Following the directives and guidance of Cardinal Sean and the Archdiocese of Boston for COVID-19:
Weddings and may proceed but attendance should be limited to only immediate family.
At this time the Shrine is moving forward with all weddings as planned. We ask that attendance be limited to immediate family and the wedding party.
Weddings at the Shrine
Congratulations on your engagement, we are thrilled that you have chosen to celebrate your wedding at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. Please download and review our Wedding Procedure and Guidelines and Wedding Intake Form. Please fill out the Wedding Intake Form and attach it to your initial email to Lisa, the Shrine Wedding Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Inquiry Contact
Mailing address for wedding
Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage
Attn: Wedding Coordinator
P.O. Box 52198
Boston, MA 02205
• It is recommended that you make contact with Lisa the Wedding Liturgy
Coordinator at the very beginning of your engagement, at least 10 months
prior to the wedding date. Some of the necessary paperwork and steps can
take a considerable amount of time to complete.
• Weddings generally take place at the Shrine on Saturday at 2:00 or 4:30
pm. Other days and times may be arranged upon request.
• Weddings are reserved on a first come first served basis which is why it is
important to make your inquiry as soon as possible.
• The Shrine holds 250 people. There are 13 rows of pews inside the Shrine.
• A tour of the Shrine can be arranged upon request.
• Nothing may be thrown on the Shrine property, inside or outside (rice,
flowers, flower pedals, etc.)
• Runners are not permitted in the church aisle.
• Seasonal liturgical decor already in place, including seasonal flowers,
cannot be removed for wedding liturgies. Be aware of the Church’s
liturgical seasons when selecting the date for your wedding.
• Please ask your florist to contact the Shrine to arrange floral deliveries.
• Questions about the procedure and necessary paperwork can be answered
by Lisa, the Wedding Liturgy Coordinator when an inquiry is made.
Out of State Clergy: If you have asked a priest or deacon who is NOT a resident of the State of Massachusetts, he will need to complete this form: Out of State Non-Resident Clergy - Petition to Solemnize Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage
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.