Celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage @ IC
As a parish community, we offer our warmest congratulations on your engagement! Our parish family rejoices with you, your family and your friends on your decision to join together as man and wife and we would be honored to celebrate this joyous occasion with you. The Catholic Church recognizes your marriage as a sacrament, as your visible love and faithfulness to each other will become a powerful sign of God’s love. It is a sacred celebration meant to express your faith in God and your love for each other. Marriage emulates the relationship that God intends to have with all creation — ever-faithful, life-giving, and eternally loving.
If you are seeking to celebrate your wedding at our parish, please contact our Parish Office at least six months prior to the desired date to begin making the necessary arrangements. At that time, a member of our parish staff will assist you in completing our wedding intake form and guide you through the initial process. Although it is not required for you to be a registered parishioner at our parish in order to celebrate your wedding with us at IC, you are always welcome to become a part of our parish family and we would be more than happy to register you at any time.
In our parish community, weddings are traditionally celebrated on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 P.M. Special weekday & weekend wedding dates are permitted as well, if our parish schedule allows. On the day of the wedding, the wedding party and florist/decorator will have access to our church one hour prior to the ceremony (for decorating/dressing purposes), and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the ceremony (for photographs, etc.)
Once you have determined your desired wedding date (as well as confirmed your corresponding reservation with your Reception Hall), a $250.00 non-refundable deposit is required to officially reserve the date on our schedule. At that time, one of our priests will contact you to schedule an appointment to meet with you as a couple to determine your readiness for marriage and begin the preliminary paperwork process by completing the prenuptial questionnaire. During this preliminary meeting, you will also receive a booklet entitled Together for Life that will assist you with your choices for prayers and Scripture readings. Over a series of meetings leading up to your wedding, our priest will walk together with you on your journey, offering guidance and spiritual support, preparing you to enter into a covenant with God and with each other.
As a part of the required documentation for weddings, both the bride and groom will need to provide a recently issued copy of their baptismal certificate from the Church of their Baptism (which should include all sacramental notations – i.e. First Communion, Confirmation, previous marriages (if applicable), etc.)
You will also need to select 2 witnesses each (ideally either parents, siblings, or relatives) to complete and sign witness affidavit forms on your behalf (attesting to your freedom to marry, etc.).
For those previously married, a Declaration of Nullity must be provided in order to demonstrate that you are free to re-marry in the Catholic Church. This applies for all forms of previous marriages, even those celebrated civilly.
A Certificate of Completion of the Marriage Preparation Program – commonly known as Pre-Cana – is also required and must be completed within one year of the day you wish to be married. A list of programs available in the Archdiocese of Chicago can be found at https://pvm.archchicago.org/lifelong-formation/marriage-and-family-ministries/getting-married. These programs are designed to deepen your awareness of the challenges of living together in a Christian marriage. Through discussion, exercises, and presentations, you will have the opportunity to concentrate more intensely on many facets of married life.
You are also responsible for securing a valid civil marriage license issued by the Cook County Clerk’s Office prior to your wedding date – for additional information, please visit: https://www.cookcountyclerkil.gov/service/marriage-licenses. Once secured, couples are encouraged to bring the Marriage License to our Parish Office one week prior to your wedding date (or you may present it to our priest on the evening of your wedding rehearsal - along with your wedding programs - if applicable.) Rehearsals for weddings are typically held one to two days prior to the scheduled wedding date.
In order to ensure that the musical portion of your wedding is personal, thoughtful, and one that brings you closer together as a couple, we encourage you to contact Scott Will, our Director of Worship, via telephone @ 773.775.3833 Ext. 104 or via email @ email@example.com within four to six weeks of your wedding date to schedule a wedding consultation to discuss and plan the music for your wedding celebration.
All associated wedding fees (remaining church balance, musicians, and altar servers) are due two weeks prior to your wedding date.
Our prayers and best wishes are with you as a community as you embark upon this lifetime journey of love together and we thank you for inviting us to be a part of this special milestone in your lives!
*If you have been married previously, or married outside the Catholic Church (civilly), we would be honored to assist you through the Annulment process or with a Marriage Convalidation ceremony. Please contact our Parish Office via telephone @ 773.775.3833 for additional information.