Weddings

Mass Schedule

Saint Paul Church
923 Christian Street
Vigil of Sunday: (Saturday) 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM & 12:00 Noon
Mon - Thu: 7:30 AM, Sat 8:00 AM
Holy Day: 7:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Civil Holidays: 9:00am


St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church
712 Montrose Street
Sunday: 10:00am
Vigil of Holy Days: 5:00pm

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SAINT PAUL PARISH
808 S. Hutchinson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Rectory 215.923.0355

FAX 215.923.1803

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CONGRATULATIONS

On behalf of St. Paul Parish, congratulations to you on your engagement and on your decision to enter into the holy and joyful state of marriage. Jesus’ first miracle took place at the wedding feast of Cana. We hope to be of assistance in making your ceremony a solemn celebration of God’s love for you and your love for each other. Due to the seriousness and sacredness of marriage, you will need to prepare for your special day. The following Church requirements must be followed and will help you to prepare properly for the wedding ceremony and more importantly, your life together as husband and wife.

DATE AND TIME

Marriages are usually celebrated on Saturday at 12 noon or 2:00 PM at St. Paul Church. In order to ensure persons’ sincere desire to be married at St Paul Parish, a date is not reserved unless a $200.00 deposit has been received. This is non-refundable and may be subtracted from final offerings due the parish.

CERTIFICATES AND PAPERWORK

  1. Catholic parties are required to present recent (not a copy of the original) copies of their baptismal certificates. They must be dated within six months of the wedding. (If you were baptized at St. Paul’s or St. Mary Magdalen dePazzi, we already have your baptismal record). The baptismal certificate is easily attained by calling the church of your baptism and asking for your baptismal certificate for the purpose of marriage. No marriage can take place without this certificate. Complete parish contact information can be found at : The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Website .
  2. If you are marrying a non-Catholic, they should present a copy of their baptismal certificate if they have been baptized. The Catholic party must be willing to do all in their power to have the children of this marriage baptized and reared as Catholics. The Catholic party is asked to sign the document stating this intention.
  3. Catholic parties (bride or groom) not from St. Paul Parish are also required to present a “Letter of Freedom to Marry” from his/her parish. This may be obtained from the Rectory or Parish Office of your home parish.
  4. Each party is asked to choose two people who have known them sufficiently enough to give testimony of their intention to enter into marriage. This is called a Pre-Marriage Witness Testimony.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

A Pre-Cana Workshop is required for all engaged couples. The Pre-Cana Workshop is based on the four major aspects of marriage: Spirituality, Communication, Adjustment and Sexuality. Pre-Cana Workshops may be taken in any (Arch) Diocese.

For information on Workshops scheduled in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia you may visit their website at: http://phillycatholiclife.org/marriage-and-family/preparing-for-marriage/.  Click on Options for Marriage Preparation on the right side, scroll to bottom of page and the click on “Online registration”. Or, you may call the Family Life Office directly at: 215-587-3561.

It is also possible to complete your Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) online. You may visit the website: http://www.catholicmarriagepreponline.com/. However, this is not recommended. Couples find it worthwhile to do their Pre-Cana with other couples because they can pick up a lot of information just talking to others. Marriage is a relationship and marriage preparation is best done in relationship with other couples.

When you have completed your Pre-Cana, preferably several months before your wedding, please return the Certificate of Attendance to the St. Paul rectory.

PREPARING FOR THE WEDDING LITURGY

The Nuptial Mass or the Nuptial Ceremony is first and foremost a public act of worship of the Catholic Church. It is within this context that the Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated.

MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING AT ST PAUL PARISH

The Sacrament of Marriage is greatly enhanced by the use of Sacred Liturgical music. Whether the bride and groom choose a Nuptial Mass or a Nuptial Ceremony, appropriate Liturgical music, properly placed, serves to focus the attention of the assembled and leads them to the source of love itself – Who is God. We want you to have the best Liturgical music possible. Our Coordinator of Liturgical Music is contractually responsible for and will guide you in choosing liturgical music. She must be made aware of and approve the music that is selected.

SPECIFIC MUSICAL NORMS
Because the Wedding Liturgy is first and foremost a religious and church celebration, no music of a secular or non-sacred nature is permitted. Please note that Richard Wagner’s Bridal March “Here Comes the Bride” as well as Felix Mendelssohn’s Bridal March from “Lohengrin,” are not permitted as they come from secular sources which mock the nature of marriage. Furthermore, there is infinitely more beautiful and grandiose music which may be used. Our Coordinator of Liturgical Music will be happy to provide appropriate instrumental pieces of a more solemn character for the entrance of the bridal party and ministers.
Please contact the Coordinator of Liturgical Music at least three months before your wedding. All musical arrangements, including obtaining cantors and instrumentalists, are arranged by the Coordinator.

