Please arrange your marriage plans with us six months in advance.


"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." Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb."85 Scripture speaks, throughout, of marriage and its "mystery:" its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin, and its renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601-2)

St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church Marriage Checklist: 

  1. You must confirm the date and time of the ceremony prior to the printing of the wedding invitations (at least 6 months in advance) 
  2. You must provide updated copies of baptismal and confirmation certificates.
    If you didnít receive these sacraments at St. Jeromeís please contact the church of your Baptism and Confirmation and obtain a recently dated copy of your Baptismal certificate and Confirmation certificate. Please note that the documentation is to be a recent copy of your Baptism/Confirmation. An old copy of your Baptism/Confirmation is not acceptable.
  3. You must attend Pre-Cana conferences, which are scheduled by the Archdiocese of Chicago at various locations throughout the city and neighboring suburbs.      
  4. A face-to-face premarital interview will be conducted with the celebrant of the ceremony (The Pre-nuptial investigation).                            
  5. You must provide a valid marriage license issued by Cook County 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding.                                       
  6. You must schedule a date and time for rehearsal, at  which time the optional aspects of the ceremony (unity candle, and/or flowers to Blessed Virgin Mary) will be arranged.                                                                       
  7. You must choose the readings from the Old and New Testament and a Responsorial Psalm. The celebrant will assist you with these selections.           
  8. Music for the wedding mass can be arranged in advance with our church organist, but you are welcome to provide your own musicians.                   
  9. The bride and the groom as well as the best man and maid-of-honor, should receive the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) before the wedding day. You must remember that you are receiving a Sacrament. It is vital that part of your preparation is to receive the Sacrament of Confession. You are receiving a great sacrament and it is necessary that you are in the state of grace. Please plan ahead to make a good confession prior to your wedding so that you may reap the full sacramental benefits of this special day of yours.
  10. A standard church (Archdiocese of Chicago) donation for a wedding is $250.00.         


In case of a previous marriage, no plans are to be made until proper procedures for annulment are followed.

If either party has been married before, the following documentation is needed before any plans are to be made: 

  • A copy of the civil divorce papers
  • The documentation of a church annulment.
  • No dates to be arranged until the annulment (if necessary) procedure is completed and finalized.

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