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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.