Congratulations! We are happy you have decided to marry in the Catholic Church. We want to help you have a successful marriage.
There is education and preparation for receiving all the sacraments of the faith, including the Sacrament of Matrimony. The name PreCana is based on the Wedding Feast at Cana, where Jesus performed his first public miracle, changing water into wine at the request of his mother. Pre means before your own wedding day, we help you prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony and start you on your journey to a lifelong marriage.
There are 10 Steps to getting married in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- Meet with one of the parish priests. Get the information about guidelines for marriage at St. Daniel the Prophet Church.
- Attend a marriage preparation class called PreCana. Information and scheduling for PreCana can be found at www.familyministries.org or by calling 312.534.8201. PreCana classes are offered regularly at St. Daniel the Prophet Church and are held in our Mulligan Hall located in the church basement.
- Attend an introductory Natural Family Planning or Christian Sexuality class. NFP consists of scientific natural methods to achieve, space, or avoid a pregnancy, strengthening the marriage, the couple, and the family by teaching couples to read and interpret signs of fertility and infertility. The Christian Sexuality class is based on the Theology of the Body with lectures, discussion, and workbook exercises.
- Attend a Discover Weekend. This is an optional opportunity for couples who would like to further explore their relationship as part of their preparation for marriage.
- Review what you have learned about yourselves as a couple with your marriage preparation minister (priest or deacon). Discuss any issues or concerns raised in your marriage preparation and review the details of the ceremony with the pastoral minister. Complete all papers and review the readings and music you have chosen.
- Buy your marriage license. The purchase of a Marriage License is a mandatory requirement of the State of Illinois. You cannot get married at St. Albert the Great Church without a Marriage License. You can purchase your marriage License at the Bridgeview Court House Monday through Friday. We recommend that you purchase your marriage license at least 30 days, but not more that 60 days, before your wedding date. You should bring your Marriage License to the Rectory no later than the day of your wedding rehearsal.
- Attend your wedding rehearsal. The wedding rehearsal usually takes place at the church on the evening before your wedding day. The time should be scheduled with your marriage minister (priest or deacon). All those involved in the ceremony, bridesmaids, ushers, readers, parents etc should be invited to attend.
- Enjoy your wedding day. Your big day is finally here as you begin your lifetime commitment to one another, your own marriage in the Lord.
For further information, please call (708)423-0321
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.”
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
- Prayer for a Married Couple
- Prayer of a Couple on the Anniversary of Marriage
- Celebrating the Rite of Marriage
- Explore the USCCA to learn about the celebration of Marriageand its purpose and effects in the couple’s life and the life of the Church. | en español
- Marriage: Sacrament of Enduring Love
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