Marriage Preparation
Congratulations! We are happy you have decided to marry in the Catholic Church and will be receiving the graces and blessings of the Sacrament of Matrimony. There is education and preparation for all the sacraments of the faith.

These are the steps to follow to meet the requirements for Catholic marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Learn more >>

Newly Married Workshops
The wedding is over! Now it's time to concentrate on your marriage. We want you to have a successful marriage and we know you want that too.

You are invited to participate in any or all of 5 two-hour workshops during your first years of marriage. All workshops are in the evenings in the Chicago area. Exact times and locations are in the drop down box.

Once you are married about 6 months, sign up for any of the sessions. You can take them in any order. The topics covered in Session A are expectations, adjustments, time management, and building strengths; Session B is finances and sexuality; Session C: communication and gender Differences; Session D is resolving conflict and forgiveness, and Session E covers prayer, faith, and sacrament. These workshops were part of your marriage preparation fee, so there is no additional charge for them.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass
The annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass for 2017 will be held on Sunday, September 17 at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. If you're married 50 years this year, or you were not able to come last year and want to come this year, please keep this date free! Learn  more>>

Lifelong marriage
Our Catholic community believes marriage happens with the help of the Lord and is a relationship that parallels the love of Christ for his people. It is a lifelong commitment to one other person and a dwelling place of God's spirit. Christian marriage is a demanding vocation that needs the support and encouragement of the entire community.

Your marriage needs renewal and support. This can be done in simple and spontaneous ways, or it can involve more structured and long-term planning. Research is finding that marriage education and enrichment are important for marriages that want to stay healthy.

To date over 700,000 couples have used our most popular marriage preparation workbook, A Marriage in the Lord. Our Spanish language resources are also very popular and used around the world. We offer comprehensive training and the most up-to-date resources for couples to learn to use Natural Family Planning. We can assist couples who are struggling in their relationship to recapture the love and vision that brought them together. We can steer you to programs that provide Catholic marriage help and recommend Catholic marriage counseling if needed. Research shows that many couples may not need counseling if they can attend Catholic marriage education and communication classes to strengthen their relationships. Marriage and Family Ministries offers programs and resources for couples to build a lifelong marriage.

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  • History of Marriage Ministry in Chicago - We have been the leaders in Marriage Ministry since 1944. Read about the history of marriage prep in Chicago, starting with the Cana Conference through the Marriage and Family Ministries Office.