Marriage Preparation

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.

Couples attending one of our approved marriage prep programs can now receive a $20 discount on their marriage licenses if they apply on line. 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.  

Catholic Engaged Encounter

You can register for a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend by going to their website  CEE is now virtual.  While we prefer the face to face weekend, due to the corona virus, we have created the virtual weekend, which will take place on the dates below.  You will be notified as to whether ti is a virtual or face to face weekend.  

  • 2020 Dates
  • November 7-8
  • 2021 Dates
  • January 30-31
  • March 13-14
  • May 15-16
  • August 7-8
  • November 6-7
  • For those needing marriage prep before an available CEE weekend, please go here:  This site is also in Spanish and has a Convalidation Component.  A convalodation is for those couples who are legally married and are now seeking a sacramental marriage in the Church.  If you are legally married over 1 year and are seeking a convalidation, this may be a better choice for you.  

Feeling a little hesitant?

Enjoy this short YouTube video on Catholic Engaged Encounter.

Natural Family Planning

All NFP intro sessions and teachings are now on line  To register, please go here: