The parishioners and staff of St. Agatha Parish offer our faith-filled congratulations on your engagement. This is a very exciting time in your lives and in those of your family. This information guide has been prepared to familiarize you with some guidelines for planning your wedding liturgy. A guiding principle in planning your wedding is to remind yourselves that you are celebrating a sacrament, a sign of God’s love. It is your faith-filled and loving presence to each other in marriage, celebrated in the presence of God, family and friends. At any time, please feel free to contact the priest or deacon assigned to your wedding with questions not addressed in this information guide.
Generally, you will meet with the priest
or deacon three times. This number will increase or decrease
the circumstances of your wedding. Much of what is contained
here will be covered in those meetings.
One of the first things you will want to do is determine a date and time for your wedding. This is done with the priest or deacon who will be officiating at your wedding.
Currently, weddings are scheduled as follows:
Saturday -- no earlier than 12:00 Noon
-- no later than 2:00 pm
-- at 6:00 pm
-- no more than two weddings scheduled on any Saturday
Sunday -- times and dates are available as long as they
don’t conflict with the 2:00 pm baptisms on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
-- usually 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:30 pm
-- only one wedding scheduled on any Sunday
Other days and times, such as Friday evening, should be discussed with the priest or deacon well in advance to insure that there are no conflicts with other events here at St. Agatha Parish. Once you have scheduled your wedding, if you need to change the date and/or time of your wedding, you must contact the priest or deacon officiating at your wedding.
For Catholics a recent baptismal record
not more than six months old. This can be obtained by contacting
of your baptism and requesting that a long-form copy
of your baptismal record be sent to St. Agatha Parish to
of the priest or deacon officiating at your wedding.
If you have received the sacrament of confirmation, we
will need a copy (again, less than six months old) sent
Preliminary Interrogatory - This is a form that establishes
your freedom to marry (not as scary as it sounds). These
are filled out in the presence of the priest or deacon.
In addition to establishing freedom to marry, this document
asks that you clearly understand the following: the Church’s
teaching that marriage is a sacrament; that you intend
the marriage to be for the rest of your lives, and that
exchange the right to have children with your future
Marriage license - This can be obtained from any town/city
hall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Call the town
clerk before you go to make sure you have everything that
they will need. The license is good for 60 days.
If you have a visiting priest officiating at your wedding
who is from outside the state, he will need written permission
from the Secretary of State of Massachusetts. Ask the priest
or deacon at St. Agatha parish how to go about obtaining
Couples preparing for marriage are required to attend
some form of marriage preparation and instruction beyond the
meetings with the priest or deacon.
As of January 1st, 2018, all parishes and retreat centers are to use Transformed in Love marriage preparation resources to prepare engaged couples in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Click here for a Schedule of Marriage Preparation Programs/Pre-Cana....
The Sacrament of Penance
Couples sometimes inquire about the Sacrament of Penance
as a means of preparing for marriage. The occasion of your
marriage is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this sacrament.
Please do not hesitate to contact the priest officiating
at your wedding to make arrangements for the celebration
of this sacrament. If a deacon is officiating at your wedding
he will be more than happy to assist you in meeting with
Music plays an important role in setting a prayerful and uplifting atmosphere for your wedding. We are proud of the music at St. Agatha Parish – made possible because of the professional, reverent quality and skill of our music staff. Our music director, Agata Orzechowska, will assist you with planning the music for your wedding. Agata may be contacted at 617-698-2439 extension 117, or by emailing: MusicDirector@StAgathaParish.org.
The Worship Environment
You are welcome to decorate the inside
of the church and sanctuary with floral arrangements and
on the pews. Keep in mind that the church is a house of worship,
and any and all arrangements or decorations should be respectful
of its sacredness. During the seasons of Christmas and Easter
there will be decorations/flowers appropriate to the season
inside the church. These should be factored into your decorating
plans. They are not to be removed for a wedding.
Aisle runners are discouraged. The runner often becomes
tangled and twisted on the floor, and thus becomes a safety
hazard for those in attendance, especially the bride! The
use of runners dates back to a time when church floors were ‘dirt’ floors.
If you choose to use one, please note that the length of
the aisle at St. Agatha Parish is 125 feet long.
We ask that you and
your guests not use these items or others similar to them.
The use of these items could cause
someone to slip and fall. Additionally, the amount of labor
required to pick these items up from the floor of the church
For safety reasons, candles are not allowed in the
main body of the church. Questions often arise about the
unity candle. There is nothing in the marriage rite that
calls for this candle. Couples wishing to have one should
discuss their reasons for wanting one with the priest or
deacon officiating their wedding.
Photographers and videographers are welcome to take pictures
and/or videos inside the church. Most of them are experienced
with filming weddings. Please be sure that they check in
with the priest or deacon officiating at your wedding so
that any questions about where he/she can or cannot go are
worked out ahead of time. To help maintain the sacredness
of the Mass or ceremony, they are never permitted to be in
the sanctuary of the church.
Rehearsals are usually held on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding. The scheduling of a rehearsal date and time is usually completed at the same time that the wedding itself is scheduled. If not, it can be done by calling the parish rectory office (617-698-2439). In addition to all of the people involved (best man, maid/matron of honor, groomsmen, bridesmaids, readers, ushers, etc.), you will need to bring the license, the Together for Life information sheet, the offering for the church, and copies of the readings to the rehearsal. Mary Ann Gaken is our rehearsal coordinator. She can be contacted at: Rehearsal@StAgathaParish.org
The Wedding fee is $1,000. If you make the offering by check, the check should be made out to “St. Agatha Parish.” This fee includes the offering for the Parish, the organist, the cantor, consultation with the Music Director and Organist prior to the wedding, altar server, and wedding coordinator for the rehearsal and day of wedding. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required when the wedding date is booked.
It is not possible to answer every question you
have now, or will have, as the time for your wedding approaches.
The priest or deacon officiating at your wedding will always
be more than happy to answer your questions as they inevitably
Rectory Office 617-698-2439 Rectory@StAgathaParish.org
Fr. William Palardy WPalardy@StAgathaParish.org
Fr. Jason Makos JMakos@StAgathaParish.org
Deacon Dan Sullivan DSullivan@StAgathaParish.org
Ms Agata Orzechowska MusicDirector@StAgathaParish.org
Mary Ann Gaken