Sacrament of Marriage
Celebrating your wedding @ St Patrick's Cathedral
Marriage is celebrated in the Churches of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Ballarat, according to the Rites of the Catholic Church. At least one of the partners to the intended marriage must be Catholic.
The Church’s pastoral role emphasises the importance of preparation for marriage within the faith community and with the assistance of the community. All couples intending to marry in St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish are required to participate in an approved pre- marriage education program. Centacare, the Ballarat Diocesan welfare and relationships agency, offers such pre-marriage education programs on a regular basis.
Bookings for St. Patrick’s Cathedral are made by completing the enclosed forms (within 3 weeks from date of tentative booking with the required fee) and returning to St. Patrick’s Cathedral Office (Address details are listed in the footer).
All bookings are strictly tentative until:
* The services of the priest celebrant has been obtained
* All enclosed forms are completed and returned with fee of $500
St Patrick's College & Loreto College Chapels
The availability of the Chapels at Colleges within St. Patrick’s Parish is entirely the decision of the relevant St Patrick’s or Loreto authority.
The Church fee is set at $500
This fee is a payment towards...
* Flowers (in keeping with the seasons of the Church Year-for example very few flowers are used during Lent). Click here for Lent dates
* Administrative costs associated with the marriage.
* The cleaning, presentation and maintenance of the Church.
Payment for the services of the Priest
This offering goes into the Presbytery Account, supporting the Priests.
This fee is set at $200 and if the Celebrant of your marriage is from outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish this payment is made directly to him.
Preparation for Marriage
Preparation for a marriage ceremony involves:
* Documentation for both Government and Church purposes.
* Marriage Preparation
* Preparation of the Marriage Ceremony itself.
Each of the elements stated involves time, and so, at least six months notice must be given to the priest.
Documents required by the priest includes...
* Full Birth Certificates,
* Extract of Baptism, not more than six months old