Welcome to St. Lucy's Church. We are honored that you have chosen historic and beautiful St. Lucy's Church for your wedding.We will do everything that we can to make your wedding day a celebration of faith and joy.
STEP 1: What to Do Before You See St. Lucy's Pastor
A Catholic parishioner contemplating marriage is defined as a practicing Catholic and who is registered at St. Lucy's Church (uses envelopes). Also, they have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If both parties are Catholic and are not parishioners of St. Lucy’s; you will each need to obtain a letter from your pastor permitting the wedding to be performed here at St. Lucy's Church. Without this letter (s) St. Lucy’s has no jurisdiction or authority to perform the wedding.
If you have not been confirmed there is usually ample time before the wedding to receive instruction and the Sacrament of Confirmation at your parish. See your pastor. Protestants need only to obtain their baptismal certificate.
If one spouse (Catholic or Protestant) has been divorced you will have to seek an annulment through the Diocesan Tribunal.Speak with your pastor to obtain more information.
Call St. Lucy’s Church to see if the date you want for your marriage is available or if you have questions.
STEP 2:What Paperwork Do I Need Before I Set Up an Appointment with the Pastor?
1. A Catholic needs a brand new Baptism Certificate for Marriage from their parish(not more than six months old).Be sure that you request a Baptismal Certificate for Marriage with notations. A non-Catholic spouse will need a baptismal cerificate form their pairsh if they have been baptized.
2.If your First Communion and Confirmation are not recorded on the back of your baptismal certificate, you will need to obtain a First Communion and Confirmation certificate from the parish in which you received them.
3.For Catholics who received Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at St. Lucy's Church, we have the records.
4. The bride and groom will need two witnesses each (family or friends) who will attest that the bride and groom have not attempted marriage, civil or religious, previously. The witnesses must be adults (18+) and be present at the first meeting with the pastor.
STEP 3: Meeting with the Pastor
Now that you have your brand new baptismal certificates with notations and your four witnesses, you are ready to make an appointment with the pastor. At this meeting the ceremony will be discussed so prepare your questions. You can always email the pastor at email@example.com with any questions at any time.
STEP 4: Planning Your Wedding Ceremony
Date And Times For Weddings : Saturday Weddings are at 1:00 p.m. Weddings may also be scheduled on Friday evenings, except for the first Friday of the month and Fridays during Lent. Weddings are not normally scheduled between the Third Sunday of Advent and the Feast of the Holy Family and between Palm Sunday and the 3rd Sunday after Easter.
Readings: If you wish to involve family or friends on this special day you can pick out the scripture readings for your wedding at: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/old-testament-readings. You need to pick out one Old Testament reading and one New Testament reading. The responsorial hymn is sung. The priest will pick out the gospel.
Bring your readings, wedding license, and church fee to the rehearsal.
Music: After you have met with the pastor, call Christopher Mendicino, the Director of Music (570-947-8432). The music must have a sacred character which supports your Sacrament of Marriage. All music, soloists, and musicians will be approved by the Director of Music. See the section “Church Fees.”
Flowers and Runner:Use flowers in moderation. Bows and flowers will be attached to the pews with rubber bands, no tape. There are 34 pews. The center aisle is 70 feet long if you use a runner.
Photography:Photos of your wedding are special. It is best to use a professional wedding photographer. Stationary video is permitted. Pictures are allowed for only 30 minutes after the ceremony.
Throwing of rice, birdseed, confetti, flower petals, etc. is not permitted anywhere on church property in the interest of safety and maintenance. Bubbles are allowed.
Flower Girls:No flower petals may be thrown in the Church.The Flower Girls will simply walk down the aisle with the basket.
Cleanup: Before the ushers depart please have them remove all flower boxes, bubble containers, the runner, programs and other items.
Pre-Marriage Counseling is mandatory and should be completed soon after the wedding date is set.You may obtain an updated list of times and places at www.dioceseofscranton.org under Parish Life.
Unity candles are not used at St. Lucy's Church.The symbol for the sacramental unity of husband and wife is the exchange of vows.Unity candles are best utilized at the reception before the cake is cut where both families can be involved with great pictures.
Church Fees: Please make out the check to St. Lucy’s Church for the church fee.
Church Fee for Parishioners $325
Church Fee for Non-Parishioners $425
MUSIC FEES: Music is arranged directly with Director of Music.
Pay all music fees and make all music arrangements directly with Mr. Christopher Mendicino (570-947-8432) the Director of Music. Private musicians, cantors and all music selections must be approved by the Director of Music. They are also compensated by the requester (s) not the parish.
Today is very different than just ten years ago. Church etiquette has sadly vanished among so many. Your wedding should be a spiritual and dignified event so remind the wedding party that food, beverages and especially gum are not allowed in the House of God. Also please mute all cell phones.
Proper behavior and dressis a must. St. Lucy's Church is a house of prayer in which the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist) is reposed in the Tabernacle. Loud talking is not allowed within St. Lucy's Church.
Your wedding day is very special!
It is a profound spiritual moment in your lives. Our hope is that you prepare yourselves spiritually