St. Peter Parish, Cambridge

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

100 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2306 | (617) 547-4235 | office@saintpetercambridge.org

Celebrating your Wedding at St. Peter Parish

Congratulations! Preparing for and celebrating a marriage is a joyful and graced time in the lives of men and women. The people and staff of Saint Peter Parish share your joy as you prepare for this important step in your lives. As a parish we promise you our love, support and understanding both now and in the future as well.

Registering For a Wedding Date:

Please call the parish (617-547-4235) 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.

Preparation Program:

Couples are asked to participate in a marriage preparation program, and the parish staff will be happy to assist you in finding a program.

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 parish staff is fully capable and happy to help you in the selection of the Scripture Readings, Music, and all the elements of your wedding ceremony. Our Director of Music is Doreen Gulledge (dgulledge@saintpetercambridge.org) (Telephone: 617-924-3099). You may contact her directly.

Other Items Often Asked:

Yes, photography, both video and still, are permitted. Also yes, you may provide flowers for the church. (We do not permit an Aisle Runner – White Carpet – as they are dangerous and unnecessary.) Yes, you may have your receiving line at the church. Yes, we have some parking available. It is in the lot at the corner of Concord and Manassas Avenues.

Typical fees include: Church – $200, Organist/Pianist – $200, Cantor – $175, Altar Server – $20, Celebrant – at the discretion of the couple.

If we have missed anything please do not hesitate to speak up 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.