The cultural reality of marriage and its celebration is rapidly changing in society. However, for baptised Catholics, marriage is one of the seven Sacraments in which the Spirit of the Risen Lord is powerfully present.
A valid Catholic marriage in the eyes of the Church involves being married according to the rites and law of the Catholic Church, which includes marriage between those free to marry, in a Catholic church, chapel or oratory, witnessed by a deacon, priest or bishop. Deviation from this form, as stipulated by Canon (Church) Law, will require special permission from the appropriate ecclesiastical authority.
Any Catholic is welcome to have their marriage celebration take place in Our Lady of the Assumption church. If you would like Fr Alan to be the celebrant please make contact with him, via the Parish Office, to make a booking. Six months’ notice or longer would be appreciated. The church is available free of charge to any parishioner who contributes financially to the upkeep of the parish. Otherwise a fee of $200 is charged for the hire and use of the Church. Offering a separate stole fee (donation) to the celebrant (deacon/priest/bishop) is also the usual practice within the Church.