Congratulations on your engagement and on your decision to create a sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church. The Church has developed programs and processes designed to lead you in a prayerful journey of discernment during this time.
All sacramental preparation starts with the local parish.
Please contact your pastor so that he or his designate can assist you with gathering the necessary papers. This is standard for all couples including those getting married outside the diocese. Please plan on 3-6 months of preparation time.
Natural Family Planning
An NFP intro session is required for all couples getting married in the diocese.
The Diocese of Salt Lake City's Family Life Office has partnered with Dr. Joseph Stanford, MD, CFCMC who specializes in natural procreative technology (NaPro) and is a certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals which is a professional organization of providers of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.
All Diocesan NFP Program practitioners have been trained through a certified, and approved program.
Register for your NFP Intro Session here: Natural Family Planning Sessions
Please make sure to email email@example.com AFTER completing the introductory session in order to receive your NFP certificate of completion.
Learn More About NFP and Catholic Teaching
Catholic Engaged Encounter
You can get information and register for a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend retreat, by going to their website here- EE Utah.
Feeling a little hesitant?
Enjoy this short YouTube video on Catholic Engaged Encounter.
For those who are unable to participate in a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend due to job schedules, childcare issues, or military service, you can participate in an online program with approval from your pastor. Reach out to the Family Life Office for more information. Please be advised that the program costs more than a Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) weekend.
For those couples already civilly married, but are seeking a Church wedding, and do not need to attend a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend retreat, you can get that preparation by going here- Catholic Marriage Prep - Convalidations. Click on "Course Info" and scroll down to Convalidation.
Pray the Rosary for Engaged Couples in Light of Amoris Laetitia
In the Year of St. Joseph, a Decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary on December 8, 2020 on the granting of Indulgences states that the special gift of a Plenary Indulgence will be granted under various conditions, including "the recitation of the Holy Rosary in families and among engaged couples." A beautiful gift!
Until December 8, 2021, engaged couples will be able to obtain a Plenary Indulgence by reciting the Holy Rosary and fulfilling the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father: Our Father, Hail Mary).
Other Marriage Preparation Resources
Marriage License Discount Opportunity
Couples attending one of our approved marriage prep programs can now receive a $20 discount on their marriage licenses if they apply online. Couples should contact their priest/deacon so he can follow the instructions provided by the Family Life Office. Proof of completion of the program must be given. The marriage prep program must be completed not more than one year before but at least 14 days before the marriage license is issued.