Marriage: Preparation, Celebration and Rediscovery


There is a special Mass on Saturday, 13 July at St. George’s Cathedral for couples celebrating their 1st/10th/25th/40th/50th/60th+ wedding anniversary during 2019; please apply as soon as possible for an invitation from the Archbishop.

Get in touch with us by EMAIL. Please let us have the location of your parish in the title of your email.


In the Southwark Diocese it is necessary for couples wanting to get married to contact their priest six months ahead of their intended wedding date. This is to allow sufficient time for them to attend the obligatory Marriage Preparation Course and also for the clergy to complete the necessary paperwork. Our clergy would prefer to be given a year to complete the paperwork and suggest that couples do not set a date for their wedding until they have spoken to a priest or deacon.

Once you have decided to get married please email the  Parish Office with your names and an address and we will send you a preliminary marriage application form plus an enrolment form for the Marriage Preparation Course.

If you intend to get married at a church other than St. Edmund’s our clergy are still responsible for all the paperwork. As a growing number of our parishioners were born outside the UK we will need to obtain documentation from their previous parishes. This can take some considerable time. There is also extra work to be completed for those who are having their ceremony abroad or for those who have had a previous marriage.

So, in short, as soon as you decide to get married, please start the ball rolling by contacting the Parish Office.


Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages.

There is no group therapy or group work. This programme has helped tens of thousands of  couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about Retrouvaille, or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or email – or visit their WEBSITE.

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