Children ages 7 and younger may be baptized at the request of the parents or legal guardians only, who must promise to raise the child Catholic by enrolling him or her in Catholic school or a religious education program. To schedule a baptism, the parents must meet with Sister Celeste, who will offer instruction in the meaning of the sacrament. The first step is to complete the pre-baptism form, after which Sister Celeste Mokrzycki will contact you.
For information about baptizing older children and adults, contact Maria Isabel Giron, Coordinator and Director of Religious Education.
Application for Religious Ed. Here!
During the pandemic, please contact the parish office to schedule an appointment with a priest. You may request anonymity.
Contact the parish office to meet with a parish priest to prepare for receiving the sacrament of marriage at least six months before your hopeful wedding date.
|Parishioners (active and registered before marriage planning)||$250|
|Atlantic City police and firefighters||Fee waived at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church|
|Our Lady Star of the Sea||Must begin by 1 PM|
|St. Nicholas of Tolentine||Must begin by 1 PM|
|St. Michael||Later start times are usually possible|
|Our Lady Star of the Sea||Not available|
|St. Nicholas of Tolentine||Must begin no earlier than 3 PM|
|St. Michael||Great flexibility is usually possible|
More information is available for destination weddings.
1. Although Atlantic City is a popular destination for weddings, for Catholics, marriage is a sacrament fittingly celebrated in the parish of the bride or groom. Therefore, we encourage couples to be married by their parish priest in their own church. For couples set on an Atlantic City wedding, marriage preparation needs to be completed by the couple’s parish priest, a priest of their choosing or a deacon. You must also invite a priest or deacon of your choosing to officiate at the wedding because the schedules of the priests from this parish are already full. All necessary paperwork, documentation (certification of baptism, Pre-Cana papers, Pre-Nuptial Investigation form, civil marriage license, priest letter of suitability, etc.) must be completed by the couple/ priest well in advance of the ceremony. The priest must submit all paperwork to the Diocese of Camden at least 6 weeks prior to the wedding.
Mailing Address: Diocese of Camden P.O. Box 708
Camden, NJ 08101
Att: Marriage Tribunal- Evelyn Rodriguez
2. For non-parishioners, the fee for the use of the churches of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, 1409 Pacific Ave, Saint Michael, 10 N Mississippi Ave, and Our Lady Star of the Sea, 2651 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 is $1400.00 dollars. A 50% down payment is non-refundable. This payment is required before we will schedule the wedding date. The balance is due a month before the wedding. Check, credit card, or cash can be used to make payment. If paying by check, please make it out to the Parish of Saint Monica and write the wedding date on the check itself. For a Credit Card payment, please include the, name, number and address of the credit card holder. If you are paying by cash, bring the payment to the parish office which is open from Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. A receipt will be provided. Please send any information or payments by check or credit card to:
Parish of Saint Monica
2651 Atlantic Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Att: Laura Bello
Parish of Saint Monica Destination Wedding Form
Wedding Agreement for Non-Parishioners
Name of Bride Phone Number Address Email
Name of Groom Phone Number Address Email
Names of the Churches
Saint Nicholas of Tolentine (Seats 850), Saint Michael (Seats 450), Our Lady Star of the Sea (Seats 450)
Date of Marriage Time
Date & Time of Rehearsal
Musician Nick Myers 309-453-9929 / firstname.lastname@example.org / $250 charge (If you bring your own musician/s, you will need to pay a bench fee of $150, to Nick Myers)
(A Priest from a different Diocese needs to present a letter of Suitability as soon as possible)
Phone number Email
As a non-parishioner, I understand that the fee is $1,400 and that a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure the date. I also understand that I must complete the marriage preparation with my parish or the priest celebrant for the wedding. He, another priest or deacon must officiate at the wedding. The priest must send the paperwork to the Diocese of Camden no later than six weeks before the wedding. I understand that the priests of the Parish of Saint Monica are unable to officiate because they are already using their time to prepare parishioners for marriage and fulfilling their other local duties. If we are still in the Covid-19 pandemic, we will follow all the safety protocols established by the parish.
________________________________________ _______________ Signature of Groom Date ________________________________________ _______________ Signature of Bride Date
Anointing of the Sick
Contact the parish office to request the anointing of sick for someone who is seriously ill or expecting major surgery.
You may also contact the office for “last rites” for someone is who is actively dying. They could include confession (for one who is able to speak) and Holy Communion (for one who is able to consume) as well as the anointing and prayers for the commendation of the dying.
Generally, after the family has contacted a funeral home, their staff calls the parish to schedule the funeral and a priest is assigned to celebrate the Mass. Local funeral homes are aware of the parish’s policies. The following information is provided for the convenience of the family.
Funerals may be held in any of the three parish churches. Viewings may begin one hour after the start of the morning Mass. Evening viewings, however, are not possible. Eulogies are permitted at the beginning of the Mass, after the opening song but before the opening prayer. Generally, the parish chooses the musician for the funeral. If the family wishes to choose the musician, that person must first be approved by the parish.
After the funeral home has contacted the parish, a member of the parish bereavement committee will contact the family to arrange a meeting to plan the funeral. The committee member will help the family choose Scripture readings and appropriate hymns and collect information about the deceased for the priest celebrating the funeral Mass.
For more information, contact one of the pastoral associates.