: Marriage Preparation :
Getting Married? Congratulations!
Your choice to get married is one of the most important decisions of your whole life. To help you fully prepare to live out your vocation as husband and wife, the Church requires that you attend a Marriage Preparation program. These programs are designed to help you prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony and to introduce you to the beauty and richness of the Church's teachings on marriage and the family. Marriage Preparation sessions are held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese, at different times throughout the year. Click here to see the Calendar of upcoming Marriage Preparation sessions in the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.
You are asked to meet with your parish priest a minimum of six months before the date you wish to marry. Do not set a firm date for your wedding until after this initial meeting. Your priest will be able to provide you with more information about Marriage Preparation sessions or he may refer you to the Archdiocesan Coordinator of Marriage and Family Services: Sophie Freynet-Agossa, (204) 594-9942, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some documents and articles that may be of interest to you as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage:
"Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church" Pamphlet published by the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Marriage and Family Services offering a 'To do Checklist'.
"Marriage in the Catholic Church: Frequently Asked Questions" Clear and concise answers to the major questions asked about marriage. Published by COLF.
"What does Marriage add to your Love?" Pastoral Message to Young Couples On Marriage and Family in the Catholic Church. Published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Must-Have Conversations" An article published on the United States Catholic Bishop's Marriage Website, outlining important topics of conversation for dating and engaged couples.
"Interchurch Marriages: How to Help them Succeed" Written by by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley and published by Saint Anthony Messenger Press, this article provides guidance for engaged couples where one is Catholic and the other is of an other Christian tradition.