Marriage Preparation

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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 Process.
In the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, this is done as a 2-Part 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 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 your parish or the Marriage, Family and Life Office.

Part 1 – Marriage Preparation Sessions

Marriage Preparation is offered in a variety of formats, from one on one meetings with a mentor couple, to group sessions or online programs. The parish where you are getting married will offer you information on what format is available to you, but for more information on upcoming sessions, see below.


Marriage Preparation Topics include: communication, family of origin, personality, finance, sacramentality, spirituality and sexuality.

To see a list of Current Marriage Preparation Session Options, Click on the image below:


For more info, please contact your Parish OR
the Marriage, Family & Life Office (Marriage Sector):


Phone: 204-594-0274


Part 2 – Fertility Health Awareness Seminar

Offered in the Spring and Fall, this 3-hour seminar offers engaged couples the opportunity to discover the various methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness, as well as receive certified teaching on one of the methods.


All engaged couples must register and attend the Fertility Health Awareness Seminar.  There is no cost.

Couples will receive a certificate of attendance, which they can share with their parish to certify the completion of this integral component of the marriage preparation process.

* Please note that engaged couples that cannot attend are welcome to register instead for an in-person class with Serena Manitoba or an online class with Couple to Couple League (at their own expense).

You can find the latest info regarding the Fertility Health Awareness Seminar, including upcoming dates as well as link to register here:


Please read the info provided on the different NFP methods BEFORE selecting your session.

Resources for Sponsor Couples and Marriage Preparation Leaders

Marriage Preparation Sponsor Couple Ground Rules

This list of Ground Rules is to be used in the first session between Sponsor Couples and Engaged Couples. This document replaces the list of Ground Rules from the For Better and For Ever Marriage Preparation Program. For questions regarding this document, please contact Marie at the Office of Marriage, Family and Life:
Phone: 204-594-0274



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.

Consult the Archdiocesan Curriculum for Marriage Preparation




Marriage, Family & Life