The Sacrament of Matrimony is the marvellous gift through which Jesus himself strengthens and equips the married couple to live out the commitment of married life. It is the only Sacrament where the ministers are the couple themselves. (At a wedding the priest merely witnesses their exchange of vows on behalf of the Church.)
If you are resident in the parish or have a parent who is a parishioner, please make contact through the Parish Office giving at least six months’ notice of your intention to marry. One of the priests will contact you and arrange to meet with you as a couple. He will usually recommend that you sign up to one of the local marriage preparation days run by Marriage Care (see the downloadable file). You will also need to contact Oxfordshire Registration Service in good time to give notice of your intention to marry.
There is no charge to be married at Our Lady Help of Christians although you may wish to offer a donation.
Couples who are planning to marry abroad or elsewhere in the UK should also give at least six months’ notice.