Together you have decided to begin a lifetime journey of love. We at Divine Mercy Parish rejoice with you, your family and your friends on your decision to be married. The Church recognizes your marriage as a sacrament, meaning that your visible love and faithfulness to each other will become a powerful sign of God’s love. It is a sacred celebration meant to express your faith in God and your love for each other. Our prayers and best wishes are with you on this journey!
We ask that you contact our Parish Office to arrange a meeting with one of our priests or deacons, as well as our Director of Music, who will be able to help you plan the music for your wedding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a registered member of Divine Mercy Parish to be married at Sacred Heart or St. Philip the Apostle?
No, you do not need to be a registered member of the parish, but we do hope that our couples are actively involved in a parish. Being married in the Catholic Church is a sacred bond, one that should not be taken lightly. Celebrating your faith weekly helps strengthen and grow your relationship with Christ and each other before and during marriage.
What are the wedding fees for Divine Mercy Parish?
The fee is $1,200.00 and includes the following:
How far in advance should I schedule my wedding day?
At least six months in advance of your requested wedding date. We ask that you contact our Parish Office to arrange a meeting with one of our priests or deacons to get started.
Can we have our own priest preside at our ceremony?
Divine Mercy Parish welcomes all members of the clergy who are in good standing with the Catholic Church to celebrate a wedding in our parish. No extra fee is required for this, but we do ask for a letter from the Priest’s diocese stating they are in good standing with the Catholic Church.
Is the church handicap-accessible?
Both Sacred Heart Church and St. Philip the Apostle Church are handicap-accessible. Guests needing assistance can enter either Church through the doors located off of the parking lot.
Can we do marriage prep with Divine Mercy if we are getting married in another state/parish?
Yes, we are happy to meet with couples to help with preparing for their wedding day. We will provide you with paperwork and the Focus Inventory. While we do not have a fee for this service, we do ask that our marriage prep couples make a donation to the parish.
When do we begin our Music Planning?
All music planning will be coordinated with Ron Vanasdlen, our Director of Liturgy & Music. You should contact Ron at least 10-12 weeks prior to your wedding date to begin the process. You can contact Ron at 847-446-0856, ext. 107.
If we want to use our own musicians and not Divine Mercy’s, is there a fee?
Yes, a $150 fee would apply. Our Director of Liturgy & Music is contracted to play all of our wedding ceremonies.
Can we hire additional musicians to play our wedding?
Yes, our Director of Liturgy & Music is well-connected with other talented musicians in the area who are familiar with playing in our church. These additional musicians are considered vendors being hired by the couple and will need to be paid directly by you. Fees should be coordinated directly with the outside musicians.
Is the church temperature controlled?
Yes, our churches have air conditioning in the summer months, and heat during winter months.
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1962 Old Willow Rd.
Northfield, Illinois 60093-2913
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