Sunday, October 22, 2017

Matrimony

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The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered towards 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.

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate His love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other and both are equal in human dignity. In marriage, both are united in an unbreakable bond.

By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.” Through this liturgical celebration of marriage, husband and wife enter into a covenant which is also a Sacrament.

We are delighted that you have chosen to celebrate your commitment to life and to love here with us at the church of Saint Patrick. Below are some guidelines to help with your wedding arrangements:

Procedures

Check with the parish office that the church is available on the selected date, then confirm with the priest that he is free to preside at the wedding. Do this at least six months in advance. Once you have established that both the church and the priest are available, complete and return the Wedding Booking Form to the parish office to confirm the booking

The Diocese requires couples to attend the Marriage Preparation Course or the Catholic Engaged Encounter before the wedding. Places are limited, so please make inquiries six months to a year ahead.

Apply to the Registry of Marriages for permission to marry, if you are not already married at the Registry. ROM requires at least 21 days’ notice to grant the approval / license

Fix a date for an interview with the priest and bring along the following documents:

  • Birth certificates and NRICs / Passports of both parties
  • Baptismal Certificates from church(es) of baptism, issued within the past six (6) months
  • Full names, NRICs / Passport number(s) and tel. number(s) of two (2) witnesses
  • Original Notice of Marriage (from Registry of Marriages) or Certificate of Marriage (if previously registered at ROM)
  • Certificate of completion of Engaged Encounter Weekend or Marriage Preparation Course

As a Catholic you are required to baptize and bring up your children in the Catholic faith. In a mixed marriage both the parties will be required to sign a statement that you will abide by this requirement.

For the wedding day proper, decide if your wedding is going to be celebrated within a Mass or a Service. A wedding mass can be celebrated on any weekday subject to availability of the priest and the church. No wedding masses will be permitted on Sundays. However the priest will conduct a wedding service.

Church Expenses

To cover the utility costs, floral decorations and other operating expenses, a small donation is requested. This is to be given to the parish office at least one one month before your wedding.

Wedding Booklets

Many couples choose to provide wedding booklets, especially for their guests, who may be unfamiliar with the Catholic Rite of Marriage. If you wish to do so, do consult your priest on the accuracy of the text before sending it to the printers.

Rehearsals

You are welcome to use the church for a rehearsal before your wedding. Please make the necessary arrangements with your priest and contact the Parish Office to make a booking for an appropriate date and time.

Photography and Video Recording

You are free to choose anyone you wish for the photography or video recording of your wedding. Please note that in order to maintain respect for the sacred spaces photographers may not enter the Altar area.

Reception

If you wish to use the multipurpose hall for your wedding reception, please make your booking through the parish office at least one month in advance.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the priest who will be presiding at your wedding.