Saturday 23rd April 2022
Confession and Adoration from 12:00pm - 12:45pm
St Nicholas of Myra
326 High St, Penrith NSW 2750
What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
Marriage in the Catholic Church, also called Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, is the covenant by which a man and woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, and which has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptised.
A sacrament is an effective, visible sign of God’s grace . As a sacrament of the Church, Holy Matrimony consecrates human love, sexuality, and procreation to a higher purpose.
Ephesians 5:31-33: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Mark 10:6-9: "But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
Where can I find parking?
Parking can be found in Higgins street behind the church.
This parking will fill quickly so you can find parking a short walk away in this car park:
What do I wear?
Modest clothing is appropriate out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament. A simple shawl to cover low necklines or open backs and a jacket to cover see-through shirts would be a guide.
Modesty also extends to one's behavior, so please participate with reverence to ensure the ceremony can focus on the amazing Sacrament of Holy Matrimony taking place.
A wedding is a celebration so lets dress up! Dress code: Formal/Black tie optional
What's Holy Communion? Can I participate?
Holy Communion is where one receives the very Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Catholics believe Communion brings the recipient to an intimate union with our Lord. This is likened to the marriage of one’s soul with Christ.
The Church, not wanting to defile this union, therefore limits this sacrament to persons who have made the unique commitment of being baptized Catholic, received the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and are in a state of grace.
If you do not fulfill these requirements above, you can still line up and receive a blessing from the priest!
Click here for some more information.
The state of grace refers to being free from mortal sin. If it's been a while since your've been to church or if your not free from mortal sin, confession is avaiable!
Confession will be available before mass from 12:00pm-12:45pm. We would love for you to participate in this amazing gift especially on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday!
Haven't been to confession in a while? No fear! Click here for some more information.
What's Adoration, why is it on before mass and can I attend?
Adoration in the most basic terms, is the worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass. The Eucharistic Host, Jesus body blood soul and divinity, is displayed in a monstrance on the altar so that all can see and pray in the presence of Christ.
Attending Adoration is a big part of our lives and we would love for you to experience it hence we made it available for you before mass. We will also be in Eucharistic Adoration before mass in a seperate area!
Anyone can attend adoration! You can use this time to pray, sing or listen to the praise and worship music being played, read or write a prayer for us. We ask that you will refrain from conversations with others if you do attend adoration. If you would like to have a chat, feel free to step outside and join us back in afterwards!
Before mass begins, please refrain from conversation to respect the blessed sacrament present. You can use this time to write a wish or prayer for the "soon to be married" couple on the paper provided and drop it in the basket at the front of the church.
During the mass, feel free to refer to the powerpoint presentation and participate in the mass. If you are unable to stand or kneel, you may stay seated during the mass.
We ask that you switch off your mobile phones or put them on silent. We are sure you have an awesome ringtone but I don't think it will fit the wedding vibe! We also have a professional photographer, videographer and livestreamer so we would love for them to have the freedom to get that perfect shot without having to edit a rouge mobile phone out of a photo. Lets live in the moment and enjoy the present! Also our Lord is present so we would love to respect Him this way.