Priest Friends or Relatives
We are happy to allow a relative or a close friend who is a priest or deacon to witness your marriage. If one party is not Catholic, this person is free to invite a minister to be present and involved in the ceremony. Please consult a priest prior to the invitation. Priests residing outside of Massachusetts must seek permission from the Office of the Secretary of State to legally perform the wedding in this state.
For information regarding assistance in obtaining a Certificate of Authorization from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, please contact:
Division of Public Records
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
If you are having your paperwork prepared by your own priest, all information must be received at the St. Mary's Parish Office at least 30 days before the wedding date. Please contact Patti Phillips for further information regarding the requirements at 508.339.2981 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org