The Catholic Church has long been a leader in providing high-quality marriage preparation programs for engaged couples.
The Church rejoices with you as you prepare to enter the Sacrament of Marriage and embark on this great vocation of love and service.
The DVD includes videos by pastoral leaders and the witness of real-life couples unscripted in their homes.
An online library includes free resources to support marriage ministry coordinators, mentors, and engaged couples: Includes a virtue-based life skills component (“Living a Joy-Filled Marriage”) and a component focused on the Sacrament of Marriage and the Theology of the Body (“God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage”). The two parts can be used separately, perhaps as a supplement to an existing marriage prep program, or together. Contact: [email protected], 1-800-376-0520 The Picture of Love Marriage Preparation Program The Picture of Love Marriage Preparation Program is available for both Engaged Couples and Convalidation Couples explores the joys and challenges of living out the Sacrament of Matrimony with special focus on the importance of inviting Jesus to be the center of marriage and family life.
The weekend retreat offers a “time out” where engaged couples can dialogue intensively about prospective lives together and hear helpful presentations from married couples.
Weekends are offered periodically throughout the country; map of upcoming weekends here.
Agape Catholic Marriage Prep A division of Agape Catholic Ministries, dedicated to the building of strong Christ-centered marriages since 2004.
Online, interactive, and mentor-led Pre-Cana Program that can also be given in-person by trained instructors. Based on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Contact: [email protected], 866-425-7193 Catholic Engaged Encounter An in-depth, private, personal marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values.
Contact: Craig Dyke, [email protected] was created by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to blend marriage preparation and evangelization.
Your engagement is also a great time to take Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes to learn more about the beautiful gift of fertility and prepare to live a marriage that is open to life and to God’s plan for your family.
For couples who are currently civilly married outside of the Church and would like their marriage to be recognized by the Catholic Church, please see Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church.
after the wedding, integrating them into parish life, focusing on evangelization and getting the most out of the marriage prep process. Contact: Mary-Rose Verret, [email protected] Marriage “Your Marriage” is a parish-based marriage prep resource from Liguori Publishing as part of their Sacramental Preparation Series.
This is not just a program but a system that will help enhance the current offerings that a parish, or diocese, already has in place and it is compatible with any PMI or marriage prep program listed on this page. It is led by marriage prep leaders in small or large groups or individually, with an emphasis on regular meetings with the parish priest.
TOB expert Monica Ashour can be brought in to train the trainers.