St. Monica's Coatbridge


If you wish to marry there are a number of things to do in preparation.

1. Contact Fr. Bernard to arrange a date and time for your wedding.
2. About 6 months before the wedding contact Fr. Bernard again to arrange a meeting to go over the the paper work.
3. When you come for that meeting please bring along the following: For those who are Roman Catholics:
A) an up-to-date copy of your Baptism certificate from the parish where you were baptised. B) an up-to-date copy of your Confirmation details from the parish where you were Confirmed. C) a letter from the parish where you were baptised to state that you are free to marry. This is called a Letter of Freedom. All these can be obtained by contacting the priest of the parish where you were baptised/confirmed. For those who are not Roman Catholics: A) If you are baptised - please bring some evidence to show when and where you were baptised.

4. Marriage Preparation Course
    Couples must attend one of the Marriage Preparation courses run by the Diocese of Motherwell. Each course takes place over two consecutive Saturdays from 9:45am until 1:30pm
March 2019: St Mary’s, Hamilton Saturday 16th, PART 1 and Saturday 23rd, PART 2
September 2019: 
St Mary’s, Hamilton Saturday 8th, PART 1 and Saturday 15th, PART 2

Please make early contact
with Michael & Nora Hartley, Family Life Agency

or Tel: 01355 229694.

5. Several days before the wedding there would normally be a practice. At the practice the following should attend: the bride and groom, the person ‘giving’ the bride away, the two legal witnesses - normally the best man and bridesmaid.
In preparing for your wedding you may find the following document useful:
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If you wish to select your own readings, click on this file to see the recommended readings you can choose from. It also explains how to choose the readings.
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Order of Services
Marriage with Mass - where both partners are Catholic
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Marriage Service
- where only one of the partners is Catholic
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