Marriage Preparation Courses

Planning a Catholic Wedding?

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming marriage! We are here to help.

If you are planning to marry in the Catholic Church, the first thing you need to do is to engage a Catholic priest or deacon to marry you (your celebrant) or, if you are marrying in another diocese, you need a local priest or deacon to assist you with the official Church and Government paperwork (your local clergy contact).

To find a local priest or deacon to assist you, make enquiries in the parish where you live. Find it by entering your postcode here

The priest or deacon will need at least 3-6 months’ notice in order to assist you. He can guide you regarding Government and Church requirements, preparation of your wedding booklet, arrangements for a wedding rehearsal, and so on.

Your celebrant will also let you know what marriage preparation he would like you to undertake. Marriage preparation will usually include a few meetings with your celebrant as well as one or more of the following pre-marriage education options:

The Archdiocesan / CatholicCare marriage preparation course is usually conducted on the first Tuesday evening of every month (except January) at the CatholicCare offices in Red Hill.

This session runs from 5pm to 9pm and involves each member of the couple filling out a detailed questionnaire called a FOCCUS Inventory. A feedback session is arranged for some time later in the month to discuss the results of the questionnaire with a trained facilitator. A complimentary 6 month check-in with the facilitator is also offered to couples who would like to take up the option.

The FOCCUS Inventory and feedback session are now also available online.

After completing the questionnaire, couples gather for a meal and to hear some input about Catholic marriage from a priest and from a married couple. Time is provided for each couple to draw aside in private to discuss the issues that are being raised.
Cost is $250 per couple. (COVID Special, normally $300)
Register here or make enquiries on 0429 192 869
Payment can be made securely here. Please select the Marriage Preparation option as the biller code.

Scheduled dates:

  • Online any time
  • Tues June 2nd, 5-9pm
  • Tues July 7th, 5-9pm
  • Tues August 4th, 5-9pm
  • Tues September 1st, 5-9pm
  • Tues October 6th, 5-9pm
  • Tues November 3rd, 5-9pm
  • Tues December 1st, 5-9pm

SmartLoving Engaged Online is an approved online Catholic Marriage Preparation course comprised of 9 Lessons of approximately 1.5 hours each.

Ideally, one lesson per week gives you time to practice the tools and form new habits over a 3 month period. It can also be fast-tracked when required. At the end of the course, you will be emailed a certificate and course report to give to your celebrant.
Your celebrant can also use the questions at the end of each course as an opportunity to discuss your preparation with you. You can also invite a mentor couple to journey with you at no extra cost.
Work at your own pace, when it suits you!
Cost $100 per couple including workbooks
Register here or make enquiries on 0429 192 869
Payment can be made securely here. Please select the Marriage Preparation option as the biller code.

Evenings for the Engaged is a program run over two consecutive Saturdays (9am-3pm)

There are between 6-8 couples in each course, private time is provided for each couple to build a closer relationship while exploring important topics. The course is presented by married couples and topics include: Family of Origin, Communication, Intimacy in Marriage, The Sacrament of Marriage (presented by a Priest), God in Marriage, Building a Stronger Marriage.
Cost $150 including catering and resources.
Register here or contact Pru and Peter Grist at prugordon@gmail.com

Next courses:

  • Saturdays 4th & 11th July 2020, Murrumbateman (or online)
  • Saturdays 10th & 17th October 2020, Murrumbateman (or online)

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend for engaged couples run in Sydney

While many couples attend each weekend, no personal discussion takes place within the whole group. Personal discussion only takes place between you and your fiancé. Private time is provided for each couple to build a closer relationship while exploring the following topics: your future lives together; your strengths and weaknesses; your desires, ambitions & goals; your attitudes about money, sex, children, family and your role in the church and society.
Cost approximately $290 not including accommodation.
Register here or contact Linda 0408 162 038
More information www.engagedencounter.org.au 

Proposed next courses:

  • August 1-2, 2020
  • November 7-8, 2020
Marriage Preparation Courses (pdf - 53 KB)