FOR MARRIAGE PREPARATION
these guidelines and contract carefully and keep for further reference)
can be booked for the following times
Monday - Friday by appointment (During Lent, wedding service only)
Saturday : 1pm or 3pm
Sundays: NO WEDDINGS
NOTE: No alchohol is permitted under any circumstances on any of the Parish
address: P.O. Box 150 (24 Garrett St), Moss Vale NSW 2577
Phone: (02) 4868 1931 Fax: (02) 4869 3586
E-Mail for weddings only: wedding.mossvale @ dow.org.au
IN ST PAULS PARISH
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
CONFIRMATION OF TENTATIVE BOOKINGS
THE CELEBRANT AT THE WEDDING
PLEASE PRODUCE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WHEN YOU MEET YOUR
WEDDING CHECK LIST
WEDDING BOOKING FORMS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
choices need to be discussed with your Priest
TEXTS FOR THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY
NUPTIAL MASS / WEDDING SERVICE
CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING MUSIC: Music in a Christian Wedding
DECORATION OF THE CHURCH
CONFETTI, BUBBLES AND CANDLES
CANCELLATIONS OF WEDDINGS
RETURN OF BOND MONEY
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
WEDDINGS IN ST PAUL'S PARISH
Welcome to St Paul's Parish, Moss Vale. Thank you for considering to celebrate
your wedding in our parish. You are very welcome, however, we do ask that
you please respect our prayer space as this is the place where the Catholic
community of Moss Vale Worships. Return to Contents
In the course of our life, there are moments which are celebrated with
special emphasis and care. These moments are called Sacraments and are
celebrated with the faith community. In Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist,
we are born through water and the Holy Spirit into God's household. When
our relationship within and outside the household of faith are tangled
or even severed, these ties are restored through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Some are called to minister to the community and are ordained for service
as Deacons, Priests or Bishops. When one of us falls ill, we gather around
the sick with prayer and anointing. And when a man and a woman fall in
love and make their commitment before God and the church, we gather with
them in moments of joyful promise as they become ministers of the Sacrament
of Marriage to one another. Return to Contents
Sunday Eucharist before marriage.
point towards the Eucharist. Here is the very essence of our Christian
Life. Our whole tradition has upheld the weekly community celebration
together as church, as the minimum necessary to maintain and to nourish
the life of the Spirit within us. If we have been somewhat neglectful
in this regard until now, the marriage engagement period is an excellent
time to have a change of heart and to begin afresh our weekly participation
in the Sunday Eucharist. By your participation in the Sunday Eucharist,
you show that you are part of the Catholic community and desire to celebrate
a Catholic wedding and form a Catholic family.
This is also
a good opportunity for you to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
and receive the healing touch of Christ in your life, while preparing
for the Sacrament of Marriage. Reconciliation times in our church are
on Saturdays between 5.00 and 5.30 p.m. or on request.
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Marriage is a Sacrament, a serious lifelong commitment. It is not merely
a matter of arranging for the reception, filling in the necessary papers
and getting to the church on time. As part of the preparation for marriage,
it is necessary that the bridal couple receive instruction for married
life. This is done by attending a Catholic Church approved marriage preparation
course. We firmly insist on your participating in this course because
we feel it is important to spend time reflecting on your future life together.
No matter how well you know each other, being married is very different
from being single. As we are all aware marriages do break down so We feel
that it is important for you to explore ways of communicating with each
other and how to handle finances, stress and conflict, which are a part
of everyday life. The Catholic Church recommends that all couples attend
an approved Catholic marriage preparation course. Links detailing courses
run by Catholic Adult Education, CatholicCare, Embrace and Engaged Encounters
are found on our website. Return to Contents
OF TENTATIVE BOOKINGS
Within a month of booking the Church, you are required to send the duly
completed and signed Booking Form together with the full payment as outlined
in the Church Offering section below.
If you are paying by Credit Card please add a service charge of 0.58%.
Your booking is AUTOMATICALLY CANCELLED if your form and payment are not
returned within the required time. The bond will be refunded after the
ceremony if all the conditions in these guidelines have been respected.
All or part of the bond money will be withheld if any part of these guidelines
is not respected or in the case of any disrespectful behaviour. Details
on the procedure for return of bond money is outlined below.
ticked or indicated that you have been perviously married, you must meet
with the Parish Priest (or the Priest Celebrant you have asked) before
a confirmed booking can be made. Return to Contents.
For St. Francis Xavier Church at Berrima,
we ask for a contribution of $1225 (this includes a Stipend for the Priest
and other related preparation costs), payable upon confirmation of booking,
together with a $200 bond. The church offering covers general running
and maintenance costs, being a total of $1425.
- All cheques
are to be made payable to St Paul's Parish.
card facilities are also available (please note all credit card transactions
incur a service charge of 0.58%).
the other chuches in our Parish we ask for a contribution of
$1100 which includes a $200 bond.
