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Preparation Resources

Marriage Help and Support

Preparation Resources

Preparation Resources

A decision made in haste or in doubt will most often be regretted later. Take time to prepare.

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.

Before I Do – Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage

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.

Engaged Enrichment
A parish-based marriage preparation experience presented in one evening and the following day or in three evenings.

Evenings for Engaged
A six evening program in which a lead married couple meets with several engaged couples in the leader’s home

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
Developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago Family Ministries Office and used in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.

Transformed in Love: Building Your Catholic Marriage

A comprehensive ready-to-use Catholic marriage preparation program that provides engaged couples with the latest in researched practical skills and information to build a life-long, life giving, faith-filled loving marriage in today’s culture.

Only Love Can Make It Easy

Perspectives on Marriage

Catholic Marriage Preparation, Inc.
Thorough one-on-one online course based upon Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

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.
Contact: or call 888-499-7737.

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.

Preparing to Live in Love
Combines personal mentoring with a marriage preparation curriculum that integrates Theology of the Body and practical life skills.

Fully Engaged
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.

More For Your Marriage

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