Marriage

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"He answered, 'Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and the two become one flesh? They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.' (Matthew 19: 4-6)

The Sacrament of  Marriage, also called Matrimony,  celebrates and witnesses the covenant of love between two people and symbolises in that union Christ's covenant of love for the Church. The Catholic Church believes that the marriage bond is sacred and permanent. In the wedding ceremony the bride and groom administer the sacrament to each other by their declaration of consent. In this awesome and holy act, they are filled with the Holy Spirit who strengthens them for their life together.

It is the way by which a baptized man and woman establish between themselves a lifelong partnership for their mutual good and for the procreation and education of children.

The Sacrament of Matrimony is one of the two sacraments of vocation. The other is Holy Orders.

Mixed Marriage

A Mixed Marriage is a marriage where either the bride or groom is a non Catholic. In a mixed marriage, the Catholic; person must promise:

  • To remain a Catholic.
  • To see to it that the children are baptised and are brought up as Catholics.

Also, the Catholic party must inform the non-Catholic of these promises.

In a mixed marriage, the non-Catholic should be encouraged to take a course of instructions, so that he or she may learn something about the Catholic religion, since the children have to be reared in the Catholic religion. So, if you intend to marry a non-Catholic, bring him or her to the priest to begin instructions three or four months before the wedding.

What are the effects of the Sacrament of Marriage?

The effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony are:

  • To sanctify the love of husband and wife;
  • To give them grace to bear with each other's weaknesses;
  • To enable them to bring up their children in the fear and love of God.


Requirements

Only those who have been baptised and are free to marry may receive the sacrament.  The only way a Catholic can be married is in the presence of a Catholic priest and two witnesses.

A Catholic who goes through a marriage ceremony before anyone other than a Catholic priest is not married.

The priest will require either a full copy or extract of your birth certificate. In addition, a baptismal certificate is required by the Catholic party or parties that is not more than 6 months old, before the date of the wedding. Certificates can be obtained from the church at which you were baptised. These should be presented to the priest at your mariage preparation meeting.

Preparation For Marriage

The Church believes in the sacredness of marriage and urges couples to prepare well for this special day and married life. The aims of marriage preparation courses are several: to support you in recognising the need for good communication and constant love; to help you to examine the level of commitment that is required for married life; to assist you in understanding the Church's teaching on the sacrament of marriage and the vocation to married life; and to explain the Church's teaching on sexual morality. In addition, the course provides an opportunity to prepare for your marriage ceremony.

"The Archdiocese of Sydney desires that all couples who are to be married in the Archdiocese be prepared in accordance with the norms outlined in "Marriage Preparation In The Archdiocese of Sydney" booklet.

Place Of Marriage

The Church is the place where the Community gathers for Eucharist, and where she welcomes new members in the sacraments of initiation. It is most fitting that it is also the place where the Church witnesses the sacrament of marriage. The celebration of marriage in a Catholic Church is a reminder that this is the celebration of a sacrament, that your life as husband and wife is blessed and sustained throughout the marriage by the presence and love of God.

What happens During the Wedding Ceremony?

What happens during a Catholic wedding depends in part on what form the wedding takes.

    • If you celebrate your wedding during a Mass, you can expect all of the elements of a typical Sunday Mass. The Rite of Marriage, which includes the exchange of consent (vows) and the exchange of rings, occurs immediately after the homily. In addition, the Mass includes several prayers and blessings for the bride and groom.

    • If you celebrate your wedding outside of Mass, the wedding will begin with the liturgy of the word (Scripture readings), followed by a homily and the Rite of Marriage. The Prayers of the Faithful follow, and the ceremony concludes with a blessing of the couple.

Whichever form you choose, the height of a Catholic wedding occurs when the couple exchanges consent to be married. The effects of the sacrament of matrimony are described beautifully by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The consent by which the spouses mutually give and receive one another is sealed by God himself. From their covenant arises "an institution, confirmed by the divine law, . . . even in the eyes of society." The covenant between the spouses is integrated into God's covenant with man: "Authentic married love is caught up into divine love." (1639)

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Celebrating Your Marriage at OLMC Church, Mt Pritchard.

Arrangements for a wedding must be made at least six months in advance in our parish. Please contact the Parish Office.

Please note: The Archdiocese of Sydney desires that all couples who are to be married in the Archdiocese be prepared in accordance with the norms outlined in "Marriage Preparation In The Archdiocese of Sydney" booklet.

Click here for a copy of the booklet: Marriage Preparation Booklet For The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Attendance at a Pre-Marriage course is encouraged. Bookings for Marriage Preparation courses can be made through CatholicCare on 9393 5155 or other agencies in Sydney. See your priest for advice.

Click here for the CatholicCare Website http://www.CatholicCare.org

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