Getting Married at St. Paul of the Cross


Contact: Madeleine McCoy

Congratulations on your engagement!

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Getting Married at St. Paul of the Cross

Arrangements for the church need to be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date through the parish office. If you live out of state, arrangements should be made nine months in advance. 

The first step in reserving a date is to contact Madeleine McCoy with an inquiry e-mail using the form on the left. Please include the name of the Bride and Groom, the date(s) and time(s) you are considering, and the name of the officiating Priest or Deacon.


About the Sacrament

This union you will enter into is most sacred and most serious. Established by God, it will bind you together for life in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will profoundly affect your entire future. Our prayer and hope is that you will remember the centrality of the Sacrament as you make preparations for your wedding day.

Available Times

As of July 12, 2017 all wedding inquiries (parishioners or non-parishioners) can choose from the following times to reserve a wedding on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Fridays: 1 p.m., or 4 p.m. 

Weddings will not be performed Sunday through Thursday.

Other Requirements for Non-Parishioners

  1. You must use one of our St. Paul of the Cross priests
  2. You must use our St. Paul of the Cross musicians

Please Note

  1. St. Paul of the Cross does not celebrate Mass, or other Sacraments, including weddings, in any language other than English. The pastors of this Vicariate have agreed that if certain parishes offer a certain ministry, the other parishes will not duplicate it.
  2. We do not allow animals to be a part of Wedding ceremonies.


Fees for Wedding Ceremony

A parishioner is someone who is registered with our parish and has been an active, contributing member for at least six months at the time of the initial wedding inquiry. In addition, the child of a registered parishioner is considered a parishioner. This information will be verified with our parish database. We welcome non-parishioners to join our parish. However, they will be expected to pay the non-parishioner church fee.

Parishioner: $500

Non-Parishioner: $800

The fee is for the Church. If you would like to give a personal gift to your priest or deacon who meets with you to complete your marriage preparation and celebrates your wedding, you are encouraged to do so.


Fees for Music

Please visit our Music Requirements page to learn more.

Organist/Consultant: $250

All Other Parish Musicians: $200 Each


Visiting Priests and Deacons for Registered Parishioners

If you are a registered parishioner and you would like to have a visiting priest or deacon perform your wedding at St. Paul of the Cross, you are welcome to do so. However, following requirements apply.

  1. If the visiting priest or deacon is not in the Archdiocese of Chicago then he needs to provide a letter of good standing either from his diocese (if he is a diocesan) or religious superior (if he belongs to a religious order). The letter should be dated no earlier than six months before the wedding date.
  2. The visiting priest or deacon should send the letter of intent committing to do the necessary preparation and paperwork to St. Paul of the Cross as soon as possible. This includes preparing all documents and liturgy planning relative to the marriage.  
  3. The marriage file should be completed and sent to St. Paul of the Cross one month prior to the wedding.  

               The following documents are needed to complete the marriage file:

  • Baptismal Certificates (Dated six months or less prior to your wedding)
  • Pre-Cana Certificate
  • Prenuptial Questionnaire
  • Witness Affidavits
  • Marriage License (To be presented at the rehearsal)

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Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - Upper Church


4:30 pm vigil - Upper Church


7:30 am - Upper Church
9:00 am - Holy Family Chapel
10:30 am - Upper Church