Marriage Preparation

"In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith,
believing families are of primary
importance as centers of living, radiant faith.
For this reason the Second Vatican Council
using an ancient expression, calls the family
the Ecclesia domestica (the Domestic Church)."  

(Lumen Gentium, 11)


Congratulations on your engagement!  Your time of engagement is an exciting time for you with many details to consider.  Of utmost importance is the opportunity to prepare yourself to receive this most wonderful and beautiful sacrament in the Catholic Church.  The first step is to contact your local parish and meet with the pastor to go over marriage preparation components and to answer your questions.  Please begin this process at least 9 months in advance of your planned wedding date.  



For Your Marriage is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with resources for couples who are at all stages of relationship: dating, engaged, and married. It is designed to assist Catholic couples prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony and provide information for married couples on Catholic parenting, co-parenting, entering second marriages, and many other relational situations.