Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish —a Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish

Deciding to marry at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church?

Our strong wish for you is to have a long and happy life together, knowing that you have the blessing of God and the support of the Christian community.

This brief information will help you understand all that is involved in marrying in the Catholic Church.

Date and Time

It is normal to give at least nine months notice of your intention to marry to the Priest (Celebrant) and the Church.

The Henley Beach Church is available for weddings on Saturdays and Sundays & must be booked around our Mass times. For instance weddings can be no earlier than 1pm and no later than 4pm on Saturdays or 3.30pm on Sundays.

Bookings for the use of our Church here at Henley Beach can be made through the Parish Office during office hours 9.30am—4pm Monday to Friday by phoning 8356 8888.

Bookings for St Michael’s College Chapel are through the College Secretary by phoning 8356 5966.


Our Priests at Henley are always happy to do weddings in the Parish or at St Michael’s College Chapel. We are available for either Saturdays or Sundays according to our other commitments.

We will go to other Churches or Chapels outside the Parish, for parishioners, if there are good reasons for doing so.

You may also invite your own priest to do your wedding in our Church, but it is your responsibility to ensure all bookings are made and confirmed.


To safeguard the religious character of wedding services all weddings are normally conducted in Churches or Chapel. You would need a good reason, and a personal letter to our Archbishop, if you were thinking of marrying in a garden, on the beach, or a non-religious building. The Catholic Church strongly encourages a Church wedding.

Individual Counselling

This is required for people who are 18 years or under.


The two witnesses must be 18 years old at least.

What about cost?

The Priest

The Priest never charges for weddings, baptisms or funerals.

However, it is customary to offer a financial gift; this is one way that you support the Priests, who rely entirely on the gifts of the Catholic faithful.

As a guide for the Priest, we would suggest $300 for Saturdays, $350 on Sundays and $400 if the wedding is to take place outside our Parish. This is usually given at the last appointment with your priest.

The Church

There is a Church booking fee of $330 incl GST which is payable at the time of booking the Church and is non refundable. A receipt is issued on payment and this confirms your booking.

A cleaning fee of $110(inc GST) will be charged if the church is left in an unacceptable state.

Music and Singers:

This is your responsibility. We do have an organ or CD player available if required which is linked to the church sound system. We encourage any musicians or singers to prearrange a rehearsal/practice within the church, especially if requiring to use any electronic equipment.

Preparation for the Ceremony:

After you have made your booking you will need to make your first appointment with your priest. This needs to be no earlier than nine months before the wedding. There is a variety of paperwork to be completed and important items to discuss. You will be required to produce your birth certificate and an updated Baptism Certificate at this meeting. At this initial appointment your priest will advise you how many times further you will need to meet with him before the wedding. As it comes closer to the wedding you will discuss the variety of readings, prayers and blessings. Some couples like to compose their own Wedding Booklet; but we also have some examples for you to look through.

Flowers and confetti:

Flowers are the responsibility of each wedding party.

Confetti, Rice and Petals are not allowed to be used within the Church grounds.

A cleaning charge of $110 (inc GST) may be incurred if this happens. Please speak to the office staff should you have any queries.

Rehearsal Times:

Generally, a rehearsal is held during the week prior to the wedding. The rehearsal lasts approximately half an hour.

We also sign the Declaration Form then, and check on any last minute arrangements.


Most importantly, congratulations and enjoy your special day.

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