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SS Peter and Paul Parish

36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville, IL 60540 | (630) 355-1081
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Wedding Planning

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Wedding Planning at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Welcome to the Saints Peter & Paul wedding planning website. We hope these pages will assist you in planning your ceremony here. Please browse through these pages to acquaint yourself with the policies and procedures at Saints Peter & Paul regarding weddings. They have been prepared to help you make your wedding day both beautiful and memorable.

Let’s get started: If you are interested in having your wedding ceremony at Saints Peter & Paul, the first thing you need to do is schedule a date with our parish secretary at (630) 355-1081. Please read over our Wedding Policy before calling to set a date. Please note that wedding dates, especially in the summer months, fill up quickly.

Wedding Policy

We have begun scheduling 2018 wedding dates and will begin scheduling 2019 wedding dates on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church rejoices with you as you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Because of the large number of weddings at Saints Peter & Paul and, in order to accommodate our parishioners, there are some guidelines which must be followed as you prepare for your wedding.

The parish will set a date when contacted by only the bride or groom themselves. We are not able to set a wedding date with parents, grandparents, relatives or friends unless the bride and groom are both serving in the military service abroad. All arrangements are also made only with the bride and groom.

Either the bride or groom themselves, or either set of parents, must be registered parishioners for a minimum of three months before the parish will check the calendar for a wedding date. The parish will also permit any individual who has been confirmed in the parish or graduated from our parish school or graduated from North Central College to be married at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church following all other requirements and given the permission of their proper pastor.

The Diocese of Joliet requires a minimum preparation period of 6 months. This means that your wedding date cannot be sooner than six months from the time that the parish confirms your date with you. (If you phone the parish and your date is set on February 1st, the earliest that you can get married is August 1st.) To clarify, if you are newly registered here, there will be a 9 month period before your wedding can take place.

Stipends for weddings are as follows:

  • Registered active parishioners of one year or longer – $700.00
  • Inactive parishioners (non-contributing at the time the wedding is booked) – $1,000.00
  • New parishioners (registered less than one year at the time the wedding is booked) – $1,000.00

Note: Fees for parish stipend, parish organist and cantors are included in the above offering amounts; however fees for brass and violins are not included in this fee. For those couples who are not registered parishioners but whose parents are, the above guidelines apply to the relevant registered parishioners.

The stipend check should be made out Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, listing the wedding date and time on the memo line. Please insure that your check is submitted to the parish office no later than one month after booking your wedding. (Wedding stipends will be refunded for any cancellation if the parish is notified no later than one month prior to your originally scheduled wedding date.)

Couples must be engaged prior to setting a wedding date. A date will not be scheduled if Holy Matrimony is only a possibility.

Participation in a PreCana workshop and two dates of “God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage” is required for those preparing for Holy Matrimony at Saints Peter & Paul. Classes are offered quarterly at Saints Peter & Paul. There is no fee for your participation at our Parish if you are being married here; however if your Holy Matrimony is at another Parish, the fee for this class is $125.00. PreCana Info and Schedule.

Participation in one instructional class on Natural Family Planning (NFP) is required for those preparing for Holy Matrimony at Saints Peter & Paul. Classes are offered on-line for a fee of $49.00. Please login at https://catholicmarriageprepclass.digitalchalk.com/dc/guest/login. Make sure to obtain a certificate verifying your participation and submit to the parish office so that it may be included in your marriage file.

Please be aware, that when a Catholic is marrying a non-Catholic, your Holy Matrimony will be celebrated with a ceremony that does not include the reception of Holy Communion. In these cases, one of our deacons may be assigned to prepare you for Holy Matrimony and to celebrate your wedding ceremony.

A Sacrament of Holy Matrimony may not be scheduled if either party has been previously married without first speaking to one of the priests. The secretary will ask this question when taking the initial information.

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is scheduled here on Fridays at 4:00 PM and on Saturdays at noon and 2:30 PM. Rehearsals for Friday weddings are at 6:00 PM on the Thursday before; rehearsals for Saturday noon weddings are at 6:00 PM on the Friday before; and rehearsals for Saturday 2:30 PM weddings are at 7:00 PM on the Friday before. Wedding and rehearsal times are not negotiable. Due to the large number of Masses (11 Masses) on Sundays, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is not celebrated on Sundays.

