Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for taking the first step in considering a Catholic marriage ceremony as you commit to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives in a permanent, exclusive and mutual love relationship.
In marriage couples devote themselves to God through commitment to each other and then in turn to their family life.
A Catholic marriage ceremony may either be a ‘Nuptial Mass’ or a ‘Wedding Ceremony’, and must be witnessed by a Priest or a Deacon. The sacrament of Marriage is important for the wider community because it reminds us of the faithful, never-ending love that God has for humanity and highlights the giving-unto-death love that was so much a part of Jesus’ living and dying.
Marriages are conducted at almost all of the churches in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and every effort will be made to try and accommodate requests for times, locations and a particular celebrant. However it is advisable to start enquiring sooner rather than later.
Your first step is to contact the Parish Office on 02 6543 1167 to check the availability of the date and location of your marriage.
Before getting married in a Catholic church, all couples will be asked to reflect on their commitment to each other and are urged to undertake marriage education to prepare for married life.
Marriage education is a vital, yet often overlooked, part of preparing for your life partnership with your loved one. CatholicCare has a selection of courses for married and soon-to-be married couples that assist you in preparing for, and maintaining, your commitment to each other.