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ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, MIRAROAD

Rules and Regulations to be followed during nuptials 

Preparation

  1. Along with parents, the would-be bride and bridegroom should meet the Parish priest/Asst. Priests, three months before the marriage. They will discuss about marriage preparation course, pre-nuptial enquiry and banns.
  2. A Recent Certificate of Baptism from the Parish where one has been baptized.
  3. The prenuptial inquiry form is to be filled with all sincerity and under oath.
  4. Justification status liberi’-A written oath of free state is to be made in the presence of two reliable witnesses, if a contracting partner has lived or is living outside Mumbai or more than six months after completion of sixteen years of age, in case of boy and fourteen years in case of a girl. If one party is a non-catholic, this party also has to obtain an affidavit.
  5. The Certificate of Civil Registration obtained from the civil authority need to be submitted if they have done the civil marriage.
  6. A Death Certificate of the former spouse or declaration of nullity of previous marriage from the ecclesiastical marriage Tribunal, if one was previously married.
  7. Two banns have to be published: One in the church and the second on the notice board.
  8. If the bride or bridegroom is from another parish, he/she should bring all relevant papers from his/her parish, atleast one week before the nuptials.
  9. Kindly consult the priest regarding the liturgy of the mass, prayer of the faithful, mass readings, offertory gifts(useful for the church)etc. The whole liturgy has to be approved by the priest at least one week before the wedding.
  10. There can be more than one couple celebrating their nuptials at the same mass. No assurance or priority shall be given to any one couple irrespective of when the booking was done. No complaints/discussion shall be entertained. The decision of the Parish Priest will be final.
  11. The wedding timings are: Week days 4.30pm. Saturday 4pm, Sunday 3.30pm & 6.15pm.
  12. The nuptial Rite of Disparity of cult/mixed marriage is conducted half an hour before the celebration of the Eucharist. The couple can participate in the ordinary mass of the day which follows.

Nuptial Day

  1. Kindly come on time for the wedding. If any of the party comes later than 15 minutes of the schedule time, then the time deposit of that party will be forfeited.

Guest Priest

  1. Inform the Parish priest in writing atleast 30 days  before the wedding in time if there are guest priests.
  2. Please get prior permission from the parish priest if you wish them to celebrate, preach, bless the nuptials
  3. Please request them to be present in the church atleast ten minutes before the mass

Holy Mass

  1. Celebrant welcomes the bride and bridegroom at the main door and leads them in the church
  2. Best man, flower girls should be practicing Catholics
  3. Witnesses should be informed about their role well in advance. They should be practicing Catholics.
  4. The bridal couple should come well prepared as to read the nuptial vows or should inform Celebrant Priest in case they have difficulty in reading.
  5. Two witnesses need to be kept ready.

Readings

  1. Readings are to be done or proclaimed from the lectern.
  2. Get the readings and prayers of the faithful approved by the priest at least half an hour before the mass. Please practice them well.
  3. If the families of the bride and bridegroom prepare the nuptial liturgy, get the prior permission of the Parish Priest/ Asst. Priests.

Offertory gifts

  1. Please don’t bring the religious articles (Bible, rosary etc.)
  2. Prayers of the faithful and offertory gifts are not to be blended
  3. You are welcome to bring fruits, vegetables and things pertaining to mass (chausible, chalice, Albs, Altar Clothes  etc.)
  4. Please avoid all plastics.

Decoration

  1. You are welcome to decorate the altar or church with fresh flowers. Please get the suggestion of concerned church personnel (assistant parish priest , sacristan)
  2. Avoid decorating kneelers in the church

Choir

  1. Choose your choir group in consultation with the parish office.
  2. If family people wish to sing the responsorial psalm, get the permission of Parish Priest/ Asst. Priests and practice in advance.
  3. If you wish to prepare nuptial booklets prior permission and approval of Parish Priest/ Asst. Priests is important

Photo/ Video

  1. Let there be only one photographer/videographer.
  2. Photography is not permitted in the Sanctuary.
  3. Care should be taken that he doesn’t disturb the sacredness of the liturgy.
  4. Videography is permitted is permitted only at 4 points: 1.Entrance Procession; 2.Nuptial Rite and offertory procession; 3.Reception of communion by the couple; 4.Signing of Marriage Register

Dress code

  1. Dress code is obligatory.
  2. All those who come to the sanctuary have to be especially modest.
  3. All should use formal dress-pants and shirt, saree, chudidhar or anything modest.
  4. Girls, ladies by all means should avoid spaghetti or mini or body-hugging dresses.

Others

  1. No fire crackers during mass.
  2. No announcements or thanksgiving speech is allowed after the mass.
  3. Wishing the Bridal Couple should be outside the Church.
  4. The entire amount has to be paid in cash at the time of booking. If there is more than one couple the amount will be shared accordingly and refunded back within a week after the Nuptials along with the time deposits if no breach is committed under-clause A.


 

 

 

 

 
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