MUSICIANS
If a parish organist or cantor is not used and you choose to hire your own, the fee of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) must still be paid to parish personnel since all of our organists and cantors are contracted. If you wish to use your own cantor, or organist, please inform the coordinator. Likewise, the coordinator will be more than happy to assist in the hiring of other instrumentalists (for example, a Trumpeter). In general, persons who are brought in for the day must be somewhat familiar with Catholic Liturgy and have an understanding of our norms with respect to Mass. In the event the person(s) is/are not familiar, the parish organist /cantor will be present to help guide them through the process

MUSIC FEES AND PAYMENT OF FEES
1. The fee for our Organist is Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).
2. The fee for our Cantor is Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00). All cantors must lead the congregation in song from the lectern in the Sanctuary. No other location is permitted.
3. Payment of music fees must be made directly to the Pastor prior to the wedding on the night of the rehearsal. The Marriage License should also be presented at this time.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING

St. Paul Church has no parking and no parking lot. Commercial and street parking is available in the neighborhood, where permitted. There are 2-hour permit parking lots on Christian Street between South 7th. and South 8th. Streets and on South 8th. Street between Montrose and Washington Avenue. There is a pay lot at the Superfresh Food Store (located at 10th. and South) with their lot entrance located on South 11th. Street, just North of South Street. Please contact Michele Gambino at italianmarketinfo@gmail.com to inquire about renting the Italian Market parking lot, located on Carpenter Street.

SOME PRACTICALITIES FOR THE WEDDING DAY

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

Floral arrangements are made by the couple. We recommend one arrangement on either side of the Tabernacle. These arrangements are a donation to the church; therefore, they must remain on the altar after the liturgy. Flowers may be attached to designated pews however, tape or other damaging adhesives are not permitted to preserve the pews.

AISLE RUNNER

Our church floor is made of ornate ceramic tiles causing any type of runner to buckle making it very dangerous when people walk, especially during processions. Since this is extremely hazardous, we PROHIBIT the use of an aisle runner here in St. Paul’s Church. This policy has been made effective for insurance reasons as well as for the safety of all concerned because of prior accidents.

CANDLES

Candles of any kind are not permitted in the body of the church due to fire hazards.

THE WEDDING OR UNITY CANDLE

The so called Wedding or “Unity Candle”, introduced in many places into the Rite of Marriage and often after the exchange of vows has never been part of the Roman Catholic Liturgy of Marriage and fails to adequately express the theological meaning of the Rite. In fact, the ceremony that frequently accompanies the lighting of this candle detracts from the central and most significant dimension of the Sacramental Rite, the Exchange of Vows itself which is followed by the Blessing and Exchange of Rings. The Exchange of Vows is the Sacramental action of unity and its primary symbol. In both the Rite of Marriage during Mass and the Rite of Marriage outside Mass the use of the Wedding or Unity Candle is thus prohibited. We are aware that these items are expensive and that someone may have already gifted this to you. As an alternative, and to prevent offense to a loved one, we often recommend that it be lit at some point during your reception.

VISIT TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY ALTAR

The practice of the bride and groom visiting the Marian altar or shrine following the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage should reflect sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of the Lord. The Rite of Marriage makes no reference to this devotional practice; therefore, if it does take place, it occurs after the Concluding Rites of the Mass/Ceremony. This is an optional practice.

RECEIVING LINE OR PICTURES IN CHURCH

In order to maintain enough time between weddings and provide reverence during our Confession time and preparation for those attending the Anticipated Mass for Sunday on Saturday evening, we ask that the bride and groom decide either to have a receiving line or to take TWENTY MINUTES for photos. We ask everyone to maintain the utmost respect for the Blessed Sacrament at all times.

PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS OF BREAD AND WINE

In addition, you may choose two people who will present the gifts of bread and wine at Mass.

RING BEARER/FLOWER GIRL

If they are participating in the Entrance Procession, they must be at least 7 years of age or else be accompanied by an adult. Children are not permitted to throw flowers petals on the floor of the church.

THE CHURCH IS A SACRED PLACE

At no time may alcoholic beverages be present or consumed in St. Paul Church, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, Columbus House, St. Paul Rectory or on any of the Parish grounds. Balloons are not permitted to be brought into the Church. Also, no rice, confetti, birdseed, or flower petals are permitted to be thrown on Church property. Festive items such as bells or bubbles are more appropriate but of course not in any way required. 

