The Sacrament of Matrimony

The Sacrament of Marriage is a very special celebration in the life of the Church and Parish Community.  We hope and pray that you will find SS. Peter & Paul Church a place of welcome and support as you begin to prepare for the Sacred Rites of Marriage.

Please click on the link below to download our Wedding Planning Handbook.

Most people are called to the married life rather than to the religious life or to life as a single person. Through the Sacrament of Matrimony, God gives special graces to help married couples with life's difficulties, especially to help them raise their children as loving followers of Christ.

Marriage always involves three parties: the bride, the groom, and God. When two Christians receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, God is with them, witnessing and blessing their marriage covenant. For Catholics, God does this through the priest or deacon who presides at the wedding as the Church's witness.

A consummated sacramental marriage is permanent; only death can break it (Mark 10:1-12, Romans 7:2-3, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). This holy union is a living symbol of the unbreakable relationship between Christ and his Church (Ephesians 5:21-33).

At SS. Peter and Paul Church, The purpose of this ministry is to welcome, educate and prepare candidates for the ritual celebration of the sacrament of marriage. Through this celebration we connect with God and one another in community.

Once the date has been reserved the couple meets with a priest. Following this meeting, they continue with marriage preparation and a Natural Family Planning Seminar. They also attend the "Gift of Self:  Marriage Preparation" seminar hosted by the Rockford Diocese. Click here for more information.

For additional information please call the Parish Office: (847) 516-AMEN (2636).

*This text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers. More information about matrimony can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1601-1666) or at