Marriage and Baptism

Marriage

weddingIn the Sacrament of Marriage, a man and a woman give themselves to each other in a lifelong commitment of love and fidelity. Their union reflects the fruitful love that exists between Christ and his Church. Together, the husband and wife assist each other in attaining holiness and in raising children in the Catholic faith.

Due to these important responsibilities of marriage, those intending to be married should be actively living their faith, attending Mass regularly and receiving the sacraments. The couple who are getting married should contact the Parish to set up an initial interview and receive the Parish Guidelines for the Celebration of Marriage. It is important to note that a date for the wedding will not be set prior to this meeting.

Moreover, the meeting should be made at least six (6) months in advance of the wedding. This is in order to allow for enough time to ensure that all details and requirements are met.

The Catholic Church encourages members of the Church to marry in their own parish church, having their own pastor as the celebrant. The Church emphasises the great benefit to the couple to prepare for their marriage within their faith community with the assistance and prayers of their fellow parishioners. This is made possible when you celebrate your marriage in your own parish church.

It is required that the couple attends a Marriage Preparation course. The course provides the couple with information and education in order to help them have a healthy marriage, and it gives the opportunity for the couple to learn the importance of faith in their lives together. There are many such courses conducted by Centacare at several venues. For bookings or enquiries please call Centacare Parramatta on 9630 7788.

To set up an initial interview with the Parish Priest, please call the Parish Secretary on 9622 9149.

Baptism

Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday except 4th Sunday of the month at 11:00am.

baptismThe parents of the child to be baptised should be members of the parish. This means that they live within the geographical boundaries of the parish.

In the case of infant baptism, the parents make the decision to baptise their child, thus initiating him/her into the life of the Church. They make the promise to teach the faith and raise the child according to Catholic principles. At least one of the parents themselves should be baptised and practicing Catholics. If the parents are not practicing Catholics, then there must be some assurance that the child will be taught the faith and brought to Mass regularly.

The parents should also have been married in the Catholic Church or had permission from their bishop to be married in another Christian church. If this is not the case, then the possibility will be presented of having the marriage blessed in the Catholic Church.

Godparents have the role of assisting the parents to raise children in the Catholic faith. The godparents must be at least 16 years of age, baptised and confirmed, and practicing Catholics. It is possible for a non-Catholic to be chosen as a Christian witness, provided that they are a baptised Christian.

To request for Baptism of your child please complete the attachedĀ St Michael’s Parish Baptism Enrolment Form and call the Parish Secretary on 9622 9149 to book an appointment.