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Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Marriage is a permanent commitment, the place where a man and a woman seek and find deep union with each other in God. It is a channel of divine grace and love where the spouses cooperate with God in building the sacred union and creation of new life. The (Catholic) bride and groom who are embarking upon the holy vocation of marriage will want to exchange vows of Matrimony and validly contract their marriage in the presence of a priest within a Nuptial Mass.

Jesus explicitly affirmed the permanence of marriage: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6)

To be married in a Catholic Church (General guidelines. Confirm with the church you are attending):

  • Either the bride and/or the groom must be a baptized and Confirmed Roman Catholic.
  • The couple must personally contact the Parish Priest at least 9 months prior to the anticipated wedding date.
  • The couple is required to register and attend the CMPC (Catholic Marriage Preparation Course). The Church will inform the couple of the available sessions. The CMPC stretches over a period of 6 weeks; one session per week and the duration of each session is approximately 2 hours. The CMPC certificate is a pre-requisite for marriage in the Catholic Church.
  • On completion of the CMPC/CMPWC the couple must then make an appointment to meet the Parish Priest for the Pre-Nuptial Interview (PNI). The couple must present their
  1. I/C Bride & Bridegroom
  2. I/C Witnesses (Both parties)
  3. Latest copy of Baptism Certificate-within 6 months of your anticipated wedding date (Catholic/Christian Party)
  4. Birth Certificate (Both Parties)
  5. CMPC (Catholic Marriage Preparation Course) Certificate | Original to sight and photocopy for Church
  6. An approval letter from the Parish Priest if the couple does not belong to the church they intent to be married in.
  7. A passport-size photograph each of the Bride, the Bridegroom and the witnesses

  • The couple will be required to register their marriage with the Civil Registration Office.
  • Arrange for a commentator and a reader for the wedding Mass. These must be Catholics and know the church procedures.
  • Arrange for the musicians. Make sure to check if they are familiar with the songs selected.
  • Prepare the wedding booklet which must be done according to the guidelines given by the Church. This will be done by the couple with their choice of Catholic songs, readings etc. Please allow the Priest to vet through the draft before printing. You may download samples of the booklet here.
  • Engage the Altar Society for floral arrangement.
  • Make payments.
  • Arrange for wedding rehearsal with Sacristan. This should be done generally one (1) week before the wedding date. 

Celebrant: Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and  declare your consent before God and His church.
Groom/Bride: I, Name, take you Name to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Jun 2019 | Photos:

 | Dec 2014 | Wedding in St. Francis Xavier, PJ

st francis xavier church wooden bench
aisle decor church wedding
give away the bride

mom giving away bride, vows ring worship
Bridal March-in accompanied by parent-of-bride. Marriage vows. Exchange of rings. Nuptial Mass.
claps finally married

Church of St. Francis Xavier

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Add: 135 Jalan Gasing (Section 10), 46000 PJ, Selangor
Tel: 03-7956 5977

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri (9am-6pm), Sat (9am-6.30pm), Sun (8am-1pm)
Closed: Public holidays, 1-2pm (lunch)

Ref: The Faith Explained (Father Leo Trese),,

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