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The mutual love of man and woman becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves humanity.

Congratulations on your engagement! This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter and we are pleased to support you along the way.

The Diocese of Bathurst has 17 parishes and around XX churches. You can have your wedding in any of these churches – perhaps one that’s near your home or a favourite destination within the Diocese.

What should I do first, to organise my wedding?

If you have chosen a church in the Diocese of Bathurst that you would like to celebrate your marriage in, contact the local parish (link to parishes) where the church is located, to discuss your needs. If you have already set a date for your big day, to discuss the booking process and begin your wedding preparation.

Does my wedding ceremony have to be a Mass?

Our priests are asked this question a lot! The answer is no. When you get married in a Catholic church, you have the option of a ‘Wedding Ceremony’ or a ‘Nuptial Mass’. A Wedding Ceremony celebrates the Liturgy of the Word and includes Gospel readings (which you select with your priest) and the Liturgy of Marriage, where you exchange vows and rings and the priest will pray a nuptial blessing over you. A full Nuptial Mass includes the above celebrations and is followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

The parish will discuss these options with you and help you choose what’s best for you and your family.

Do I have to be Catholic to get married in a church?

As marriage is one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, at least one party to the marriage (either the bride or groom) should be a baptised Catholic. It’s not necessary for you both to be baptised Catholic.

What is marriage preparation?

Before your wedding day you’ll have the opportunity to complete a pre-marriage education course. It will be an opportunity for you and your partner to discuss your goals for the future, your roles in the relationship, how you’ll deal with conflict, parenting and many other critical things in the lead up to your marriage.

There are a few different options available for couples including private one on one courses or group sessions with other couples. All courses are delivered by trained facilitators or professional relationship educators, not by the priest who is marrying you.

Centacare Bathurst is the endorsed relationship course provider in the Diocese of Bathurst . Contact Centacare at centacare@centacarebathurst.com.au  or ph: 02 6331 8944 to talk about options for courses in person and online.