Sacred Heart Church Newhaven

  with Denton



If you would like to arrange any of the Catholic ceremonies to take place in our church please contact Father or come to our mass and talk to Father afterward.

Infant Baptism:
An infant should be baptised within the first weeks after birth. In the complete absence of any well-founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion, the baptism is to be delayed, in conformity with the provision of the particular law and the parents are to be informed of the reason.
Preparing for marriage:
The Church normally requires for validity that every marriage between Catholics, or between a Catholic and a non-Catholic, be celebrated before a bishop, priest or deacon duly authorised, and two witnesses, otherwise the parties will not, in the sight of God, be really husband and wife, even though there may be a binding legal contract under civil law. (N.B.A. marriage between two non-Catholics is not subject to this rule.)
A Catholic should choose a partner who is free to marry and not bound by a previous marriage.
In the context, a Catholic means anyone baptised in the Catholic Church; and it also means a baptised person who has become a Catholic.
The parties should give six months notice to their parish priest before the date proposed for the marriage not only so the necessary documents, dispensations and other formalities can be dealt with, but also to ensure adequate preparation and when possible attendance at an engaged couples course.
The Church permits mixed marriages to take place, but within certain safeguards. The usual conditions for granting of a permission or dispensation are:
The Catholic party is asked to give this undertaking "I declare that I am ready to uphold my Catholic Faith and to avoid all dangers of falling away from it. Moreover, I sincerely undertake that I will do all that I can within the unity of our partnership to have all the children of our marriage baptised and brought up in the Catholic Church."
The marriage ceremony shall take place in the Catholic Church. For serious reasons, however, the Catholic Church is willing to grant a dispensation enabling the parties of mixed marriages to have the ceremony in a non-Catholic church.