God who created us out of love also calls us to love – this is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.
For we are created in the image and likeness of God who is love. The mutual love of man and woman becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves humanity.
Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life. The Kedron Brook Community welcomes you with great joy as you celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage.
To help you in your preparations we have put together the following information.
Legal Requirements to be married in the Catholic Church
One must be over 18 year old.
One has to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- I am legally able to get married under the laws of the Australian
Government (ie; you are not presently married).
- I am legally able to get married under the laws of the Catholic Church (ie; you have never been married before or, if you have, then you have been through the Church’s annulment process and have received an annulment from the Church).
- You are both prepared to complete a marriage preparation course before you get married.
Each of the intending couple must provide the following Documents:
- Your birth certificate/Passport
- Recent copies of your baptismal and Confirmation certificates (at least one of the parties to be married must be baptized Catholic)
- Any other relevant documentation (i.e.; copies of annulments, divorce decree etc.)
- A pre – marriage course certificate indicating the completion of your marriage preparation program.
In order not to place additional financial burdens upon you, the parish asks for a donation of $900 to cover our costs. A fee for a small bouquet of flowers for the church (in front of the altar) to the value of $150 is an optional extra.
The donation covers the following church expenses:
- Donation to the church, which includes offsetting cleaning, electrical, insurance and other maintenance costs.
- Lodgement of all civil and canonical documents.
- The Priest’s/deacon’s stipend
Frequently Asked Questions
What if a Catholic is Marrying a Person Who is Not a Catholic?
Answer: When a Catholic marries a Christian from another Church or a non-Christian in a Catholic church, the celebrant is required to complete an application for the necessary permission or dispensation.
Catholic partners are asked to promise to do all in their power to share their faith with their children by having them baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church. The Catholic party must inform the other partner of this promise and sign the declaration. No promise is required of the other partner.
The minister of the non-Catholic partner may be invited to participate in the celebration of the marriage in a Catholic church, for example, by reading from the Scriptures, leading a prayer, or blessing the couple.
Sometimes a Catholic will want to get married in another Christian church or outside a church. When there is sufficient reason, such a marriage for a Catholic may be recognized by the Catholic Church. This is a possibility you should discuss with your parish priest.
Marriage Preparation Options
One of the biggest decisions anybody makes in his or her lifetime is the decision to marry the love of one life. Hence the Church strongly recommends that couples undergo a form of formal preparation for marriage. The preparation helps them to understand both the nature of marriage and the various human complexities of married life.
Marriage preparation available in the Archdiocese of Brisbane includes:
- Pre-Marriage Education Group Courses and FOCCUS Program (individual Pre Marriage Education) offered through Centacare Brisbane
- Lighthouse Relationships offers Group Pre-Marriage preparation courses in New Farm, as well as individual pre-marriage sessions. Information can be found at www.lighthouserelationships.com.au.
- A couple can discuss options with the priest who is officiating at their wedding.
- It is advisable to plan to do the marriage preparation six months before the wedding.
Wedding Musicians & Singers
- A good music is one of the things that make a ceremony great. Liturgical and Sacred music are integral parts of your ceremony.
- Our Parish can help you organise musicians for your wedding and make it a really memorable and joyful celebration. This however will be at your own cost.
- Of course a lot of modern love songs are appropriate for weddings, but they belong at the reception, not in the religious ceremony.
Kedron Brook Catholic Community
23 Lovedale Street, Wilston QLD
Good Samaritan Parish
170 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston (enter via 23 Lovedale St)
115 Beaconsfield Terrace, Gordon Park
St John the Baptist Parish
St John the Baptist
133 South Pine Road, Enoggera
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
18 Halle Street, Everton Park