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Marriage Preparation

“Marriage is a call to give oneself to one’s spouse as fully as Christ gave himself to the Church.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, 32


The vocation to marriage is a beautiful expression of God's free, total, faithful, and fruitful love. Your desire to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a great blessing for you and for the Church! 

The Diocesan norm requires the couple to contact the priest or deacon at least four months prior to the wedding. We encourage you to contact your parish as soon as possible to discuss the norms for setting dates, and other preparation events that your pastor may invite you to attend.  

Here is some basic information about the preparation process that might be helpful before you meet with the priest or pastoral minister:

Elements of Marriage Preparation

The required steps of preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church are offered in hopes that the sacredness and beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage will be ever more apparent, that hearts will be touched by God’s love, and that the grace of God will be manifest as these guidelines are followed (Diocese of Dodge City Guidelines).

  • Instrument- Completion the Prepare Enrich couple assessment and discussion of the results with the priest or pastoral minister.

  • Event- Attendance at an Engaged-Encounter retreat weekend or couple-to-couple group session (see for Engaged Encounter dates for the Dodge City Diocese)

  • Sessions- Some parishes might ask couples to attend an Introductory Session to Natural Family Planning (NFP) and/or Theology of the Body as part of their preparation. T

  • Other sessions with Priest or Pastoral Minister may also be required in helping the couple to develop an understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament of Marriage.

  • If the engaged couple is coming from another Diocese, we ask that they participate in the approved marriage preparation program of their Diocese, with the inclusion of the Natural Family Planning Session


Helpful Online Resources:

Engaged Encounter Schedule: Diocese of Dodge City

Engaged Encounter Schedule: Diocese of Wichita

Natural Family Planning Resources


Spoken Bride is a Catholic life-style blog for Brides and Newlyweds.

Helpful post: Navigating the New Revised Rite of Matrimony is an excellent resource for couples who are dating, engaged, newlyweds or married! This is a good place to start for those who want more information on what to expect at a Catholic wedding.

Helpful Post: Planning a Catholic Wedding



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