About Christian Marriage
Congratulations on your engagement and your upcoming wedding.
In matrimony, a man and woman pledge to live as one, in a permanent, exclusive and mutual love relationship. They form a new community (sometimes called the ‘domestic’ Church) that shows forth the love, equality, and hope of true followers of Jesus. This is an ongoing and visible symbol to all people of:
- God’s continuing creative activity;
- God’s unconditional love for God’s people; and
- Jesus Christ’s undying love relationship with the Church.
A Catholic marriage ceremony may either be a nuptial mass or a wedding ceremony, and it must be witnessed by a priest or a deacon.
The first step towards making a booking for marriage at one of our churches is to register your interest by completing the online form or contacting the Parish Office. Once the time and venue are agreed, correspondence with details of requirements, costs, etc. will be sent to you so planning can proceed.
Marriage ceremony FAQs
Marriages are conducted at all five of our inner city churches. Further information about by visiting our churches.
Marriages are celebrated at the following times:
- at 2.30pm and 4.00pm on Saturdays
- other days by arrangement with the Parish Office.
Bookings are often made 12-18 months in advance. To register interest in booking your preferred church, please complete the online form or contact the Parish Office (we ask that one or both of the parties to be married make this contact). Details you need to include are the preference of venue, date, time and if you would like to request a particular celebrant. We will review your application and advise you of availability as soon as practicable.
Please Note: The online form is a registration of interest only, not a booking. After you submit the form, a Parish staff member will be in touch with further details of available options and procedures if you decide to go ahead with your marriage ceremony in St Benedict’s Parish.
You will be invited to participate in a marriage preparation course, offered by the CatholicCare Hunter-Manning. A member of the Parish staff will discuss this further when your booking is confirmed.
The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane has produced a useful brochure on Celebrating Marriage in a Catholic Church. This information provides a useful summary of the background and requirements for marriage in a Catholic Church. You might want to read this document before contacting the Parish Office.
When Catholics come to celebrate sacraments, particularly baptism and marriage, it is traditional to give an offering of money. This money is not given to the individual priest but goes to support the clergy of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle as a whole.
In addition to this tradition, a fee is payable for the use of the Church building. This fee helps the Parish community maintain the building. The fee varies and is explained further by the Parish Office during the booking process.
True financial hardship will never prevent a Catholic wedding from taking place.
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