Category Archives: Catholic Wedding

Wedding Booklet Template!

My first give away (well, sort of!)!

If you are a catholic Bride to be, you should know that recently the mass structure has changed. There are new text and new words for the mass order. This, of course, has affected all weddings and made many wedding templates online obsolete since they are not in use any more.

So I did some re-typing and changed it to reflect the current order! Ta-dah!

Wedding Booklet Template 2013:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VJMzM_VhcisgLePFCh3PQWpKrdUyKzNdchTv_fR5t2A/edit
I don’t know why but sometimes google doc messes up my alignments so I do apologise in advance for the weird spacings.

So some points to note:
1. I included a commentator’s welcome note – OPTIONAL.
2. Please fill in your names, don’t leave it as “bride and groom” -.-
3. Songs and Readings inserted are my choices. Please edit with your songs.
4. I included Processional and Recessional song songs – OPTIONAL
5. I added a Thank You page at the back, optional but I highly suggest adding it.
6. This booklet is for a full mass, not service.
7. Last but not least, always seek final approval from your celebrant priest!

You can use this and edit your own powerpoint slides if you have a high tech church like mine. ūüôā Anyway, please let me know if you have used this or if you found it helpful, I’d love the feedback. Hope this helps someone!

xoxo,
B

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EE = Engaged Encounter

If you want to get married in a catholic church in Singapore, you have to go for Engaged Encounter (EE) or Marriage Encounter (ME).

EE

EE is held over one weekend; friday evening to sunday evening.
MPC (Marriage Preparation course) is held over 6 weeks of 4 hour sessions.

M and I chose EE as we thought it would be the most time economical. Also we booked 6 months in advance because these sessions have super limited slots around 25-30 couples only. We booked in Febuary and only went for it in July!. You sign up online and pay a fee of $150 to cover the lodging and food cost.

1 month before the actual date, your presenting couple will call you and confirm all the details with you.They will go through with you what to bring, what you shouldn’t bring, some basic dos and don’ts.

Then came the big day which is always a Friday because it’s a weekend retreat. We all gather at the Punggol retreat house, right next to the seminary. You ‘check in’, get your pillows and bedsheets. Males and females sleep in different levels so don’t expect to share the same room with your other half. You will have a room mate who is also following along the programme with you.

There will be 1 priest, 2 presenting couples and 2 – 3 house couples. They each have their own roles to help make your stay as good and fulfilling as it can be. You don’t have to both be catholic to go for it and if you aren’t a catholic they won’t try converting you, don’t worry. Most importantly, go with an open heart and mind.

Some random information: Food is good, so don’t worry. There are no stupid games where you have to run around like an idiot. You and partner spend most of your time together, they encourage that! Get use to writing… ALOT. The beds are clean, so are the toilets and yes, there is air con! It’s quite an ulu place so bring a map along, or you might get lost.

I can’t say much about the content as they discourage us from telling anyone who hasn’t been to the programme, but it’s interesting and enriching, I promise. I¬†recommend¬†this to all couple about to get married, thinking about getting engaged or just want to know what the next step is in their relationship.

How to reach them:
Catholic Engaged Encounter Singapore
www.catholic.org.sg/ceespore
email: ceespore@catholic.org.sg

Compliments of the season everyone, I’m enjoying my last christmas as a single gal. ūüôā
xoxo,
B

 

P.S Thanks to commenter Shaun for letting me know it’s MPC and not ME that takes 6 weeks!

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My Church Wedding (Part II)

I’m lucky enough to be in a choir since I was 12 so I’ve always been immersed with music and song. We, as a choir, have also been asked to sing for other people weddings as a service to them so I’ve become very¬†familiar¬†with wedding songs! After a few months of listening and remembering.. the bolded, underlined ones are the ones we chose, the rest are other options that you may like if you are choosing your wedding songs:

Entrace Hymn:            This is the day / Majesty / Joyful Joyful
Offertory Hymn: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Table of Plenty / All man’s labour / Blessed are you Lord
Communion Hymn:   No Greater Love / Speak Love / The Galilee Song
Thanksgiving Hymn: I Love you Lord / I thank you Lord

There usually is no recessional hymns for weddings, the ceremony ends after the bride and groom sign the certificate and walk out in procession!

Above and beyond the mass songs, I have not decided on my walk-in, signing or walk out song… ūüė¶

Another part of the mass we have to decide on is the readings and the Gospel readings.. These links have helped me know what my options are and even the meaning of the passage that I have picked!

1st Reading 
2nd Reading
Responsorial Psalm 
Gospel 

I think I know which I want to pick…

do you have any favourite readings? Let me know!
xoxo
B

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My Church Wedding

Since M and I are both¬†Catholics¬† it’s important for us to hold the ceremony in our Church, The Church of Our Lady of Pepertual Succour, which has been our parish for our whole lives and was also the place we met. We are both from a Choir so thankfully, music will not be a problem!

Our celebrant will be our current Parish Priest, Father Gregoire Van Giang.

Last Saturday we confirmed our slot for the 15th of June by paying a non-refundable deposit of $200 (for the church hall) + $200 (for the reception area) = $400 in total. All proceeds are in donation to the church. This confirmation usually has to be done 6 months in advance.

Mass timings are available at¬†9am / 12pm / 2pm . We chose 12pm but wanted it slightly earlier to allow for more time to relax in the afternoon, but we are only allowed to shift up if there are no weddings before us. I asked the church¬†secretary¬†and this is how the conversation went…

Me: Is there anyone in the 9 o’clock slot?
Her: Not yet..
Me: We were kinda hoping to shift the wedding a little earlier.. like 11 o’clock?
Her: That one you have to check 3 months before then we can confirm the timing.
Me: But I thought we have to confirm 6 months before??
Her: Yeah, but there’s always ’emergency weddings’ …
Me: *with one eyebrow raised* Ah.. Ok.. So I’ll call back in March to confirm?
Her: Yup!

Looks like I can’t print the invites till March/April then. ūüė¶

So now I need to :
1) prepare wedding booklets (templates anyone?)
2) prepare mass order on the powerpoint slides (templates anyone??)
3) choose mass songs
4) choose 1st, 2nd reading & Gospel readings

Let the priest vet 2 months before and print wedding booklets! OH MY.. suddenly the rush of things to do is giving me headache. Happy Headache though, love planning my own wedding..
xoxo,
B

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