Marriage Preparation


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 two-part Marriage Preparation Process.  This process is designed to help you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and to introduce you to the beauty and richness of the Church's teachings on marriage and the family.

Couples requesting Marriage in a parish of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface must meet with their parish priest or parish life director at least six months (preferably 12 months) prior to their intended marriage date. Please do not set a firm date for your wedding until after this initial meeting. After this meeting, please make sure to register for both components (Part 1 & Part 2) of the Marriage Preparation Process.  For any questions, please contact the Service of Marriage, Family and Life.

Part 1 – Marriage Preparation Course/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.

NB: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person sessions are currently offered.


However, several great online options are available!

Please consult this list of mariage preparation option during COVID-19.


For more info, please contact Sophie at the Marriage, Family & Life Office for further details:


Phone: 204-594-0274



Part 2 – Fertility Health Awareness Seminar

Held once a year, this 3-hour seminar gives engaged couples the opportunity to discover the various methods of Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness, as well as to receive certified teaching on one of the methods.

All engaged couples must register and attend the Fertility Health Awareness Seminar.  There is no cost to attend.  Couples receive a certificate of attendance at the seminar.

NB: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person Seminar has been modified to a series of online videos.
Please contact the Marriage, Family & Life Office for details.


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
Marriage Preparation


For Better & For Ever:

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:

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:

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.

Marriage, Family & Life