Credit card facilities are also available (please note all credit card
transactions incur a service charge of 0.58%).
Church of Our Lady of Mercy at Penrose Park is not included in the above.
Please Contact the Pauline Fathers directly to make enquires regarding
the use of this Church for weddings.
the Parish office during office hours (details above) if you have any
The times for weddings are: Saturdays 1pm and 3pm; Monday to Friday by
NO WEDDINGS ON ANY SUNDAY
must be on time on the wedding day. Arriving late inconveniences many
people. Punctuality is of utmost importance.
When considering the time for your wedding, please be mindful that there
may be other bookings for the Church on the same day. It is important
that your arrival and commencement of your ceremony takes this into account
and that you avoid discomfort to yourself, guests, the Priest and others
by being on time. Some Brides in the past have obviously not treated their
responsibility in this regard with the seriousness it deserves. To emphasise
the importance of this it has become necessary to include the timely commencement
of the wedding service as a condition for refund of the bond.
Please inform your celebrant, guests and photographers that you have to
abide by these guidelines. Return to Contents
CELEBRANT AT THE WEDDING
The Parish Priest of Moss Vale is available to celebrate weddings in our
parish. It is the responsibility of the couple to book the Priest and
to organise a meeting with him three months before their wedding. Any
Catholic Priest or deacon can celebrate weddings in our parish. With the
celebrant the couple will decide whether they are to have a nuptial Mass
or a wedding service. Return to Contents
If you require the use of the church for a rehearsal prior to your wedding
you can arrange this by ringing the parish secretary during office hours:
Mon, Thurs or Friday 9am to 1pm or Wednesday 12 noon to 5pm. Due to other
church commitments, each wedding rehearsal will be limited to thirty minutes
only. Return to Contents
PRODUCE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WHEN YOU MEET YOUR CELEBRANT
OR FOREIGN PASSPORT
The law requires Australian born persons to present an original birth
A recently issued certificate is required in the case of all baptised
persons. This can be obtained by contacting the church where the baptism
took place. It is normal procedure to ask for a recently issued baptism
certificate for marriage purposes.
You need to know the date and place of Confirmation
a meeting with your Priest to fill in the PRE-NUPTIAL INQUIRY AND NOTICE
OF INTENDED MARRIAGE papers at least six months
before the wedding. Birth, Baptism and any other certificates
need to be presented at this time.
is your responsibility with the assistance of the Registered Minister
of Marriage (Priest) to complete all required paperwork within the specified
time or you may jeopardize the ceremony taking place.
note: due to the high volume of weddings
within our parish we are unable to chase you up, this is your
FOLLOWING NEED TO BE DISCUSSED WITH YOUR PRIEST
If either party has been through any form of marriage before, no matter
where or when, it is very important to discuss this with your Priest before
making a firm booking. In these cases the death certificate of the previous
spouse, a certificate of annulment of the previous marriage and divorce
papers have to be supplied. Return to Contents
At least one party has to be Catholic for the church to be used for a
wedding. When one partner is not a Catholic, the Catholic party will be
asked to sign and answer the question, "Do you sincerely promise
to do all in your power to share your faith with your children by having
them baptised and brought up in the Catholic Church?" A dispensation
must be obtained from the Bishop of the Diocese of the Catholic party.
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FOR THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY
The texts of the marriage rite are available from the links below or from
the Parish Office. The couple is invited to choose their scripture readings,
and other options, to personalise their wedding celebration. The minimum
requirement is a reading from the New Testament, a Responsorial Psalm,
Gospel Acclamation and the Gospel (The Gospel is always read by the Priest).
of Matrimony Text: with
a Nuptial Mass
of Matrimony Text:
of Matrimony Text: with
a non-baptised and without Mass
note that the New Rite of Matrimony Texts above are compulsory in weddings
from Ash Wednesday 2016.
to choose from: New
translation Wedding readings
MASS / WEDDING SERVICE
If a nuptial mass is to be celebrated, the Priest decides whether the
bridal couple should receive both the Body and the Blood of Christ. On
the occasion of a marriage of mixed religion or non-practising Catholics,
a service is usually preferred. The decision, however, is to be made in
consultation with the Priest. Return to Contents
The couples need to organise readers for the Scripture readings. The readers
need to be able to proclaim the reading clearly and intelligibly.
The minimum requirement is a reading from the Old Testament, a Responsorial
Psalm, Alleluia Verse and the Gospel (The Gospel is always read by the
YOUR WEDDING MUSIC
Music in a Catholic Wedding Service.
Music is a
servant in worship. It is never to be done for its own sake within a celebration
of Christian worship. Music chosen for your wedding should be chosen to
suit the different parts of the whole celebration. The text/lyrics of
sung pieces should always respect the Church, which is a place of worship.
