Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! You are engaged to be married and, desiring the blessing of God on your union, have approached the Church to witness and seal your vows to each other. The Church stands ready to assist you as you embark upon what is perhaps the most important decision and commitment of your life.
Step 1: Contact the Parish
The marriage preparation process begins with your first call to the parish inquiring about being married in the Church. Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of the parish staff will facilitate arrangements for you to meet with the pastoral minister (usually a priest or deacon of the parish) as soon as possible. A date for your wedding may not be entered into the parish calendar until such a meeting takes place. Standard preparation time is one year.
If you need a copy of your sacramental records, they are most often stored at the parish where the Sacraments were administered. For more information, click here: Sacramental Records
Step 2: Initial Meeting with Priest or Deacon
Step 3: Complete a Pre-Marital Inventory (exs. Archdiocesan Marriage Survey or F.O.C.C.U.S.)
Step 4: Register and Attend Pre-Marital Instruction Courses
Click here to register: Marriage Preparation Classes
Sacramental Preparation: God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage - REQUIRED
"God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage" is designed to help engaged couples understand and embrace a Catholic vision of married love. The God's Plan session provides a full catechesis of the Church's teaching, in an uplifting manner that resonates within the human heart. Based on Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body", this session is intended to enhance a key component of marriage preparation: catechesis in the theology of marriage and the gift of human sexuality. The registration fee is $100 per couple. Certificate is issued.
Life Skills Marriage Preparation Sessions - Pre Cana - REQUIRED
The Marriage Preparation Session (i.e. Pre-Cana) offers practical insights and assistance in building a successful marriage. Topics covered include: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Family of Origin, Finances and more. The registration fee is $100 per couple. Certificate is issued.
Optional Natural Family Planning Seminar
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the natural, healthy, morally acceptable methods of family planning recommended by the Catholic Church to help couples space, achieve, or avoid pregnancy. These methods, also called Fertility Awareness methods, are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs of the fertile and infertile phase of a woman's menstrual cycle.The women's body provides certain signs and symptoms which tell her when she can conceive or not conceive a child. The main signs are: changes in the cervix, cervical mucus and resting body temperature. Couples can learn to observe, record, and interpret these signs with a high degree of accuracy.
Step 5: Continue Meeting with Priest or Deacon
Continue formation meetings with Pastoral Minister to present necessary forms (Certificates of Completion, Sacramental forms, etc.), review Marriage Inventory results, and choose liturgical options.