‘A Christian marriage isn’t just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures. Marriage is an act of faith between a man and a woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as he loves them’ Pope Francis.
At your wedding, you will make a commitment ‘to promise to be true to each other, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, and to love and honour each other all the days of your life..’ Faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we believe that marriage is life giving, permanent, exclusive and between a man and a woman.
The preparation forms to complete and the ceremony all assist you, the couple, to prepare for, and to appreciate what you are doing. With God’s grace, your bond of love is blessed and strengthened.
To view our “Getting Married” brochure please click on this link.
The three dimensions of Marriage preparation – Priest, Paperwork and the Marriage Preparation Programme
Meet with your Priest
We ask that you make contact with the priest whom you want to have officiate at your wedding as soon as possible; and at least six months prior to the wedding. He will help you complete the necessary paperwork and provide part of your marriage preparation instruction.
Paper work for both overseas and local weddings
Whether you are marrying here or overseas, all Catholic marriages require pre-nuptial papers to be completed with a priest. It is essential you contact your parish as soon as possible to arrange an appointment with a priest to complete the required marriage papers. This is required for all weddings, both in and outside the church building. It is also required if your marriage is taking place overseas or in another diocese. The marriage papers must originate from the place where you currently reside.
If your wedding is to be held outside the church, or in another diocese or overseas, the papers are forwarded by your priest to the Vicar for Marriages in the Auckland Diocese, who will then provide any further documentation required. The marriage papers are then sent to the appropriate Vicar in the Diocese where you are being married, then forwarded to the priest who is to officiate at your wedding. In particular for overseas weddings, sufficient time must be allowed for this process.
Please note that all Marriage Preparation courses cease by 13th December 2020 and resume in February 2021. If you are getting married in Dec, Jan, Feb or March 2021 please contact the office today – thank you.
The information below is for engaged couples getting married this year and early next year.
We would like to inform you that our Marriage & Family Life office is open and still taking registrations and course bookings Find us at www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz (click on the Marriage & Family Life tab, scroll down to registration). This information is especially important if you are getting married this year. We want to support you to get through your Pre-marriage courses in spite of the current alert restrictions so that when the restrictions are lifted you will have already completed all of your Pre-Marriage education.
If you already have the Part 3 online books and do not have the access code please contact the office today and we will arrange to send this to you.
If you have changed your wedding date – please contact the office and we can update your file.
We are working hard to organise online Part 2 courses for those couples who booked a face to face course. We are confident that this will be a smooth transition and we will inform you of any changes. If you have booked a face to face course please contact the office for an update – 021-02247442.
Part 1 courses – via zoom
These remain online and will go ahead as planned before restrictions on
Part 2 courses – via social media platform
These will continue to go ahead but will be via a Social Media Platform. If you have a date please contact the office to check that the date has not changed.
Part 3 courses – online – you will need workbooks and an access code
There is two options available for this course – one is online and the other is face to face – the online course is still available.
We are still taking face to face course bookings as we are hoping they will go ahead once the restrictions are lifted. Your booking is secure if you have selected a face to face course.
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