The Catholic Church considers marriage a sacrament, a vehicle for God’s graces to the couple and to the community.
Marriage in the Catholic Church is attractive not only because of its meaningful rituals and traditions but because of its impact on your life and happiness. Couples can fully appreciate its value they look at married life through the eyes of faith. Then you will see your wedding not as a one-day event but as the door to a great adventure that will last the rest of your life, a journey that involves not just you and your spouse but one that includes God, your children, your community and all of society. Marriage is not an isolated relationship. The family based on marriage is the fundamental cell of human society. The Catholic Church invites you to give meaning to your life by embracing the vocation of marriage and forming a family that is dedicated to cultivating and sharing God’s love.
Couples of faith are more successful and satisfied in marriage not because they have fewer problems than anyone else. What helps these couples grow and overcome obstacles is the help they find in God’s grace.
At least 6 months before you plan to marry, call the parish office. Some initial information will be asked and this will get the process started.
You will be contacted to schedule an initial meeting with a priest
Schedule and attend the Rockford Diocese seminar: Gift of Self
Contact the Music Coordinator at the parish to schedule a musician and cantor
A mentor couple will contact you to go over your Fully Engaged workbook and inventory
Contact your church of baptism no sooner than 6 months before the wedding for a copy of your Baptismal Certificates with notes
Call the parish office to schedule a time with a priest or deacon for parents to sign Witness Affidavits (To establish freedom of marriage)
Your Wedding Coordinator will contact you to prepare for the ceremony
The customary stipends for those members/non-members of the parish are
Church Member Non-Church Member
Chapel: $150 $500
Church: $250 $500
Presider: $175 $175
Accompanist: $200 $200
Cantors: $150 $150
Wedding Coordinator: $100 $100
Sound Tech $200 $200
(If musicians are not from SJN)
Deposit: $200 (which will be returned within a week of the wedding if no extra clean-up is required)
The customary stipends for non-members of the Parish are the same as above except the Chapel or Church: A donation of $500
All fees are due to the wedding coordinator before the rehearsal
If you would like to pay any fees in advance electronically, please click here