"The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together."

-St. John Chrysostom

Marriage Preparation is avaliable in person and online!

Marriage Preparation - English Options

The Gift of Self: Marriage Preparation seminar has been temporarily modified to be a hybrid event. Couples will complete the first portion of sessions from the comfort of your own homes, at their own pace. We will provide access to the online portion two weeks prior to the in person date.

The in person portion is a time for couples to step away from the day to day life so they can spend time reflecting, sharing, listening, praying, and growing in your relationship with God and with one another. This day includes an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Most Holy Eucharist.

Note:

  • The online portion must be completed prior to the in person portion.
  • At this time, seminars are still subject to cancelation. If needed, our office will reach out to couples two weeks prior to the in person date to assist with rescheduling. We will notify the parish of any changes.

Based on the details provided in each couple’s registration, we will direct each couple to the best online course for their specific circumstances. Please do not send them directly to the Beloved or SmartLoving websites.

This option allows access to the online program 24/7, with the ability to pause and restart. Each couple can choose to take a relaxed, a fast tracked, or a “somewhere in between” approach.

Our team will contact each couple to provide all necessary materials and access to the online course.

Note:

  • The hybrid program does not use the same material as the online only courses. A couple can not do half of each program.

Marriage Preparation - Spanish Options

We have resumed the in person Don de si Mismo: Planificacion Familiar Natural seminars. All seminars are held on Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:00pm at various locations throughout the diocese.

Please have couples register in advance. They may do so online  at www.rockforddiocese.org/life/espanol or phone at 815.399.4300 x380

This option allows access to the online program 24/7, with the ability to pause and restart. Each couple can choose to take a relaxed, a fast tracked, or a “somewhere in between” approach.

Our team will contact each couple to provide all necessary materials and access to the online course. Please do not send them directly to the Beloved website.

English Marriage Preparation Flier

This flier can be given directly to couples

Spanish Marriage Preparation Flier

This flier can be given directly to couples

Contact the LiFE Office

We're happy to help in any way we can! Please don't hesistat to reach out!

We ask that all couples register through the Life & Family Evangelization Office site. Please direct couples to www.rockforddiocese.org/life or www.rockforddiocese.org/life/espanol.

Frequently Asked Questions

If a couple is fluent in both English and Spanish, we recommend directing them to a program in the language which they are MOST comfortable with.

If a couple is fluent in both English and Spanish, we recommend directing them to a program in the language which they are MOST comfortable with.

Our office strives to keep costs low. The price of each program covers all necessary materials and program expenses.

We do not want finances to prevent anyone from preparing for this important sacrament. If a couple is experiencing financial difficulties, please email us for assistance at LIFE@rockforddiocese.org or call 815.399.4300

We recommend registering for diocesan marriage preparation 4-12 months prior to the wedding date.

Please keep in mind that couples must complete the online portion prior to attending the in person portion. Access to the online portion will be made available two weeks prior to the in person date.

  • July 10 – Huntley
  • August 28 – Rockford
  • September 18 – Huntley
  • October 16 – Loves Park
  • November 6 – Huntley

No. Although they cover similar topics, the online only programs (SmartLoving-Engaged Online and Beloved:Finding Happiness in Marriage) do not use the same material as the Gift of Self: Marriage Preparation hybrid seminar.