Getting Married in the Jubilee Catholic Parish
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. The Jubilee Catholic Parish welcomes you with great joy as you celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage. To assist you in your preparations we have compiled the following information:
Useful Forms & Downloads
- ~ Legal requirements
- ~ Documentation required
- Church costs
- FAQ etc.
- Marriage Enquiry Form (PDF)
- Marriage Preparation Options
- Wedding Musicians and Singers
Additional Resources re Catholic Marriage
Legal Requirements to be married in the Catholic Church
To be legally married in the Catholic Church you must be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following:
- I am over 18 years of age
- I am legally able to get married under the laws of the Australian Government. (i.e. you are not presently married)
- I am legally able to get married under the laws of the Catholic Church. If either partner has been previously married, and divorced they will require a declaration of Freedom to Marry Form from an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Catholic Church. (This requirement applies to all previous marriages)
- One partner must be baptised Catholic.
- You are both prepared to complete a Marriage Preparation Course before you get married.
The parish asks for a donation of $1000 to cover our costs. We do not want to place additional financial burdens upon you. The donation covers the church expenses of:
Donation to the church, which includes offsetting cleaning, electrical, insurance and other maintenance costs.
Lodgment of all civil and canonical documents.
The flowers for the church – 1 arrangement in front of the altar. (the office will ring the florist)
The Priest’s/Deacon’s stipend
The Documents each of you will need to provide a copy of are:
- Your birth certificates
- Photo ID
- Recent copies of your baptismal record (not more than 6 months old) and confirmation certificate (at least one of the parties to be married must be baptised Catholic)
- Any other relevant documentation (i.e. copies of annulments, divorce decree etc.)
- A certificate indicating the completion of your Marriage Preparation Program (when you have completed your course)
Marriage Preparation Options
Entering into marriage is one of the biggest decisions anybody makes in his or her lifetime. The Church strongly recommends that couples undertake some kind of formal preparation for marriage to help them understand the nature of marriage and the many human complexities of married life.
Following are the current options available for marriage preparation in the Jubilee Parish local area:
- Centacare Brisbane - Pre-Marriage Education Group Courses and FOCCUS Program (individual Pre-Marriage Education)
- Marriage Preparation for Couples – Darryl Clausen Mb: 0407 421 011 – FOCCUS Program
- Catherine Dodemont - FOCCUS Program (Individual Pre-Marriage Education) Registered Relationship Educator. Mb: 0413 623 162 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lighthouse Relationships (Individual or Group Pre-Marriage Sessions, also Online) All information can be found at www.lighthouserelationships.com.au Email: email@example.com
Mb: 0438 645 708
A couple can discuss these options with the priest who is officiating at their wedding.
It is advisable to plan to complete your marriage preparation course three to six months before the wedding.
Wedding Musicians and Singers
Musicians and Singers
Liturgical and Sacred music are integral parts of your ceremony. The Parish has a number of dedicated and committed musicians and singers. They are fully versed in the music that is most suitable for a wedding. They will ensure a joyful celebration.
Of course, many modern love songs are appropriate for weddings, but they belong at the reception, not in the religious ceremony. CDs are not allowed. If you choose to celebrate your marriage at either St. Brigid’s or Sacred Heart, the historical pipe organs will certainly add to the solemnity of your wedding ceremony. The following list of musicians are very familiar with weddings and our churches. .
Roland Bartkowiak – (0423 163 039) Organist St Brigid’s, Red Hill
St. Brigid’s Choir – Can be contacted via Roland
Rhea Mohenoa (0466 806 503) and Sione Mohenoa (0450 536 08) Vocalist, pianist, flute, guitarist
Wendy Brown (0410 65 3871) Pianist, Organist, Guitarist, Vocalist
Peter Gasparin (0411 650 569) Organist and pianist
D’Arne Sleeman (0418 781 287) Soprano https://www.inthemoodfour.com.au/
Greg Hartay-Szabo (0414 699 899) Organist and vocalist
Carmela Bozzi (0421 464 494) Vocalist
Leanne Warne (0408 191 1520 Pianist, Vocalist
Alan Lee (0413 077 711) Guitarist and Vocalist short YouTube video https://youtu.be/y477h7yO7xU
Frequently Asked Questions
What if a Catholic is Marrying a Person Who is Not a Catholic?
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 baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith. 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.
How Do I Make a Wedding Booking?
Please complete the Marriage Enquiry Form available from the ‘Getting Married in the Jubilee Catholic Parish’ page on our website. Once you have completed the form email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time you will also be required to pay a deposit of $500. This can be paid by Direct Deposit – online to Jubilee Catholic Parish – BSB No. 064 786 Account No. 1000 17685 – reference wedding date/name. Once you have paid your deposit please send an email to the weddings email address mentioned above so we can keep a record of your payment.
Can we use confetti, rice, bubbles?
No. Please inform your guests that the use of confetti, rice, rose petals, bubbles or similar substances is not permitted in our church or in the surrounding precinct.
Can I afford to be a little late?
No, most weekends there are several weddings or other ceremonies booked in our churches and these will commence on time. Also, on these days our priests normally have other commitments which cannot be changed or pushed back. From our experience, we would suggest that the bridal party arrives no later than ten minutes before the due start time of your wedding ceremony, which will allow time for the photographer to take the required photos.
Does the cost to use the Church include the music?
No, attached is a suggested list of musical contacts, both the regular organist and choir from St Brigid’s, Red Hill are available to hire for your wedding ceremony. You will have to make direct contact with the Organist to make these bookings.
What flowers are provided?
The Parish provides one large floral arrangement for the church, this arrangement is placed under the altar and consists of a selection of white flowers with green trim. Our florist can provide additional flowers on request at your cost.
What time will the Church be available on the day of our wedding?
The church is normally available one hour prior to your start time. Weddings cannot start any later than 2:00pm at Sacred Heart, Rosalie and 3:00pm at St Brigid’s, Red Hill and St Finbarr’s, Ashgrove.
How do we access the Church on the day of our wedding and for rehearsal?
We do not have a Sacristan at any of our churches on a regular basis. If you are bringing your own priest, you will need to collect keys from the parish office to access the church for your rehearsal and for the day of your wedding ceremony.. Parish Office staff are not generally available to attend the church on the day of your wedding.
Does my wedding ceremony have to be a Mass?
Our parish 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 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.
How do we put our Liturgy together?
When getting married in the Jubilee Parish you will need to prepare your wedding liturgy. To assist in doing this we ask that you purchase the liturgy planner called ‘The Wedding’ from Liturgy Brisbane. The cost of the planner is $50 for the online program and its companion book, THE WEDDING that provides the prayers and readings in hard copy format.
The electronic resource contains all the readings and prayers from the new revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony as well as music suggestions and lyrics of hymns.
The resource can be purchased via the following link: