Celebrating your Wedding at St. Peter Parish
Congratulations on your decision to marry! It's a joyful time for you, your future spouse and your families...and your parish family as well. You have decided to begin a great journey of love and service to one another. Please contact the parish at least 6 months before your wedding date so we can begin the process of preparation for this great celebration. You'll be encouraged to meet with the priest and/or deacon to begin the process. You'll attend a marriage prep workshop that will help each examine all of what marriage is intended to be - a true partnership of love and service to each other. Please contact the parish office today to get things started. The people and staff of Pilgrim Catholic Collaborative share your joy as you prepare for this important step in your lives. As a collaborative we promise you our love, support and understanding both now and in the future as well. )...and again, congratulations!
Registering For a Wedding Date
Please call the parish to schedule an appointment to look at possible dates. We will be happy to help you with this, and will do our best to accommodate your preferences. We do not confirm or assign wedding dates in a phone conversation. We suggest that the church date and time be secured before placing a deposit on a reception hall. Generally Saturday weddings can be scheduled between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM or after 5:30 PM. Sunday weddings can be scheduled after 1:30 PM. visiting clergy are always welcome to officiate at your wedding.
You will 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. For more information please click HERE.
Records you will need
Baptism and Confirmation records (for Catholic participants) will be asked for, and a Marriage License must be obtained. The license can be applied for at any city of town hall in Massachusetts, and is valid for 60 days after it is obtained.
Planning Your Wedding
The members of the Music Ministry congratulate you on your upcoming wedding and wish to help make your celebration a memorable one. Not only is this an important event for your family and friends, it is also an important event in the life of the Parish community here in our Collaborative.
Other Items Often Asked
A qualified cantor and instrumentalist are required for all weddings. Musicians from our parish are the ministers of music at all weddings at St. Peter’s Parish. Any exception must be discussed with our Director of Music Ministries.
Church - $500.00
Director of Music- $225.00
Wedding Rehearsal Coordinator - $50.00
If we have missed anything please do not hesitate to ask and allow us the opportunity to be of service.
The Sacrament of Matrimony
The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.
Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Marriage (1659-1666)
St. Paul said: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church … This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:25, 32).
The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1).
The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799).
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.
Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful.
Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage. Polygamy is incompatible with the unity of marriage; divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its “supreme gift,” the child (GS 50 §1).
The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.
The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.