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Marriage Preparation

Please contact the Family Life Office at least 6 months prior to your wedding to register for your Pre-Cana.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you are interviewed by the priest or deacon celebrating your marriage, register for your Pre-Cana classes as soon as possible. Space is limited.

  • Guidance for couples
  • Perspectives on Marriage exercises
  • Pre-Cana Retreat
  • Vocation discernment and engagement period
  • Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage
  • Marriage as a continually developing interpersonal relationship
  • The art of love and communication
  • The virtues and difficulties of conjugal life
  • The gift and responsibility of conjugal sexuality
  • Responsible parenthood and the gift of procreation
  • Educating children in God's love
  • Constructing a well-ordered family life
  • Living a life of faith
  • Creating a family apostolate

Frequently Asked Questions on the Pre-Cana Classes

Natural Family Planning

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops mandates that each diocese in the United States "help couples deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood through both education and pastoral care." In response, the diocesan office offers the following:

  • Introductory NFP education within the context of Catholic moral and sacramental teaching on human sexuality, marriage and family life
  • Follow-up visit with NFP instructor
  • NFP material for enrollees in certified classes

Understanding Sexuality

The mission of the Understanding Sexuality Program is to evangelize based on the Church's teachings on reproduction and the sanctity of human sexuality. Currently this program offers:

  • Distribution of educational materials

Respect Life

  • The Respect Life Ministry serves as a resource for both clergy and laity to address all pro-life issues from conception to natural death.
  • January Pro-Life Rosary Walk
  • Life Chain during October, Respect Life Month
  • October Respect Life Mass
  • Distribution of educational materials

Marriage Support Program

The Marriage Support Program's mission is to enrich marriages by providing spiritual and moral guidance to the sacramental union and focus on its call to Faith and Love. An appointment is necessary to meet with Deacon Eduardo Raines or the Counselor. Please call the office for detailed information.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

The Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples celebrating 25 or 50 years of Catholic Matrimony is celebrated in February.  Please contact the Family Life Office for details.