Marriage

Marriage Preparation

Please read the information below and then speak with the Parish Secretary on 8522 0300  before booking a church or reception venue for your wedding. Couples must provide necessary documentation before a booking for marriage can be confirmed by the Church. Once documentation is provided and it is confirmed that the marriage is able to be celebrated in the Catholic Church, couples will generally meet with one of our clergy (Priest or deacon) three times in the lead up to their wedding, in addition to undertaking a marriage education and preparation course.

The celebrant (priest/deacon) for  the wedding will assist you with preparing the church celebration for the day, helping to coordinate readings, church decorations, music, booklets and other appropriate items in the church.

Preparing For A Catholic Wedding

Give at least six months’ notice to the officiating priest. One month’s notice is obligatory by law, but the longer notice requested allows for a calm and serious preparation for marriage. Couples are required to attend a Marriage Preparation Program. Sometimes people who have not been to Church for a while can be apprehensive about approaching the Church for a wedding. Since marriage can be a time of rediscovering one’s faith and making a new start, please do not hesitate to discuss your situation with the priest.

Documents Required For Marriage in the Catholic Church

The Notification of Intention to Marry Form must be signed no less than one month prior to the wedding day. Each person must obtain the following documents and provide these to the Church.

1. Birth Certificate – Available from Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages
2. Government Photo ID – A passport, drivers licence, etc.
3. Updated Baptism Certificate for the Catholic parties – A new baptismal certificate issued within the previous six months, which is available by contacting the place where you were baptised. Send or ring your Parish of baptism and request a full baptismal certificate in preparation for marriage – they will require your full name and estimated date of baptism.
4.  Baptism Certificate for Christians who are not Catholics. 

5. If either party has been married before:
5.1 Death certificate of former spouse
or
5.2 Decree of Nullity (from the Catholic Marriage tribunal) AND a Civil Divorce Decree.

Marrying A Non-Catholic

Permission can be given for a Catholic to marry someone who is not a Catholic, provided that the Catholic promises to safeguard his/her own Catholic faith and to do all in his/her power to have the children of the marriage baptised and brought up as Catholic. The partner who is not a Catholic is not required to make any promises but is informed of the expectations the Church has of the Catholic partner.

Prayer Of The Couple

Father of life and love, you created us in your image – woman and man. We rejoice and thank you for the gift of each other. Sustain us in our love and lead us to a deeper understanding of your love. Jesus, we come before you, seeking your guidance and direction in our relationship. In marriage you call and challenge us to a permanent, exclusive and sacred friendship. Be our strength and support, therefore, as we continue this journey together. Holy Spirit, help us to strive towards a lasting, honest commitment united in love. Give us your strength to carry each other in times of darkness, your joy in times of happiness, and your gift of awe in the uniqueness and sacredness of each other. May our love be a reflection and a sign of your love in the world. Amen.

Marriage Counselling and Preparation Courses

Contact: CatholicCare Marriage and Family Counselling Services
Tel: (02) 9283 4899 / Fax: (02) 9267 1653
Email: mre@catholiccare.org
Website: www.catholiccare.org

Marriage Course: https://www.catholiccare.org/family-and-Individual-services/counselling-and-relationships/marriage-and-relationship-education/

The Catholic Church has a network of official marriage counselling agencies throughout greater Sydney. The official Catholic welfare agency of the Church, CatholicCare is accredited by the Australian Attorney-General under the provision of the Family Law Act. CatholicCare employs staff who are well skilled in the counselling process and who are familiar with the Catholic teachings and traditions about marriage and divorce. Hence they are able to be of significant help in times of marital disharmony and imminent separation. CatholicCare marriage counselling programs are available to couples or individuals, Catholics and non-Catholics

Marriage Annulment

Contact: Tribunal of the Catholic Church
Tel: (02) 9390 5120 / Fax: (02) 9267 2498
Email:admin@sydneytribunal.org.au
Website: https://www.sydneycatholic.org/directory/listing/tribunal-of-the-catholic-church

Mission: To minister to those in need of canonical assistance in all areas of Church life, especially marriage and the sacramental life of the Church, by providing information, personnel, and canonical expertise in keeping the letter and spirit of Canon Law.
Because of the clear teaching of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church does not recognise the remarriage of a divorced person while the first partner is still living. In the same way it cannot recognise the marriage of a single person to someone who has been divorced. Sometimes cases arise where the first marriage is, for a number of reasons, not recognised as valid according to the practice of the Catholic Church. If one of the partners has been divorced, you should discuss the precise circumstances of the situation with the priest. Church law about the annulment of marriages can sometimes be complex and specialist advice may be required. The priest will be able to refer you to the office in the Archdiocese that deals with these cases.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Contact: Miranda Catholic Parish Centre, Kiora Rd, Miranda,
2nd Thursday of the month or by appointment.
Ph: 02 9531 1871
Website: www.natfamplan.com.au

Mission: To teach married couples, and couples preparing for marriage, about ways to achieve or postpone pregnancy through methods approved by the Catholic Church. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a program designed for married couples that reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and the family. It promotes openness to human life, and recognises the value of the child. The program calls for mutual responsibility and communication between the husband and the wife. If you have questions or would like to know more about NFP, please call one of the offices.