THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY
In the Catholic Church, marriage is more than just the union of two people. Within this incredible sacrament God bestows His grace upon the man and women to bring them together in covenant (sacred promise) with each other.
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 us.
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St Raphael's Church, Lowe Street
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There are many beautiful churches within our parish, which are available to your to celebrate your special day. Please check the following details for each church. You can always contact the parish office for more information.
Generally weddings are celebrated on Saturdays,
or Fridays (only during school holidays).
St Gregory’s, Molonglo St, Queanbeyan
St Raphael’s, Lowe Street, Queanbeyan
St Patrick's, Michelago
The allocated times for wedding celebrations
St Raphael’s: 2pm & 3:30pm
St Gregory’s: 2pm & 3.30 pm
Michelago, please enquire with the parish office
All numbers are approximate
St Raphael’s: 500 people (during COVID 200)
St Gregory’s: 110 people (max) during COVID 78)
St Patrick's Michelago: 140 people (during COVID 90)
Your celebrant will speak to you about two possible options for marriage preparation, you may choose to complete one or both.
the first is the FOCCUS Marriage Preparation Program run through CatholicCare, and is held on the first Tuesday of the Month. Please note, the cost for this program is $340.00.
The second option is the Evenings for the engaged program, which can be run over a night a week for 5 weeks or 2 consecutive Saturdays.
Information & Bookings: Mark and Kathy Haseler 02 61667634.
Please contact your celebrant after you have completed the relevant course (approximately three-four months prior to your wedding day) to make an appointment to further address your preparation for marriage.
St Gregory's Church, Molongo Street - Bel Combridge photography
BOOKING & PAPERWORK
Due to the personal and sometimes complex nature of wedding ceremonies, a booking is only able to be completed by contacting the parish office in person or over the phone.
Certificates required for each partner:
Copy of Birth Certificates - full Certificates with registration number
Any Deed-Poll for Change of Name (if applicable)
Naturalisation Certificate (if applicable)
Baptismal Certificates with confirmation date, and not older than 6 months prior to the Marriage date (not only Catholic but all other Christian Religions as well)
Photo identification: current drivers licence or passport.
All couples are required to give at least six (6) months notice of Intended Marriage and attend a Pre-Marriage Preparation Course.
Six months prior to the wedding date, you will need to make an appointment to meet with the parish priest to complete paperwork.
Your Celebrant will need to sight your Birth & Baptism Certificates and initiate the necessary paperwork.
The copy of the Baptism certificate must have been issued within 6 months. (Contact the parish where you were Baptised and they will issue an extract from their register.)
In you wish to celebrate your marriage in our parish, but belong to another parish, you will need to obtain a permission letter from your own parish priest. Please contact your parish for the relevant paperwork.
There are some options for music at your wedding.
1.For no additional cost you can use the church's sound system to play music from a CD or mp3 player. This applies only for St Raphael's church.
2. External musicians are more than welcome at your wedding however, at the discretion of your celebrant.
3. An organ is available for use at St Raphael's church. There is no organ at St Gregory's church. For music at St Gregory's church you will have to bring your own CD player.
Due to differing popularity, there are different prices for the churches within our parish.
- St Raphael’s, Lowe Street - $850 ($550*)
- St Gregory’s, Molonglo Street - $1000.00 ($650*)
- Michelago, $650
The cost includes an offering to the celebrant for his preparation of the ceremony.
A deposit of $200 is required within 1 week of booking the church and 50% is to be paid by 6 months prior to the wedding date, Thank you.
You can make this payment through our online portal by following the link below
*Altered prices for families who participate in the parish's planned giving program.
Most couples prepare a marriage booklet or Order of Service. Your celebrant will help you.
Please purchase and arrange your own flowers.
Note: you can look at the existing flowers in the Church as the wedding day approaches and if you would like additional flowers you can bring some extra ones on the Friday beforehand or the Saturday morning.
Some vases are available for your use. If there is more than one wedding on the day, we will notify you so that you might come to a suitable arrangement with the other couple.
Rehearsal is usually held on the Friday night before the wedding.
Prior to your wedding you will need to arrange with your celebrant and parish secretary for a convenient time to practice. The entire wedding party and any readers should attend the rehearsal.
There is no objection to the ceremony being photographed or videoed as long as the filming is done discreetly.
No spotlights are to be used and no camera access to the sanctuary.
The celebrant would appreciate you asking your photographer to make contact with him when they arrive at the church for the ceremony.
Please no rice or confetti.