Pittwater Parish congratulates you on your decision to marry in our Parish. We believe that in the sacrament of Marriage, God is calling you to mirror His love and fidelity to each other, to your children, family and friends. Other peoples’ lives will be touched by your life together.
We are delighted that you are committed to your faith journey and have chosen to get married in our Catholic church. You have a choice between Maria Regina Church in Avalon or Sacred Heart Church, Mona Vale both of these churches belong to Pittwater Parish.
We would like to help you prepare well for your special day - and for all the days which will follow. In Australia, the Catholic priest or deacon acts not only as a minister of the Church but also as a registered marriage celebrant for the State. He will help you fill out both the civil and church papers before the wedding. The civil Notice of Intended Marriage must be signed at least one month before the wedding - this takes the place of the ‘marriage licence’ you see in the movies! Of course, you will want to take more time than a month to prepare with the celebrant for your wedding and your marriage.
The Attorney General’s Dept strongly recommends that young couples prepare well for Marriage. So we require you to undertake a course as compulsory preparation for your future married life. Pittwater Parish offers a Marriage Preparation Course: Foccus, a Couple Programme facilitated by an accredited Relationship Educator. This programme is available at Mona Vale by appointment. It uses an in- depth questionnaire to stimulate discussion and enables you to learn more about yourselves and your unique relationship. The process takes about four hours over two separate sessions. This Programme costs $250 per couple. To enrol, simply fill out the registration form (click on the link at the end of this article) including payment, and forward it to the Pittwater Parish Office. You will be contacted as soon as your payment is processed to arrange an appointment.
When you make contact with our parish, the Secretary will arrange the appointment with the Priest and will provide you with information on charges for the use of the church and on local arrangements for music, flowers and photos at the wedding ceremony and a suitable remuneration for the Priest .
Enjoy your wedding in a Catholic church and may God richly bless your married life!