To schedule a wedding date, call the Parish office during regular office hours, 630-355-1081 or stop by the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Pre Cana Holy Matrimony Preparation

After setting an initial appointment with your priest, the next step is to register for two required Pre Cana components.

  • The Holy Matrimony Skills component of Pre Cana seeks to prepare you for married life by sharing with you the experience of married couples on real-life issues that arise over time in a Holy Matrimony.  Topics include Communication, Career and Finance, and Family Life.
  • The other component, “God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage,” explains the timeless wisdom of Catholic teaching on God’s plan for Holy Matrimony. The day provides an overview of Catholic teaching on Holy Matrimony and explains the meaning and importance of the commitments made in the exchange of vows. It also draws from this foundation to present the beauty and goodness of God’s plan for sexual union, explaining the “whys” behind the “whats” of Catholic teaching.

The Holy Matrimony Skills component is offered on Sundays four times a year. The dates are listed below. These sessions begin by attending the 8:00 am Mass on the Sunday of the session you choose. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before Mass. After Mass, Pre Cana couples will gather in the lower level Social Hall of our Ministry Center Building —the first building north of the church. This day will end at approximately 2:30 pm. Light morning refreshments and a light lunch are served.

The “God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage” component is offered four time per year, on two consecutive Thursday evenings. Please note: this component is fulfilled by attending TWO consecutive Thursday evenings, not just one of the pair.  The sessions run 6:00-9:15 pm and are also held in the lower level Social Hall of our Ministry Center.  Dates are listed below.  Light snacks are provided but please eat dinner on your own.

The two components can be done in either order.  Call the Parish Office, 630-355-1081, to reserve a place in our Pre Cana days. To ensure that you can attend the sessions of your choice, please make your reservations well in advance. There is no fee for those preparing for Holy Matrimony at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church; however, a $125.00 fee will apply for all others attending the class.

Participation in one instructional class on Natural Family Planning (NFP) is required for those preparing for Holy Matrimony at Saints Peter & Paul. Classes are offered on-line for a fee of $49.00. Please login at https://catholicmarriageprepclass.digitalchalk.com/dc/guest/login. Make sure to obtain a certificate verifying your participation and submit to the parish office so that it may be included in your marriage file.

Upcoming Pre Cana Life Skills Dates

July 16, 2017

October 15, 2017

January 21, 2018

April 15, 2018

July 15, 2018

Upcoming “God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage” Dates – all 6:00-9:15 pm

Thursdays, August 17 AND 24, 2017

Thursdays, November 2 AND 9, 2017

Thursdays, February 1 AND 8, 2018

Thursdays, May 3 AND May 10, 2018

Thursdays, August 16 AND 23, 2018

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Natural Family Planning (NFP) educates couples with the lifelong knowledge of their natural fertility as husband and wife. Couples who attend an introductory class of Natural Family Planning will learn to be able to identify when they are naturally fertile and infertile. Instruction in Natural Family Planning will equip couples with an understanding of how to achieve their goals to postpone pregnancy, achieve pregnancy, and space their children.

Participation in one instructional class on Natural Family Planning (NFP) is required for those preparing for Holy Matrimony at Saints Peter & Paul. Classes are offered on-line for a fee of $49.00. Please login at https://catholicmarriageprepclass.digitalchalk.com/dc/guest/login. Make sure to obtain a certificate verifying your participation and submit to the parish office so that it may be included in your marriage file.

Couples should also check out another useful and very informative website on the issues of contraception and Natural Family Planning: www.janetsmith.excerptsofinri.com

 

Mon-Sat: 6:45 & 8:00 am

Mon-Thu: 5:15 pm

Sat: 5:00 & 6:30 pm

Sun: 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am; 12:30, 5:15 (Tridentine), & 8:00 pm

1st Fri: Noon in Adoration Chapel

Parish Office:

(630) 355-1081
Fax (630) 355-1179

Office Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday (Summer only): 7:30 AM-1 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Fr. Thomas Milota, Pastor (630) 718-2108 (Jessica)