Holy Matrimony

HOLY MATRIMONY

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate His love in their relations with each other. By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. Through this liturgical celebration of marriage, husband and wife enter into a covenant which is also a Sacrament. If you would like more information about Holy Matrimony, contact our Parish Office.

PROCEDURE FOR HOLY MATRIMONY

  • Confirm with the priest that he is free to preside at the wedding and that the church is available on the selected date.
    Do this at least six months in advance.
    The priest who agrees to officiate at your wedding will be the one to make the booking of the church in our system.
  • Once the date is confirmed, complete and return the Wedding Booking Form to the Parish Office together with a refundable deposit of $500.
    You can download the form below or get a copy from our Parish Office.
  • The Archdiocese requires couples to attend the Marriage Preparation Course or the Catholic Engaged Encounter before the wedding.
    Places are limited, so please make inquiries six months to a year ahead.
    Details are available at www.catholic.org.sg/mpc and www.ceespore.sg
  • You will also need to apply to the Registry of Marriages (ROM) for permission to marry if you are not already married at the Registry.
    ROM requires at least 21 days’ notice to grant the approval/license.
  • Fix a date for an interview with the priest and bring along the following documents:
    1. Birth certificates and NRICs/Passports of both parties
    2. Baptismal Certificates from church(es) of baptism, issued within the past 6 months
    3. Full names, NRIC/Passport number(s) and contact number(s) of 2 witnesses
    4. Certificate of Marriage (if previously registered at ROM)
    5. Certificate of Completion of Engaged Encounter Weekend or Marriage Preparation Course,
      In addition, if applicable, copies of the following documents are required:
    6. Certificate(s) of any other previous marriage(s)
    7. Certificate(s) of any previous divorce(s)
    8. Certificate(s) of the death of the previous spouse(s)
    9. Medical statement of the present condition of pregnancy
  • As a Catholic, you are required to baptize and bring up your children in the Catholic faith.
    In a mixed marriage, the Catholic party would be required to undertake this obligation.
    The non-Catholic party would have to sign that he/she understands the obligation undertaken by the Catholic party.
  • For the wedding, Catholic couples normally celebrate their marriage within a Mass.
    In a mixed marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic, a Wedding Service without Mass is advised.

    A wedding mass can be celebrated on any weekday subject to availability of the priest and the church.
    Wedding masses are currently not permitted on Sundays.

CHURCH EXPENSES

  • Please refer to the Wedding Booking Form for details of expenses.

FLOWERS

  • You are welcome to do necessary decorations and flower arrangements for the altar.
  • You can bring your own florist at your cost but please maintain the cleanliness and reverence in the church.
  • Please clear the arrangement immediately after the wedding mass.
  • Please consult our Parish Office well in advance of your wedding.

WEDDING BOOKLETS

  • To help you in preparing wedding booklets for your guests, you will find a good selection of prayers, scripture readings, the Marriage Rite, etc. in the book Together for Life by Fr Joseph Champlin which is available for sale at the Magnificat Book Shop.
  • If you would like to print the wedding booklets on your own, please consult our parish priests or the relevant priest the selection of prayers, scripture readings, the Marriage Rite, songs, etc.

REHEARSALS

  • You are welcome to use the church for a rehearsal before your wedding.
  • Please contact our Parish Office to make a booking for an appropriate date and time.

OFFERING TO THE PRIEST

  • Traditionally, an offering is given to the minister for his services in preparing and presiding at the wedding.

MUSIC

  • If you have your own musicians, arrangements can be made for them to have a short practice on the church keyboard.
  • Otherwise, you may wish to contact the choir coordinators who may be able to assist you.
  • Please refer to the Wedding Booking Form for details of donations.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO RECORDING
  • Please note that in order to maintain respect for the sacred spaces, photographers may not enter the Sanctuary / Altar area.
  • If you wish to continue photo taking in the church grounds after the wedding, please ensure that the bridal cars are cleared from the church entrance to facilitate the arrival of the next bridal party or the churchgoers.

RECEPTION

  • If you wish to our Parish Multi-Purpose Hall or St. Bernadette’s Hall for your wedding reception, please make your booking at least 1 month in advance.
  • Please refer to the Wedding Booking Form for details of donations.
  • Terms and conditions apply.

WEDDING BOOKING FORM