Getting Married in the Catholic Church



The Church welcomes you and is delighted that you are considering celebrating this time in your life in the presence of God and your faith community.


You should be thinking of your first steps:


  • Call your parish to begin the process. Our churches have commitments and schedules and need some advance notice in order to accommodate your needs. Parish Links

  • You will be asked to take a Fully Engaged inventory and have the results processed by a member of your parish team. The 150+ questions and your responses to them will help you as a couple get an objective look at your strengths and at those areas where you might need to do some work. This is a tool designed to assist you in moving into Marriage in the Catholic church as prepared as possible.

  • Ask your parish for information concerning Pre-Cana/Marriage Prep/Engaged Encounter and register as soon as possible for a session. All of the recent information about marriages in our country tells us that the couple who prepares well for the marriage (not simply the wedding ceremony) has the greatest potential for success.  Also, this preparation is most effective when the engaged couple can participate fully and have time to process the information gathered and the skills learned. Please register as soon as possible, as sessions fill as much as three months before the date.

  • View Pre-Cana Schedule

  • If you are having trouble finding a Pre-Cana session that is in your area or one that fits into your schedule talk to your pastor about using the  Online Pre-Cana option.

  • Now you are ready to work with a member of the parish staff and/or the musicians to prepare the ceremony


Other Links you may find helpful:


Marriage: Unique for a Reason


Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding


For Your Marriage


Marriage: United in Love, Strengthened for Service


Love and Sexuality




Family Planning


Second Marriage