"Performance" type music must be avoided. Music should be chosen
from Classical or Church music. Good taste and dignity will determine
what is sung, by whom, when and how. These should be discussed with the
are based upon an understanding of the reality being celebrated. Popular
music, live Broadway musicals, pop, movies and contemprary music are not
allowed during the celebration. As a matter of adhering to our guidelines,
please send your choice of music to the parish office before finalising
any musician. It is the bridal couple's responsibility to organise the
musicians. Costs and payment arrangements are to be discussed directly
with the musicians chosen.
There is a
list of music , from which couples are to choose. Couples are therefore
obliged that their selection be taken from this list. Unauthorised music
selection may result in a breach of contract with the Parish.
music needs to be verified prior to your wedding. Please use
forrm to submit your request.
MUSIC COPYRIGHT APPROVAL: Any music used before, during or after the wedding must be either covered under the Parish Copyright Licence (refer to our list) or the couple must obtain their own copyright and produce same in writing before submitting music for approval.
The following acknowledgments must be included in the booklet.
Excerpts from the English translation of the Rite of Marriage © 1969, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)” and “Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, ICEL”.
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Photographs may be taken before the celebration. Professional photographers
are permitted to take pictures during the celebration provided they do
not become a distraction. This norm helps to preserve the true reverence
for the celebration. Videos are permitted. Please request the photographer
or videographer to introduce themselves to the celebrant prior to the
celebration. Return to Contents
OF THE CHURCH
The ONLY decorations permitted in our church are FLOWERS and PEW DECORATIONS.
Please speak to your Priest regarding any flower
Pew decorations are understood as being a length of ribbon material secured
to the pew end.
Please consider the solemnity of the Lenten period by using minimal flowers
in the sanctuary.
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NO THUMB TACKS, BLUE TAC OR STICKY TAPE OF ANY KIND IS TO BE USED ON THE
PEWS, CHAIRS OR CHURCH FURNITURE. NO DECORATIONS PERMITTED ON CANDLE-STANDS,
ALTAR OR AMBO. YOU NEED TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARRANGE FOR SOMEONE TO REMOVE
YOUR WEDDING BOOKLETS FROM THE PEWS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WEDDING.
BUBBLES AND CANDLES
The church and the grounds are cleaned in preparation for weekend services
and weddings. You are therefore advised that FLOWER PETALS, CONFETTI OR
RICE ARE NOT PERMITTED either inside or outside the church. USE OF CANDLES
AS DECORATIONS IS PROHIBITED. Past experience has shown that soap water
used for bubbles causes damage to the carpet and the pews, BUBBLE BOTTLES
SHOULD BE KEPT OUTSIDE THE CHURCH Return to Contents
Under no circumstances are vehicles to obstruct the entry and exit to
the church or grounds. Also note that there is a 5-tonne load limit in
the church grounds.
If you decide to cancel you booking, please notify the celebrant, the
church and musicians, in writing, as soon as possible. Others may be anxious
to make use of the time you have reserved. Return to Contents
OF BOND MONEY
After the wedding, please apply in writing to the Parish secretary, to
confirm details for the accurate return of your bond. Bond money will
be withheld if any part of these guidelines is not respected or in the
case of any disrespectful behaviour. In these cases the decision of the
Parish Priest is final. The bond must be claimed within six months
of your wedding or it is taken that your intention is to donate the bond
to the Parish.
PLEASE NOTE CAREFULLY: Celebrating a wedding in our church does not give
you the right to baptise your children in this church. Children should
be baptised in the parish to which the family belongs. Normally this is
the parish where the family lives, or the parish where the family attends
Check List which will assist you in preparing for your wedding in
read the information
letter and the Memorandum of Understanding before filling in the booking form. It is very imporant to
check with the parish office to ensure that your date is available before
filling in the booking
If you decide to book the church, please return the booking form and full
payment (Credit Card, cheque, money order or cash) to St Paul's Parish,
PO Box 150, Moss Vale 2577.
Credit card payments incur a service charge of 0.58% - please add to the
amount before submitting the Credit
Card Payment Authority Form.
NOTE: We do not have direct debit facilities.
If the form and deposit are not received 30 days after contacting the
office with a tentative date, the date will no longer be reserved.
NOTE: When the booking for your wedding is confirmed, the contract
is signed and the fee is paid. This does not give the couples the right
to make demands. The fee is established to maintain the churches as no
church within the Parish is less than 80 years old. The payments cover the
constant ongoing maintenance costs. If something you propose is not permitted
please make sure you read the guidelines before objecting or trying to
get the proposition reconsidered. Many people come back to get married
in the Parish because they had previously attended a wedding that impressed
them. This is a sacred moment and not a competition.
in the Catholic Church
Asked Questions (Link to external site)
resource from the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council
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