Wedding Guidelines for
St Therese Catholic Church Mascot
BOOKING (as from January 2017)
- A proposed time and date should be checked by contacting the Parish Office on 9667 3040 or email@example.com
- A Tentative Booking date is only held for only four weeks from date of enquiry.
- To confirm Wedding Booking date a completed Booking Form together with the Church Offering Donation.
Church Offering Donation:
- For a couple living within the Parish Boundary – $300.00
- For a couple living outside the Parish Boundary – $400.00
- Cancellations must be received in writing.
- Phone cancellations are not acceptable.
- A cancellation fee of $50.00 will be charged.
- Your refund will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.
- The Parish Priest is available to officiate at your wedding.
- If for any reason he is not available
- any Catholic priest or deacon registered with the civil authorities as a Celebrant of Marriage may officiate;
- the Parish Priest must be advised in advanced and give his approval;
- the celebrant’s name, address, and telephone number to be given to the secretary at the time of booking;
- if the priest is from another diocese, permission must be obtained.
Offerings for the Priest Celebrant:
- That donation is a personal gift from the couple to the priest.
- It covers marriage preparation, planning for the ceremony, conducting the ceremony and legal documentation.
- There is a minimum donation of $400.00 to the celebrant.
- If you arrange your own celebrant from outside the Parish, it is best to speak to the celebrant himself in regards to this matter.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM
- These are recommended by both the Church and Government.
- Information can be obtained from:
Catholic Care – Marriage and Relationship Education
Phone: (02) 9509 1234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birth Certificate.
- A Baptism Certificate – Especially For Marriage Purposes:
- issued within 6 months of the date of marriage;
- Up to date copy of the Baptism Certificate to be obtained by contacting the Church.
- If either party has been married before:
- Death certificate of former spouse;
- OR decree of nullity (from the Catholic Marriage Tribunal) AND Civil Divorce Decree.
- Marriage ceremonies in the Church follow ‘The Rite of Marriage’
- Marriages when both parties are Catholics may be celebrated with a Nuptial Mass.
This presupposes that the couple attend Sunday Mass regularly thus being prepared for the reception of the Eucharist during their Nuptial Mass.
- In the case of Mixed Marriages (where one party to the marriage is not a Catholic), the Church requires –
- that the Catholic party have its permission to contract such a marriage;
- the Catholic party must also intend to continue living the catholic faith, and to pass on that faith to their children;
- the non-Catholic party is asked to recognise and appreciate the Church’ s concerns;
- the ceremony in a mixed marriage usually follows the Rite of Marriage Outside Mass.
- At least one month in advance of ceremony.
- Must be arranged with your Celebrant and the Parish Secretary.
TIME OF ARRIVAL
- Ceremony must commence at time arranged.
- Late arrival by bride could result in service being shortened.
- Avoid upsets by making punctuality a priority out of respect for the priest and your guests.
MUSIC FOR CEREMONY
- Music chosen for the wedding should be in keeping and respect for the Church.
- The Church makes no special floral arrangements for weddings.
- You are required to make your own arrangements.
- Only Pew decorations attached by ribbons are allowed.
- Pew decorations not removed after the ceremony will be disposed of.
- No Altar flowers during Lent, Palm Sunday and Advent. (Floral arrangements will need to be brought in and removed after the ceremony.)
- Respectful use of camera/video is permitted during the ceremony.
- Professional photographers should discuss this with celebrant before the ceremony.
THROWING OF CONFETTI
- Use of confetti, rice, flower petals etc strictly forbidden within –
- St. Therese Church;
- the Church steps;
- and/or on any other part of the Church property.
- The Celebrant should be consulted about the contents, and approved by him before printing.
- Booklet must be in accordance with the Rite of marriage of the Roman Catholic Church as approved for use in Australia.
- Bridal cars only may park in the special space in front of the church.
- No parking whatsoever is allowed within the church grounds or driveway.
Download Wedding Booking Form here.