Because the Catholic Church wants couples to form strong, lasting marriages, couples who marry in the Catholic Church are asked to:
1. Contact and meet with parish priest as soon as they are engaged.
2. Take at least six months to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony.This means more than planning for the event. It means planning for a lifetime together. It means using this time to delve more deeply into your relationship and approach this momentous day with prayer and reflection.
3. Natural Family Planning RequirementMarriage preparation includes, at a minimum, an introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP). The NFP Seminars provide an introduction to NFP. We recommended, however, that you take a full course of Natural Family Planning. This way, should you choose to use NFP in your marriage immediately, or at a later date, you will have the knowledge necessary. Natural Family Planning can also help you identify and treat your reproductive health problems (painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, infrequent bleeding, etc).
Please register for a full course in NFP or an NFP Seminar three to six months prior to your wedding.
To register for a full course, please call one of our instructors to set up an appointment.
4. Gift of Self: Marriage PreparationGift of Self: Marriage Preparation is a day-long retreat for couples preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church. It is presented at various locations around the diocese throughout the year. The day includes a series of presentations that will help couples grow in their understanding of the sacrament of matrimony, reflect on the gift they are preparing to make of themselves to one another, and deepen their relationship with God and one another.