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

Please have your photographer/videographer see the priest before the wedding. They may not be in the Sanctuary. Afterwards, pictures may be taken in the church for 20 MINUTES. We ask that they please keep a respectful tone and attitude mindful of the rites that are taking place.

REHEARSAL

On the evening of your rehearsal, you are asked to bring with you the following items:

  1. MARRIAGE LICENSE – You must obtain a Pennsylvania license. Both parties must appear in person to apply. The couple can apply in any county. The license remains valid for sixty (60) days. Both parties must supply proof of identification and age through one of the following: driver’s license, passport, birth certificate or Pennsylvania non-driver’s license. If either party has been divorced or widowed, they must present a copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. As of June 25, 1997, blood tests and premarital physical examinations are not required to obtain a Pennsylvania license.Philadelphia County
    215-686-2233
    City Hall – Room #413
    Philadelphia
    Monday through Friday
    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    $80.00 – cash ONLY
  2. OFFERING & FEES—Please put in separate envelopes and mark each with the recipient.

A: Wedding Fee is $1000.00 less a $200.00 deposit made once date is reserved. This deposit fee is non-refundable should the date be cancelled.

B. Music

Organist- $200.00
Cantor- $200.00
C. Other
Sexton- $50.00
Altar Server (Adult)- $25.00
Celebrant- $50.00

WORSHIP LEAFLETS

Our Coordinator of Liturgical Music will assist in the outline of your program if you choose to have one. The Coordinator of Liturgical Music must review a copy of it before it goes to print. Once your program is approved you may bring them to the wedding rehearsal. For your convenience a sample Order of Mass/Ceremony is provided in the back of the Booklet.

WEDDING MASS PLANNER

Please begin to fill out, and bring any questions you have regarding this worksheet, to your consultation with the priest . This worksheet may downloaded from the section WEDDING MASS PLANNER WORKSHEET, the 3rd item from the bottom of this page.

DRESS

The wedding rehearsal and the ceremony take place in church; therefore, your attendants should be dressed accordingly and prepared to be fully attentive to the priest conducting the rehearsal. The Wedding Liturgy celebrates the sacrament of marriage and should not be treated as a fashion display of dresses and tuxedos. Modesty in dress is a sign of respect in and out of church.

THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Please encourage everyone to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the rehearsal. If someone needs to go to confession that night, please inform the priest.

PARISH REGISTRATION

Please remember that as a newly married couple you should be registered in a parish. If you wish to remain in St. Paul, please inform the Pastor before your wedding. If you are joining another parish, please register there immediately after the honeymoon.

READINGS FOR THE NUPTIAL MASS OR CEREMONY

You need to choose one reading from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Readers for the wedding liturgy will read from the Lectionary, not from typewritten sheets.
Readers are asked to be present at the wedding rehearsal so that there may be practice. If this is not possible, they must see the priest twenty minutes prior to the wedding.




WEDDING MASS PLANNER WORKSHEET

(Please return the completed form to Father within two weeks of your consulation)

Download from the link below.

WEDDING MASS PLANNER WORKSHEET

THE WEDDING MASS

Introductory Rites

Processional Music
Bridal Procession
Entrance Hymn
Sign of the Cross and Greeting
Penitential Act
Opening Collect
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading
Gospel Acclamation
Gospel
Homily
Rite of Marriage
Exchange of Consent
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
Prayer of the Faithful
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Presentation of the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer
Communion Rite
The Lord’s Prayer
Nuptial Blessing
Lamb of God
Concluding Rites
Presentation to the Blessed Mother
Solemn Blessing and Dismissal
Recessional
Please note: On days that are Sundays or Solemnities of the Church, the Mass of the day must be used with its proper readings and prayers.
During Lent, no flowers may be used at the altar, nor any additional instruments other than the organ. During Passiontide, all the images in the church are covered in purple.

THE WEDDING CEREMONY

Introductory Rites

Processional Music
Bridal Procession
Entrance Hymn
Sign of the Cross and Greeting
Act of Penitence
Opening Prayer
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading
Gospel Acclamation
Gospel
Homily
Rite of Marriage
Exchange of Consent
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
Prayer of the Faithful
Nuptial Blessing
The Lord’s Prayer
Concluding Rites
Presentation to the Blessed Mother
Solemn Blessing and Dismissal
Recessional
During Lent, no flowers may be used at the altar, nor any additional instruments other than the organ. During Passiontide, all the images in the church are covered in purple.