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Marriage at Old St. Joseph’s Church

Parishioners and alumni of St. Norbert College may choose to marry at Old St. Joe’s. Couples are encouraged to contact the parish office a year in advance so that they may begin the period of preparation that the Catholic Church requires for the sacrament of marriage, and inquire about the availability of the church. You can contact the parish office at 920-403-3988 or parish@snc.edu.

Requirements for Marriage at Old St. Joseph’s Church
Weddings are celebrated at Old St. Joseph’s Church in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. They include:

  • One person must be a baptized, practicing Catholic
  • One person must be a current, active parishioner of Old St. Joseph’s Church or another Catholic parish, a current St. Norbert College student, staff member, faculty member or alum of St. Norbert.
  • Participation in A Marriage in the Lord. To see the class schedule visit www.marriageinthelord.org.
  • Completion of FOCCUS, scheduled through your priest/deacon
  • Completion of paperwork from tribunal granting annulment, if previously married
  • Submission of a marriage file one month prior to the wedding date. Your priest/deacon will assist you in completing the file and they will submit they required forms to us. A marriage file includes:
    • Right to Marry forms
    • Form - A
    • Baptismal certificates of bride and groom dated more than 6 months prior to the wedding date
    • Certificates of completion from A Marriage in the Lord and FOCCUS
    • Any other paperwork concerning an annulment

Fee
The fee for weddings at Old St. Joseph’s Church is $400. Should you cancel your wedding, there is a $50 non-refundable fee. This fee includes use of the facility for one hour on the night of the rehearsal (scheduled by the parish office); three hours on the day of the wedding (one hour prior, one hour for the ceremony and one hour following for pictures); coordination of the wedding; and use of the Pennings Room and the services of a wedding hostess.

It is customary to offer the presider a stipend at your discretion.  

Presiders
Couples must chose a Catholic priest or deacon that is in good standing within their diocese to preside at their wedding. We cannot provide a priest or deacon for weddings. All priests and deacons will need to contact the parish office to confirm his willingness to preside at the wedding before the date can be reserved.

Your priest or deacon must submit your marriage file to our parish office one month prior to wedding.

If you are from out of town, you should complete the marriage paperwork with your local parish. Your parish will submit your marriage file to your local diocese, who will then send it to our diocese for review and then on to us. 

Parking
We cannot guarantee parking for wedding guests. We do notify campus safety of all weddings. See our campus parking map for a map of parking locations on campus.

Music
It is your responsibility to secure musicians for the wedding ceremony. Music must meet the requirements of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. CDs and MP3s are not permitted at any time. For questions regarding music, please contact our music director, Carol Wilda.

Decorations

  • Wedding decorations must not replace the liturgical decor already in place.
  • Because of the sacramental significance of the altar and baptismal font, no decorations may be placed upon the surface of the altar or font. Additionally, the altar may not be moved from its current location.
  • A table is available for a unity candle. Please bring your own candle, tapers and holders for the candles.
  • Please be mindful of the church as a worship space used before, during and after your wedding and do not move any part of the church environment (altar, chairs, ambo, etc.).
  • The use of tape and tacks is not permitted on any surfaces (walls, floor or furnishings).
  • Runners, wagons, pets, doves, petals, birdseed, rice, bubbles, lanterns, etc., are not permitted.

Photographs 
Photographers are asked to keep a respectful and unobtrusive distance during the ceremony. To honor the sacred nature of the worship space, photographers are not permitted in the loft, near/on the altar, in the main aisle or on chairs or blocking doorways.  

Behavior and Conduct

  • There is no food allowed before, during or after the ceremony in the church, gathering space or Pennings Room.
  • Conduct in the church should reflect the sacramental nature of your wedding day and be appropriately reverent.
  • No smoking, alcohol, foul language or gum chewing.
  • Please have 2 people designated for clean-up after your wedding. Please dispose all leftover flowers and empty boxes.
  • Items left in the church will be turned over to the campus safety and put in their lost and found.
  • It is important to be prompt the day of your wedding. Each wedding is allowed three full hours. If you are running late, you will have less time for pictures after. Many events are scheduled in our church and it is important to be mindful of reservations made by others.
For more information, please contact Marie Marsh at the parish office at 920-403-3988 or marie.marsh@snc.edu.
 
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