The Sacrament of Marriage
is different from the legal contract of the same name. In order to enjoy the legal benefits of marriage in our society you need to become officially married and to enjoy the benefits of being joined, man and woman, in the eyes of the Church with God’s full blessings, you need to be married through the blessed Sacrament. The modern process of preparation for this sacrament is well worth investing in and will give you both a good insight into what Marriage means within your faith life as well as for the two of you as a married couple ready to spend the rest of your lives together. The Sacrament is another milestone in our lives or another threshold we can cross into a new way of living and sharing.
If you are thinking of getting married at St Mary’s it would be a good idea first to meet with one of the priests of the parish and discuss your requirements and the arrangements to be made. You need to give 6 months notice for your marriage, so that all documentation and marriage preparation courses can be arranged.
You also need to register your marriage at the Croydon Register of Births, Death and Marriages in Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA, which is located behind Croydon Library. It is also a good idea to take a look at the Marriage Care and Engaged Encounter web sites for further information.