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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 Retreat..

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 and locations vary. Among the topics coved in the Pre-Cana retreat are:

  • Sacramental Love and engagement
  • Vocation discernment
  • Sacrament of Marriage
  • Effective and meaningful communication
  • The virtues in conjugal life
  • The gift and responsibility of conjugal sexuality
  • Responsible finances
  • Educating children in God's love
  • Living a life of faith and evangelization
  • Legal matters

Frequently Asked Questions on the Pre-Cana retreats

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
  • A Follow-up visit with NFP instructor
  • NFP material for all enrollees in 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 Program 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 at all parishes
  • Distribution of educational materials in English and Spanish
  • Different activities to involve children, families and individuals throughout the year in the pro-life movement

Family Support Program

The Family 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. Individual spiritual accompaniment is also availble. Please call the Family Life Office to schedule an appointment

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.