St Trea's
Newbridge & Ballymaguigan


        The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

Catechism of the Catholic Church §1601


How to Book? 


Bookings (church, date and time) for the Sacrament of Marriage can be done by contacting the parish office.

Note: that marriages are not celebrated on a Sunday or Holy Days of obligation.

The Irish Episcopal Conference has recently decided that only those over the age of 18 may celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage in the dioceses of Ireland.

Notice for couples planning to marry in 2024

All couples who plan to marry in 2024 are asked to contact the Parish Office by email at to arrange for the completion of all necessary Church and State paperwork. Meetings to complete paperwork will take place on an arranged date in the evening at 6pm and should last no more than 30 minutes. The completion of the necessary paperwork is a legal requirement and without completion the wedding cannot take place. 
The requirements are: 
1) Arrange for your Pre- Marriage Course – see for details 
2) Contact your local Council Offices for Notification of Marriage Forms 
3) Complete Pre-Nuptial Enquiry forms with the Priest of the Parish you live in.


 What Next? 


A pre-marriage course is expected to be completed by all couples in the Archdiocese of Armagh. Courses by be booked by contacting ACCORD directly at:


Note: that Magherafelt District Council requires couples to complete Marriage Notice Application forms approximately 8-10 weeks before their wedding. For further details visit their website.

Approximately 6 months before the date of Marriage, couples are invited to contact the priest who will be officiating at the ceremony to arrange a meeting in order to complete pre-nuptial enquiry forms, prepare booklets and music, book a rehearsal and receive any other advice they require. 


An excellent online resource to help you with your marriage preparation - including the booklet, marriage preparation, marriage catechesis, the ceremony, and married life - can be found at:



Baptismal / Confirmation Certificate and Letter of Freedom


Couples who require a Baptismal and Confirmation Certificate from the parish, as well as a Letter of Freedom to Marry, can contact the parish office.


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