St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Marriage Preparation Class
Congratulations! Preparing for a wedding is and exciting and sometimes overwhelming prospect, but in the end it is just the first of many days of your marriage. Marriage preparation is designed to help both bride and groom-to-be take a little time out of the wedding preparations to also prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage!
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage begins 9-12 months before your anticipated wedding day. There are many factors that can slow down the process, so it is important to begin right away. You (or your parents/guardians) must be registered in this parish at least three months prior to beginning preparation. Please contact the parish office to register and to set up an interview with a priest. At that time you will also receive detailed information regarding the remainder of the preparation process, which may include, but is not limited to, questionnaire, sponsor couple meetings, Engaged Encounter weekend, Pre-Cana workshop, and Natural Family Planning classes, as well as meeting with the Director of Music and Liturgy and Business Manager if the wedding is to be held at St. Catherine's.
All individuals (Catholic, non-Catholic, unbaptized) who have been previously married and divorced and who wish to marry in the Catholic Church, need to have their previous marriage(s) declared invalid through the annulment process by the Diocesan Tribunal before marrying again. You may petition for an annulment without having any marriage plans. Annulments are to be completed before beginning the marriage preparation process. For more information, please contact the church office.
Sponsor couples are part of the Engaged Couples Marriage Preparation program. These married couples are parishioners who have accepted the call to help engaged couples in their journey towards marriage. To be considered for the ministry of Sponsor Couple, you must be married at least five years and have attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend program. Interested couples need not be both Catholics. Please contact the parish office to volunteer.