The Holy Mass - Do this in Memory of me

Saint Columbanus' Church Ballivor   Saint Dympna's Church Kildalkey
  Saturday Vigil 7.00pm      Saturday Vigil 6.00pm
  Sunday 11.30am     Sunday 10.00am
Daily Tuesday & Friday 9.30am   Daily Monday & Thursday 9.30am
Adoration Tuesday 10.00am - 2.00pm     First Friday 6.30pm
        Adoration Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm
Confessions available on request and every First Friday before both Holy Masses in the Parish 



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Ballivor Marriage



The Christian Community wishes you every blessing and happiness. Your desire to marry in Church is your invitation to Christ to be at the heart of your relationship. We hope that your life together will be a happy and fulfilling experience.  We hope that the following information will benefit you in a practical way as you prepare for your marriage.


Getting Married in St. Columbanus' Church, Ballivor

Couples who plan to marry in St. Columbanus' Church must contact the Priest to check availability of the desired date.  A good time for a brief initial meeting with the priest is after the 11.30am Mass on the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month. If the date is available, couples will then be advised to fill in a booking form which is available from the priest. Couples are advised to discuss the ceremony (readings, hymns, marriage rite etc.) with the officiating priest after the marriage preparation course has been completed.


Fixing the Date

When deciding on a date for your wedding, please bear in mind that Civil and Church Law requires a minimum of three months notice of your intention to marry. In cases where dispensations are required, a minimum of six months notice of intention to marry is required by the Diocese


Pre-Marriage Preaparation

A Marriage Preparation Course is an opportunity for couples to take time out from the planning of their wedding day, to focus on their relationship. In the Diocese of Meath, a marriage preparation workshop is obligatory.  It is conducted by trained facilitators who highlight the core elements of relationships and explore these elements.

To Book a Pre-Marriage Workshop, contact Accord, Navan

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Documentation....... you will need;


Baptismal Certificate (recently issued)

A Confirmation Certificate

If you have lived for more than 6 months outside of your parish of residence since you were 18 years of age, you need a Letter of Freedom from the respective parish(es).

If yours is a mixed marriage; permission or a dispensation from the Bishop, sf necessary.

We advise that you also check the 'Getting Married' section of the General Register Office's  website on that provides general information on the solemnisation and registration (in civil records) of a valid marriage in Ireland.

A non-catholic requires a baptismal certificate and an affidavit, stating that he/she was never married before in a civil or religious ceremony.

A minimum of three months notice must be given to the Civil Registrar of Marriages in Navan (Telephone: 046 9023209).

Your local priest should complete your Prenuptial Enquiry Papers with you, which both you and your partner must sign.


The Ceremony

There are two kinds of wedding ceremonies in the Catholic Church. One is a wedding ceremony with Nuptial Mass, the other is a wedding without Mass. If one or you is non-Catholic or not a regular church-goer, you and your family may feel more at home with the latter ceremony. a wedding ceremony without Mass is the form your marriage will take if one of you has not been baptised. During the days before the marriage, it is recommended that couples prepare spiritually by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession).


Guidelines for the Ceremony

The ceremony is prepared with the priest who will celebrate the Wedding Ceremony. Couples who wish to marry in St. Columbanus' Church, Ballivor, must comply with the following guidelines:

  1. In the celebration of the marriage ceremony the readings must be taken from scripture and the marriage rite and all other prayers from the marriage ritual.

  2. The Music should be appropriate to the celebration of the sacrament. This should be discussed with the priest well in advance of the celebration. Accord has prepared a suitable CD of wedding music.

  3. Flower arrangements are a beautiful adornment to any ceremony. However, they should not be so ostentatious as to distract from what is happening in the ceremony. 

  4. The signing of the Marriage Registration Form takes place at a side table in the sanctuary.

  5. Outside the Church: 

    • No rice confetti etc may be tossed in the Church grounds.

    • A drinks reception on the church grounds is not permitted.

  6. Out of consideration for all concerned, the bride and groom should be present on time, as delay inconveniences everyone.

  7. Photographer/video technician. Please present these guidelines to your photographer/video technician. In St. Columbanus' Church, Ballivor, a video recording and/or photographs of the ceremony are permitted on the understanding that:

    • For the integrity of the ceremony, photographers and the video technicians should not distract or disturb the ceremony e.g. lots of movement.

    • The photographer or video technician should not enter the sanctuary area without consulting the Priest before the ceremony (the sanctuary is the red carpeted area.)

    • The photographer and/or the video technician are asked to consult the priest conducting the ceremony before the beginning of the ceremony and not to record private moments like the receiving of Holy Communion

    • Under the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy, it is not permitted to photograph children without the written consent of their parents/guardian. If written consent is given for such photographs or vidoes - the naming of children is not permitted.


Church Expenses

Bearing in mind that the preparation and celebration of a wedding involves considerable work for the priest, it is customery to give a donation to the priest on the occasion of your wedding. A standard administrative fee now exist for all, parishioner and non-parishioner, who wish to use the facilities of the Church for their wedding.



Marriages Abroad

All couples wishing to celebrate their marriage abroad must firstly contact their parish priest to fill in a form. This form requests the name of the Diocese in which the ceremony is taking place, the name of the church in which the marriage is being celebrated, the name and address of the officiationg priest, a letter from the officiating priest stating his willingness to celebrate the sacrament and the date of the ceremony. All Church papers for weddings abroad (pre-nuptial enquiry forms) are to be completed at least six months prior to the date of the marriage. 

All papers for marriages abroad when completed in your parish, are then sent to the Diocesan Office for onward transmission to the Diocese where the marriage is to take place. Papers sent to the Diocesan Office must be accompanied by €100 to cover expenses.

Weddings in Rome
 for Irish couples (both bearing Irish passports) are usually striaght-forward to arrange. They normally take place at The Pontifical Iriah College (003 9670 4764 29) or with the Irish Pallotine Fathers (003 9669 7997 40) or with the Augustinian Friars (003 9648 85359). Weddings can be booked by contacting any of the above named communities. They will forward you practical information on getting married in Rome. The paperwork is completed in the usual manner and forwarded by your local priest to your Bishop's office. Your Bishop will issue a Certificate of No Impediment also known as Nulla Osta, and in turn forward the papers to Rome.

However, take note of the civil requirement of the Italian State Authorities who insist that you apply to the Consular Division of the Department of foreign Affairs in Dublin for a civil Nulla Osta certificate. The application forms for this certificate should be completed and returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs at least ten weeks before the marriage date in Rome, allowing time for the Department to process the application and forward the certificate to the Italian State Authorities.

N.B. Marriages taking place outside of Ireland (other than Rome), are subject to strict stipulation by most dioceses. The couple should first contact their local priest.

As you make plans for the happiest day of your life, remember this is a day that should be stress fee. Therefore, any time spent in the planning of this day will make it truly memorable. So with the choices you make and the options you take, may we wish you both a perfect day.