Congratulations on your engagement!
The Bible describes God’s plan for marriage as a grace for a happy life and sign of Christ’s faithful and fruitful love for his Bride, the Church. We at Our Lady of Mercy are excited for you to grow in this love and understanding.
This is one of the most exciting (and hectic) seasons in your life. Let us help you get ready for more than just the wedding day.
Marriage Preparation Steps
Complete General Wedding Information
Please contact the Parish Secretary, Diane Reiter at (630) 851-3444 to provide general information.
Our Lady of Mercy celebrates the sacrament of marriage for existing registered parishioners.
Weddings are celebrated at least six months from when they are scheduled.
Schedule meeting with Priest
√ Priest or Deacon will determine Freedom to Marry then wedding date can be confirmed.
√ Discuss marriage preparation process.
√ Discuss preparation fees and required documentation.
√ Receive wedding information packet.
Couples or their parents who are consistently contributing to Our Lady of Mercy prior to scheduling the wedding are required to pay a $250 stipend to secure the requested wedding date.
Couples or their parents who are not consistently contributing to Our Lady of Mercy prior to scheduling the wedding are required to pay a $500 stipend to secure the requested wedding date.
Complete Pre-Marriage Inventory
You will receive an email from OLM’s Sponsor Couple Coordinator that will include the inventory link from FOCCUS.
√The inventory is a valuable tool for identifying strengths and weaknesses within a couple’s relationship.
√Review of the FOCCUS Survey will be arranged by a Sponsor Couple for meeting times that are mutually convenient.
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Natural Family Planning (NFP) Workshop
Every engaged couple is required to complete a course on Natural Family Planning (NFP). In NFP couples are taught to understand and live God’s design for married love. NFP methods promote a holistic approach to family planning which both respects procreation and has the potential to deepen the intimacy of husband and wife.
Contact (Priest or Deacon) who will preside at your Celebration of Marriage
If the Marriage celebration will occur at OLM, call (630) 851-3444. If the celebration is at another location or will be presided by someone outside of OLM, then the couple must arrange for a meeting directly.
√ Contact within six months of wedding date to finish necessary paperwork.
√ Additional meetings are determined on a case-by-case basis.
√ The planning of the liturgy will be completed and turned in to the church at least four weeks prior to the wedding.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
As the marriage date approaches, couples are highly encouraged to prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
√ The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday at 3 p.m. or by appointment with the priest.
√ It is recommended the couples individually receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation from the priest who will preside at the wedding.
Arrangements will be made to schedule a date to meet at the church to prepare and rehearse for the wedding.