounter is a movement which aims to give couples who are engaged, married, or in long-standing relationships and commitment the opportunity to enrich and refresh their relationships. It also seeks to give priests and religious the chance to reflect on their vocation and enhance their relationship with their parish and community.

Weekends are Catholic in origin and ethos. Couples of any or no faith are also most welcome. Since its launch, over 5 million couples in almost 100 countries have experienced a Weekend. You may find the information on this website and the retreats they run useful in preparing for your marriage.

Venue for a Wedding Reception

Our Parish Centre, situated behind the church, is available for wedding receptions and evening parties. There is a large function room, buffet room, bar and a variety of reasonably priced packages available from hot or cold buffets to carveries, drinks on arrival and even bacon butties at midnight. For more details CLICK HERE.

If you would like to arrange an affordable wedding cake, please contact Helen Hook on 07791 757 084 or 0161 484 2186

Looking after your marriage

“MARRIAGE MATTERS” YEAR C – reflections on Marriage for each Sunday of the Year.

There are some wonderful organisations that provide support to couples and families.

Marriage Encounter Website – opportunities to meet, reflect and learn more about marriage during a relaxed and informal retreat.

Stockport Marriage Care –  a Catholic charity that specialises in in helping couples build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and in providing support in times of relationship difficulty. Click on the links below for more resources.

Relationship Counselling
Relationship Knowledge

Should I consider an annulment

What is an annulment?

An annulment of a Marriage is a declaration by the Church to say that from the very beginning of the Marriage there was something that prevented it form being a true marriage.

When is it applicable?

If a marriage breaks down and either party think it was not right from the beginning then there may be grounds for an annulment

How do I start the process?

See your Parish Priest who will explain the procedure to you.

Coping with Divorce and Separation

Links to online resources:

The Beginning Experience is an organisation that currently doesn’t operate in North England, but their website is worth a look.

ASDC England (The Association of Divorced and Separated Catholics)