Marriage and Family

Preparing for Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement! 

The Church rejoices with you as you approach the sacrament of marriage and wishes to support you in living your married life to the fullest.

At times, today’s culture can work against your commitment to a healthy, lifelong Christian marriage.  But the Church tells us that the time of marriage preparation is “a special opportunity for the engaged to rediscover and deepen  the faith received in baptism and nourished by their Christian upbringing. ” Familiaris Consortio #51

Getting Started:

The Catholic Church offers you the building blocks with which to build a solid foundation for your marriage.  The cornerstones of that solid foundation begin now, in your engagement period. Among the key elements of effective and successful marriage preparation are self-knowledge (through an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, both as individuals and as a couple) and good formation (through a strong educational program on the sacrament of matrimony).

This archdiocesan marriage preparation program (the steps of which are outlined below) will provide you with the spiritual resources and practical tools you need for a strong and healthy marriage – not only as newlyweds, but for a lifetime.

6 Steps to a Rewarding Marriage Preparation Experience:

  1.  Meet with your parish priest or deacon.
  2.  Take the Marriage Preparation Course.
  3.  Complete the Marriage Preparation “Inventory”.
  4.  Begin instruction on Natural Family Planning.
  5.  Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  6.  Meet for a final time with your Priest or Deacon.

Find out more about Marriage Prep and Register here!

Please contact us with questions: 610-873-2017 •

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Archdiocese of Philadelphia Marriage Preparation Courses are being held as scheduled according to listed dates and times, but are now being delivered in a live webinar format until further notice. After completing registration, all couples are given instructions via email to join the virtual environment. Thank you for your patience and understanding.