The giving and receiving in love that is at the centre of marriage is seen in the Church as one of the primary revelations of God’s love in our world. The intensity of the bond between a man and a woman is so strong, that the Christian tradition has held that they have become one flesh. This union is so rich and holy that it is a revelation of the intensity of God’s love and a sign and symbol of the divine love for humanity. Lived out in the challenges and demands of ordinary life together, the married couple discovers its particular intensity in the rearing of children.
For those considering marriage within the Catholic Church, the preparations offered go beyond the Wedding Service to support and advice in living the practical and spiritual dimensions of life together in Christ. Marriage preparation courses are offered through the parish and through Centacare, which offers FOCCUS, the Pre-Marriage Education Programme. See https://www.centacarecq.com/family-marriage/foccus-pre-marriage-education-program. It is both a Civil and Church requirement that all couple prior to marriage participate in a Diocesan approved preparation programme.
For the wedding ceremony, there are a number of practical elements needed. The minimum period of notice required of a couple’s intention to marry is six months. However, ideally couples should give twelve months’ notice to the celebrant, and to the Church.
You will also need to provide:
- Birth certificates (full or extracts)
- Baptismal certificates from the church where you were baptised (if this is not possible, e.g. the Registers have been burned in a Church fire, a signed letter from a parent or adult who can verify your baptism will suffice.)
For further details, please contact your Parish Office.
For frequently asked questions about Marriage in the Catholic Church, please look at – Marriage in the Catholic Church – FAQ