Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We at the Parish of Subiaco welcome you to celebrate this day in our beautiful, historic church of St Joseph’s with a Nuptial Mass (with communion) or a Wedding Service (without communion).
Your choosing to have a Church wedding indicates your commitment in celebrating before God, the Church Minister and your family and friends.
Booking the Church
Before you can book the Church you must talk with our Parish Wedding Secretary, e-mail email@example.com or phone 9380 0400.
We need to ensure that this can be a valid Catholic marriage, this means that one of you must be Catholic and neither one of you has been married before, or if so an annulment has been obtained through the “Catholic Marriage Tribunal”.
Important Information: Once you have spoken with the Wedding Co-Ordinator and a date and time have been penciled in our Booking register, you will be sent out a letter and booking form which sets out fees and methods of payment. This booking will be subject to your payment of the relevant fee by the date noted in the form. Failure to do this results in your booking being automatically cancelled and passed on to others.
Six months prior to your wedding you are responsible for contacting the Priest who will perform the ceremony and setting up a meeting to fill in relevant paperwork. Documents required at this time are full copies of both Birth Certificates and copies of Baptismal Certificates.
Three months prior to your wedding you are responsible for contacting the Parish Wedding Co-Ordinator and booking a rehearsal time which is held the week of your wedding. An appropriate offering for the priests services can be made at the rehearsal.
One month prior to your wedding you are responsible for presenting your prepared Order of Service to our Wedding Coordinator if our Parish Priest is marrying you or your own Priest may direct you on this matter. Details to help you prepare this are further on.
Pre Marriage Course
The Archdiocese of Perth strongly encourages all intending couples to partake of these courses. The ideal time is as soon as a couple signified their intention to marry.
Information regarding these courses can be obtained by contacting Catholic Marriage and Fertility Services at http://www.cmfs.org.au/ This is an excellent investment in a relationship which will be lifelong.
Preparing the Church Wedding Service
Before beginning to prepare you must decide whether you wish to have a Nuptial Mass or a Wedding Service.
The following text is available on-line and may be useful: ‘When we Marry’: very detailed guide to organizing your day. It covers the readings, hymns, vows, prayers; what is possible in a Catholic wedding and what is not.
Our Wedding Coordinator also has some copies of previous weddings conducted in St Joseph’s and you are welcome to borrow these.
Gatto Christian Shop also carries a text called ‘Together for Life’ which may be helpful, their phone number is 9345 5700.
Order of Service consist of the following parts:
|Nuptial Mass||Marriage Service|
|Entrance Rite||Entrance Rite|
|Entrance song||Entrance song|
|Opening Prayer||Opening Prayer|
|Liturgy of the Word||Liturgy of the Word|
|1st Reading||1st Reading|
|Responsorial Psalm||Responsorial Psalm|
|2nd Reading||2nd Reading|
|Rite of Marriage||Rite of Marriage|
|Giving of Consent (Vows)||Giving of Consent (Vows)|
|Blessing & Exchange of Rings||Blessing & Exchange of rings|
|Prayers of the Faithful||Prayers of the Faithful|
|Liturgy of the Eucharist||Nuptial Blessing|
|Preparation of the Gifts||Conclusion|
|Eucharistic Prayer||Final Blessing|
|Lords Prayer||Signing of the Register|
|Nuptial Blessing||Final Hymn|
|Prayer after Communion|
|Signing of the Register|
Once you have decided on the type of ceremony, you need to make the following choices:
Step 1 : Choose a suitable Opening Prayer
Step 2 : Choose the Readings
Step 3 : Choose your Vows
Step 4: Choose a Nuptial and a Final Blessing
Step 5: Choose or write your Prayers of the Faithful
Step 6: Choose readers
A reader from another Christian congregation (not Catholic) is always welcome to do the readings. Please note; The Priest always reads the Gospel.
Step 7: Organise music
Step 8: Compile an Order of Service sheet (or your Church booklet) with all of the above outlined and show to our Wedding Secretary or your priest.
The Church and the surrounding grounds are a non-smoking area. Confetti, rice, rose petals etc are not to be used.
The parish has organists, local musicians, professional vocalists and a small choir.
Please call Michael Peters on 0414 294 338 or Ailsa Gleeson on 9381 6140 to discuss your music requirements.
Live Sacred or Classical music is to be used for your wedding.
CD/iPOD Facilities are not available.
St Josephs Church has its own resident florist who has sole responsibility for all floral arrangements. There is a charge for this service and this is covered in your booking fees.
Three large altar arrangements and pew bows are provided as standard.
These flowers remain in the Church.
For further information contact Linda Green, our Church florist on 0411 729 338.
The Church is decorated according to the Liturgical Season. These times are Lent, Easter, Advent or Christmas. If you choose to marry in these times all decorations are not to be removed or tampered with.
You may wish to have the church bell rung on your wedding day. For further information contact Chris Rowley on 0419 955 070.
Parking is available at St Josephs for your guests. Further parking is available in the basement of the Ear Science Institute, east of the Church, with access to the Church from the basement parking via our lift. Directions are clearly sign posted.
Photographers and Video Cameras
In our Catholic tradition, a wedding is a religious event of great significance in the life of a couple. We understand your need to capture the ceremony on camera and your photographers are welcome. Please remember that filming should be done in a respectful manner and that photographers should be suitably dressed.
You are welcome to visit St Joseph’s Church any day.
During weekdays the Church is closed at 6 pm or on the weekends after the 6 pm Mass.
Pamphlets containing more information regarding weddings are available in the room to your left as you enter the back of the Church.
To download a copy of the Weddings Booking form please click on the link below:
Overseas Wedding Information
If you are a resident member of our parish community and are marrying overseas, you should approach our wedding secretary.
Those living outside this parish need to approach their local parish priest directly, or, the Cathedral Office, for assistance on this matter.