Contact your parish priest at least ONE YEAR prior to the anticipated wedding date to make arrangements for your preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage. The priest or deacon officiating at your wedding will assist you in fulfilling the necessary canonical and formational requirements and guide you through this enriching and special time of preparation for a life-long Christ-centered marriage.
Download our engaged couples’ brochure, “Getting Married in the Diocese of Worcester”, for an overview of the various components and requirements of the marriage preparation process. The brochure includes a handy checklist to keep track of the meetings you schedule with your priest or deacon and programs you will attend throughout the year.
After your initial meeting with your priest or deacon, REGISTER for BOTH of the following marriage formation programs:
This is a one-day program for engaged couples that uniquely presents the “why’s behind the what’s” of Catholic teaching, helping couples understand God’s plan for marriage and the joy of living it.
Couples should attend the God’s Plan seminar within the first three months of your year of preparation as it forms a foundation that greatly enriches the other parts of the marriage preparation process.
Seminars are held at various locations approximately six times a year. Be sure to register early for preferred availability.
HOW TO REGISTER:
This special retreat weekend is designed to give couples planning marriage an opportunity to dialogue honestly about their prospective lives together. Through a series of talks couples discuss many aspects of their daily lives and their role as a couple living the vocation of Christian marriage in the Church and in society.
HOW TO REGISTER:
“Preparing for Marriage Takes on New Look” – The Catholic Free Press – August 2009