Marriage

Couples planning to marry should make an appointment with the pastor or a pastoral associate as soon as possible, before a hall is engaged or other binding arrangements made. A year or more in advance is not too early to set up this meeting, which is required before the parish can book a wedding. (The Archdiocese of Boston considers six months notice to be the minimum normally acceptable, and does not permit weddings to be scheduled over the telephone.) This meeting also affords an opportunity for the priest and couple to get acquainted, review the process of preparation, and discuss any special circumstances or requests.

At least one of the fiancés ought to be a member of St. Elizabeth Parish or have some other substantial connection with it. Couples asking to marry at St. Elizabeth’s are expected to abide by parish policies and Church requirements, which reflect the sacredness of marriage and the reverence that belongs to an act of worship.

Besides working with a priest or pastoral associate, engaged couples need to participate in a marriage preparation program. Programs are available in the archdiocese and elsewhere on a wide range of dates.

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