“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)
Marriage Preparation in Our Parish
Phone or email the Parish Office and ask for an appointment with the priest or before booking the church or function hall for the wedding.
Preparing For a Catholic Wedding
Give at least six months’ notice to the officiating priest. Couples will be recommended 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, you should not hesitate to discuss your situation with the priest.
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.
Contact: CatholicCare Marriage and Family Counselling Services
Tel: (02) 9283 4899 / Fax: (02) 9267 1653
Another Agency conducting Marriage preparation Program is Catholic Adult Education Centre, Lidcombe. They could be contacted on 02-96469010; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also Contact the Parish Office, to arrange a counselling session with the Parish Priest.
Contact: Tribunal of the Catholic Church
Tel: (02) 9390 5120 / Fax: (02) 9267 2498
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
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.