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 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

The Archdiocese offers different types of sessions for Marriage Preparation: some of them are offered in a group setting - often over the course of a weekend; others are mentorship-based, and planned according to your availability.

You will find a quick overview of the LOCAL marriage preparation session options in the 2022 Calendar.

You will find a detailed list of marriage preparation session options (LOCAL & OTHER) in the 2022 List of Local & Remote Marriage Preparation Options.


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 a class with Serena Manitoba (at their own expense).


Due to the COVID pandemic, the Seminar will be available online in November of 2021 (several options of sessions).


You can find the latest info regarding the Fertility Health Awareness Seminar, including Fall dates as well as link to register, by visiting the Marriage, Family and Life Office News and Activities page.


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


An Online Marriage Preparation Program

Fall 2022

More info to come!

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 Marrige 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