Congratulations on your Engagement!
God who is love and who created man and woman for love has called them to love. By creating man and woman he called them to an intimate communion of life and of love in marriage: “So that they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew19:6).
God said to them in blessing “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).
In order to have a wedding at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley, it is necessary that the marriage should take place according to the rites of the Catholic Church. The requirements of the Catholic Church for the celebration of marriage may differ from those of the civil law. At least one of the parties must be a Catholic, and both bride and groom must be free and capable of marriage as the Church understands it.
Pre-Marriage/Marriage Education Courses
It is required that any couple intending to marry will participate in a Pre-Marriage Course offered in the Archdiocese of Sydney. If you choose to use our Parish Priest, then we recommend you completing one of the Pre-Marriage courses run through CatholicCare. Evidence that you have completed one of these courses will be required before your marriage. Please arrange dates as soon as possible.
These courses are run either in the group or face-to-face format, on weeknights and some weekends. CatholicCare invites you to spend some time building or strengthening the foundations for your married life. You can choose between a few different courses, suited to your individual needs:
Becoming One: Suitable to a wide range of couples. All group courses are framed by the Sacramental view of Marriage and include presentations on Church teachings on Marriage and Family Life.
Couple sessions: involve one couple meeting with a facilitator over three face-to-face sessions with a marriage and relationship educator suited to mature-age couples, couples with children and couples who have previously been married. It is also suited to married couples seeking to strengthen their relationship, or couples seeking to move towards engagement but experiencing some relationship issues. These sessions a approx. 1.5 hours in length.
Relationship Refresh: New to their program is a 5-week Relationship Refresh course. Conducted in an online group format with topics that include emotional attunement, communication, intimacy, conflict and spiritual connection, all in the context of the Catholic understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage.
A copy of their course schedule is available on their website https://www.catholiccare.org/ or below. CatholicCare Sydney – Ph: 13 18 19 or email: [email protected]
Before contacting the Parish Centre, please read the information booklet attached above on right sidebar:
Mary Immaculate Church is available for weddings on:
- Saturdays starting any time between 11:30am to 2:00pm.
- Sundays starting any time from 12:00pm – 2.00pm (provided no baptisms are scheduled)
- Weekdays may be celebrated after 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Please note: The latest time to have a wedding is 2:00pm as we have our evening mass at 5:00pm and the Church needs to be vacated by 4:00pm.
Church Booking Donation
Cleaning, along with the supply of Church and Altar requisites are a significant cost to the Waverley Parish. To assist with the recovery of these costs a donation is asked to confirm your booking.
Reminder – this booking fee is NOT the same and does not include the donation to your officiating priest/deacon. It is customary that two offerings be made one for the Parish (wedding gratuity) and a second for the celebrant who will conduct your service (this is normally given on the day).
Fees for Weddings: (this is separate from donation to priest).
- $700 for a Weekday/Saturday Wedding
- $900 for a Sunday Wedding
There are three ways you can pay this donation:
- To pay via direct transfer: Name: Catholic Development Fund | BSB: 062-784 | Acc: 100 00 1470. If it allows, please enter your “Surname Wedding Fee” as the description and notify once transfer made
- Click BPoint link above on right sidebar to pay donation for church: (Biller Code 1949254)
- To pay by cash: please arrange a time with the Parish Secretary to drop the donation off during business hours on (02) 9369 9399 or email: [email protected].