Congratulations on your engagement and best wishes to you as you prepare for your marriage here at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. We want you to have the best experience of your lives as you prepare for the big day. Marriage is the biggest step in our lives, and the Church wants you to understand that besides being bonded to one another, you are bonded to Almighty God by a sacrament to strengthen you in the spiritual life that ennobles your bonds. Beginning your marriage with a Church Mass further emphasizes the spiritual union. The guests you invite to witness the ceremony are asked to not only share the joy of the moment, but also to pray for the success of your bond.
General Guidelines and Information
In planning your marriage here at St. Elizabeth’s, it is necessary to first meet with the priest and discuss the time and date with him. Please do not make prior arrangements until meeting with the priest.
Since there are many requests to have marriages here at St. Elizabeth’s, we would ask that you meet with the priest at least six months in advance. If possible, a year would be strongly suggested.
Attendance at a Marriage Preparation Seminar is a requirement for all who wish to marry here. A booklet with the schedules for Marriage Preparation is available during the first appointment.
Marriage times at St. Elizabeth’s are 10 AM – 2 PM and 5:30 PM on Saturday.
At your wedding rehearsal, wedding coordinators will assist you. They will also assist you on your wedding day.
Bathroom facilities are available at the Church.
Please remember to allow extra travel time to get to the Church during the summer season. There can be heavy traffic at both the Bourne Bridge and the Sagamore Bridge, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
Planning Your Wedding Ceremony
When you meet with the priest, you will be given a pamphlet to assist you in preparing for the ceremony of marriage. Along with this pamphlet, there is a form indicating choices of prayers and readings. The priest will explain and help you fill out this form. You are free and encouraged to have family members or friends assist in the reading of the Scripture at the wedding.
It is suggested that you arrange for the organist as soon as you have set your wedding date with the priest. Your wedding music should reflect the sacred nature of marriage. It should speak of your commitment and faithfulness before God and the community of Faith. If you plan to bring your own musician or soloist, please notify our Music Director and organist, John Jannis. He will be happy to assist you with your music selections. He can be reached at 508-916-6791. For more information on music for weddings, please press the link, Music for Weddings.