Catholic Marriage

The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage." The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life."

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1603)

We welcome you celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in our parish. We know what a special day it is when husband and wife join together in sacred union with God and begin their new life together. Congratulations on your engagement!

For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 03 9386 1224 or at You may obtain information about getting married in the Catholic Church, marriage preparation, documentation and forms required. At least six months notice is required. Bookings for weddings are not normally accepted more than one year in advance.

Marriages at St Fidelis always follow the Catholic Church’s Rite of Marriage. Readings must be from the scriptures and music must be of a religious or classical nature. The church has a very fine pipe organ and musicians can be arranged through the parish.

At least one party to the marriage must be Catholic. It is expected that the couple preparing for marriage will participate in an approved marriage preparation seminar before marriage.

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