Many people will be assisting you as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage; they want to help you realize a marital relationship built on self-giving love, one that helps each spouse become the best version of themselves, all while growing deeper in your relationship with Christ.
Step 1: Contact Marie Buckley (see above) to schedule the date and time of your wedding. You will then schedule a brief meeting with a priest or deacon currently serving in the collaborative. You will need to bring recent copies (dated within the past 6 months) of each of your baptism certificates to this meeting.
Step 2: You will then be asked to take part in a marriage preparation program, sometimes called Pre-Cana. It is conducted by teams of lay people who discuss with you issues of communication, family life, intimacy, and role expectations. Visit http://www.bostoncatholic.org for program dates and times.
Step 3: You will also be invited to attend a Liturgy and Music Evening, designed to help you prepare the actual wedding ceremony. The evening will include assistance on picking out readings, examples of music, and other helpful information as you plan your celebration.
Step 4: Each couple married in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must obtain a license. You should contact the clerk in any city or town hall in the state about six weeks before your wedding regarding the proper procedure. This license must be brought to the rehearsal.
The parish is very pleased to provide the services of a wedding coordinator. The coordinator will conduct the wedding rehearsal and then be with you on the day of the wedding. This person makes sure that everything is set up as you want, and is available for all sorts of last minute details. You will schedule your rehearsal after you meet with one of our priests, and when you confirm your wedding date and time.
Usually, a priest or deacon serving in the collaborative will be available to preside at your marriage. Visiting priests and deacons are also welcome. If the priest/deacon lives outside of Massachusetts, he must obtain special permission from the Massachusetts State House. Our parish office can help you with this.
If you are marrying someone who is of a different faith, we are happy to welcome his/her minister or rabbi and prepare a service that will be sensitive to both religious traditions. It is also possible to celebrate this marriage in another church or sacred space. The pastoral staff will assist you in this regard.
If your address changes during the time of your engagement, please notify the parish office, so you will be sure to receive all updated information.