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What is the Sacrament of Marriage?

Many Catholics assume that the culture’s approach to a wedding and the Church’s approach should be the same. Of course there are many similarities, but there are also many differences, especially when we talk about the ‘Sacrament’ of Marriage.
In the mind of the Church the Sacrament of Marriage is more than a simple promise – rather it is a sacred bond that unites a man and woman as one, which invites them to respond to a specific calling that God has placed in their hearts.  It is a bond that lasts for life which is permanent, faithful, and fruitful. Marriage is not just about two people, but is the foundation of the family, the “domestic church,” the most basic and foundational structure, not only for the Church, but for all of society.

Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in our Parish


If you desire to be married in one of our three churches, you will need to be aware that:

  • weddings are normally celebrated on Saturdays (not Sundays) and can be no later than 3.00pm (to fit in with Mass at Anglesea).
  • you are requested to make an offering for the use of the church. This is currently set at $600 and includes an amount for the support of the Parish Priest. It is requested that a deposit of $300 be made at the time of booking the date, with the balance due three months prior to the wedding.
  • if you require the parish to provide flowers, there is an extra $100 fee for this service.
  • a first appointment needs to be arranged with Fr Linh at least 6 months prior to your anticipated wedding date.  Please complete the form below to arrange a time to meet with Fr Linh.
You will also need to provide the following documentation at this first meeting:
  • the PreNuptial Enquiry Form – please print and fill in.
  • birth certificates for both bride and groom (a passport is sufficient for those born overseas).
  • a letter of verification of baptism, for Catholics, from the Parish where they were baptised
  • and a letter of permission from their local priest if they live outside this Parish.

Please contact the parish for more information here