The grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony

“By reason of their state in life and of their order, (Christian spouses) have their own special gifts in the People of God.” This grace proper to the Sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they “help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children.” CCC. 1641.

What is needed to get married at St. Mark Parish?

  1. To begin, the bride and the groom need to schedule an appointment with the priest.
  1. The couple has to reserve the date and time for the wedding six months ahead and to fill out a wedding registration form.
  1. In order to reserve the date for your wedding, St. Mark Parish requires a non-refundable fee. $100.00.
  1. The couple needs to be aware that they have to reserve the church first and then the banquet hall.
  1. The bride and the groom will need recent Baptism and Confirmation Certificates, originals not copies. The certificates have to be issued six months before the wedding. St. Mark Parish will keep the recent certificates for the file. Please contact the parish were you were Baptized and/or Confirmed for your new certificates.
  1. If this is the first time getting married by the church and civil law, the couple needs to present a Marriage License issued by Cook County City Hall. The license is valid for two months starting from the day of request. Consequently the wedding has to be celebrated within the two months.
  1. If the couple is already married by civil law, they need to present a copy of their marriage certificate by the state for convalidation in the church.
  1. At the time of the interview, the bride and the groom need to communicate to the priest if one of them is remarrying or both of them are remarrying as well as if the bride or the groom is a non-Catholic, or if he or she professes a faith different than Christianity. This has to be said in order to proceed with the proper dispensations from the office of Canonical Services of the Archdiocese of Chicago or the Tribunal.
  1. The bride and the groom need two witnesses each. The witnesses can preferably be their parents
  2. To enrolled in a Pre-Cana class or Special Pre-Cana class. You may consult the following link:
  3. A rehearsal day is schedule before the day of the wedding.


“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.” 1639. CCC