A marriage in which both husband and wife are baptized Christians is called a sacramental marriage, for it expresses sacramentally Christ’s love for his bride, the Church.
It is by following Christ, renouncing themselves, and taking up their crosses that spouses will be able to “receive” the original meaning of marriage and live it with the help of Christ. This grace of Christian marriage is a fruit of Christ’s cross, the source of all Christian life. This is what the Apostle Paul makes clear when he says: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her,” adding at once: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1615-1616)
Because marriage is an expression of Christian faith, a Catholic is required to approach marriage through the agency of a Catholic church.
If you wish to marry at St Augustine’s, please contact the parish office at least six months before your preferred wedding day, and ask to make an appointment with one of the priests. Fr Michael or Fr Kelly will lead you through the initial paperwork and give you directions for beginning a Marriage Preparation course, which every engaged couple is obliged to complete before the wedding.