Marriage Preparation

These are the steps to follow to meet the requirements for Catholic marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We work together so you will have every opportunity to build a marriage that echoes the love that God has for us; a happy, healthy, and holy marriage; a marriage that is truly a marriage in the Lord. 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.

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.

National Marriage Week

Celebrate National Marriage Week, February 7 - 14, 2016. The USCCB provides numerous resources that can be of assistance to bishops, priests and lay leaders in promoting, strengthening and defending the gift of marriage.

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