How do you know if you’re ready to get married? Or if this is the right person?
Once you’ve decided to marry, prepare yourselves. A premarital inventory can identify potentially troublesome issues before the wedding. Research has proven that a marriage preparation program can get your marriage off to a great start.
Marriage preparation programs come in many forms: residential weekends, a weekly series, one day programs, parish-based programs, and couple to couple meetings with a mentor couple. Here are some widely-used ones.
A Decision to Love
When Two Become One
In this DVD, Msgr. Jim Lisante and four couples explain what engaged couples need to know before marrying in the Catholic Church.
Catholic Engaged Encounter
A retreat weekend for engaged couples to discuss issues that will impact their marriage.
The First Dance/Take Back Your Wedding
Help engaged couples and their parents manage the people stress of wedding planning
For Better and For Ever – Marriage Preparation Resources
A parish based “sponsor couple” approach to marriage preparation
A Marriage in the Lord
Only Love Can Make It Easy
Perspectives on Marriage
Online one-on-one mentor-led course based upon Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.Imprimatur granted by Bishop Michael Sheridan.
God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
Theology of the Body marriage preparation supplement that focuses on the sacramentality and nature of marriage and the beauty of human sexuality
Online Marriage Prep Class
An online, on-demand preparation program that is interactive, convenient, and private. Available anytime from anywhere.
or call 1-855-PRE CANA (773-2262).
Spirituality and Religion in Your Marriage: A Reflective Process for Engaged Couples
A booklet that helps a couple assess the extent of their spiritual and religious interests, emphasizes the importance of both, and leads them into deeper discussion.
Picture of Love
Marriage preparation programs for engaged couples and couples in need of convalidation. Written by Joan Vienna and Virginia Metoyer, Family Life Office, Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
A Catholic catechetical pre-marriage inventory that carries a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. This inventory also uses a catechetical workbook for engaged couples, facilitator’s guide, free training DVD, and follow-up e-mails for the first year. Call 800-624-9019 to order a preview kit.
Other resources for engaged couples:
CatholicWeddingPlanner.com. Smart, easy way for clergy and engaged couples to plan wedding ceremony online. Engaged couples can select their nuptial liturgy texts and create printed programs. Clergy can configure couple options and receive a complete ceremony printout.
Novena for Couples Preparing for Their Wedding or Anniversary. An excellent resource for engaged or married couples, the novena helps marriages grow strong and holy with the commitment to pray together from the beginning and throughout their married life.