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

1. Contact Fr. Ghislain to arrange a date and time for your wedding.
2. About 6 months before the wedding contact Fr. Ghislain 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:

  •  An up-to-date copy of your Baptism certificate from the parish where you were baptised.
  • An up-to-date copy of your Confirmation details from the parish where you were Confirmed.
  • 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:

  •  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.

Courses operate on Saturdays as a day course. It will include a hot lunch for participants and will take place at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Dundyvan Road, Coatbridge.

Online Registration at:
Payment is made online at the time of booking.
The cost of £50 is per couple.

The day course runs on Saturdays from 9.30am – 4.30pm in Coatbridge.

Please note that all couples signing-up for a diocesan course must have prior permission from their Parish Priest before booking. Once the registration has been completed an email will automatically be generated and sent to the Parish Priest’s email. Certificates will be issued to confirm attendance at the end of the course.

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:

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.



Order of Services

Marriage with Mass – where both partners are Catholic



Marriage Service
– where only one of the partners is Catholic