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 participate in 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.
Calendar of Sessions
The Archdiocese offers different types of sessions for marriage preparation: some of them are offered in a group setting over the course of a weekend; others are mentorship-based, and planned according to your availability.
Click HERE for the Calendar of upcoming marriage preparation sessions.
Brochure with Checklist and Timeline
It is recommended that you meet with your parish priest at least six months prior to your marriage date. Do not set a firm date for your wedding until after this initial meeting. For more information on recommended timelines, consult the brochure below.
Click HERE for the Brochure on marriage preparation with suggested Checklist and Timeline.
Archdiocesan Curriculum for Marriage Preparation
The Archdiocese offers different types of marriage preparation programs. The curriculum covers topics and objectives that should be included in marriage preparation sessions throughout the Archdiocese. That is not to say that all sessions must be exactly the same. The curriculum should be used as a guide, along with resources, in order to ensure that the training be as complete as possible, throughout the Archdiocese.
Click HERE for the Archdiocesan Curriculum for Marriage Preparation.
Other Resources for
For Better & For Ever: www.marriagepreparation.com
One of the programs used in the diocese, which is mentorship-based. The website has various resources for engaged couples, sponsor couples and the clergy.
Catholic Marriage Prep: www.catholicmarriageprep.com
If an engaged couple is pressed for time or if it is impossible for them to attend an in-person marriage preparation session, it is recommended that they register for this online program.
FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory: www.foccusinc.com
The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage. It is a 156-item tool that should be used before or in conjunction with a marriage preparation program.