Holy Matrimony

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”  “From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive; furthermore, in a Christian marriage the spouses are strengthened and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state by a special sacrament.” The consent by which the spouses mutually give and receive one another is sealed by God himself. From their covenant arises “an institution, confirmed by the divine law, . . . even in the eyes of society.” The covenant between the spouses is integrated into God’s covenant with man: “Authentic married love is caught up into divine love.   (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601, 1638-1639)

St. Joan of Arc Parish rejoices with you as you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Engaged couples are asked to call the Parish Office at 630-353-4514  to request a wedding at St. Joan of Arc Parish.

Either the bride or groom must be a registered and participating SJA parishioner for at least three months prior to the couple requesting a wedding at St. Joan of Arc Parish.  Graduates of St. Joan of Arc School may also be married at our parish.

At the initial meeting with one of the priests of the parish, a tentative date and time for the wedding may usually be set.  Diocesan policy requires that there be an interval of at least six months between this initial meeting and the wedding liturgy.  Please note that only a tentative date can be set until requirements are met, and approval, if needed, is given by the diocese.

No other wedding plans (i.e., reserving a hall, arrangements with photographer, etc.) should be made before the initial meeting with the priest. 

Informational Booklet on the Sacrament of Matrimony at St. Joan of Arc