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Marriage Preparation


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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

What a great joy it is to discover you have been called to the vocation of married life. The Church wants to accompany you in this exciting and important time.


Preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony

The vocation to married life, just as other vocations, requires prayerful discernment and committed preparation. Pope Francis reminds us: “The call to married life, therefore, requires a heartfelt discernment of the quality of the relationship and a period of engagement to confirm it. To approach the Sacrament of Marriage, the engaged couple must establish the certainty that the hand of God is in their bond and that he precedes and accompanies them and will enable them to say: With the Grace of Christ I promise to be faithful to you always. They cannot promise each other fidelity “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health”, and to love and honour one another all the days of their lives, solely on the basis of good will or of the hope that it ‘will work out’. They need to ground themselves on the solid terrain of God’s faithful Love. And this is why, before receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony, there should be a careful preparation, I would say a catechumenate, because with love one’s entire life is at stake, one does not kid around with love. The preparation must be mature and it takes time. It is not a formality: it is a Sacrament.” ( Pope Francis, General Audience, 2018)

The call to prayerful discernment and committed preparation is not only for newly engaged couples but it is also for those seeking to convalidate their marriages. Convalidation is a marriage preparation process for couples who are civilly married but not married before a Catholic priest or deacon. Click here to learn more about convalidation.

In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the local parishes guide couples in the process of preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please contact your parish office to inquire more about this process. Click here to find a parish near you.


7 Steps for Marriage Preparation

Each parish designs its own process of preparing couples for marriage, but there are usually 7 Steps that are followed in marriage preparation:

Step 1. Couples meet with their home parish priest, deacon, or delegate for initial intake to learn about the marriage preparation process and how long the process will take for them.

Step 2. Couples then meet with priest, deacon, or delegate to fill-out the Archdiocesan Pre-Nuptial Questionnaire and a Pre-Marital Inventory.

Step 3. Couple attends meetings with their priest, delegate, or sponsor couple for follow up to the Pre-Marital Inventory and for general formation for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Step 4. If recommended by their home parish, couples attend a Deanery/Parish/Archdiocesan formation day/weekend/seminar 4-8 months before their wedding to complement the individual meetings the couple had with the priest, his delegate, or the sponsor couple.

Step 5. Optional: Natural Family Planning Course (3 sessions) with certified instructors

Step 6. Couples meet with priest, deacon, or delegate to plan liturgy.

Step 7. Couples meet with priest, deacon, or delegate for wedding rehearsal.

For frequently asked questions about marriage preparation and formation, click here.

If your Pastor has recommended that you participate in a marriage formation event outside of the parish, please make sure you have read the 7 Steps for Marriage Preparation above before registering for any of the marriage preparation events listed below.


Upcoming Courses

MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM (ENGLISH)

DATE: Saturday, October 12, 2019 & Sunday, October 13, 2019

SCHEDULE: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

LOCATION: St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church (6150 Roft Rd, San Antonio, TX 78253) (Directions)

REGISTRATION CONTACT: Sarah Pruski

Phone  210-734-1966

Email  Email Sarah

RegisterRegister here


Marriage Preparation Sessions in Floresville Deanery (English)

DATES: FALL 2019: Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Dec 5

SCHEDULE: Thursday nights from 7:00 PM–8:15 PM

LOCATION: St. Mary's Church (1201 N. St. Mary's St., Stockdale, TX 78160) (Directions)

REGISTRATION CONTACT: Olga Baumann

Phone  830-393-6117

Email  Email Olga

Marriage Preparation Course (English)

DATE: Saturday, November 9, 2019

SCHEDULE: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

LOCATION: Holy Spirit Catholic Church (8134 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216) (Directions)

REGISTRATION/CONTACT: Rose Cruz

Phone  210-341-1395 x 8367

Email  Email Rose


Unitas (Español)

FECHA: Sábado, 9 de noviembre de 2019

HORARIO: 9:00 AM a 6:00 PM

LUGAR: St. Agnes Catholic Church (829 Ruiz St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Dirección)

CONTACTO: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterInscripciones abren un mes antes de la fecha del retiro


Unitas (English)

DATE: Saturday, January 11, 2020

SCHEDULE: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

LOCATION: Christ the King Catholic Church (2610 Perez St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Directions)

REGISTRATION CONTACT: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterRegistration Opens 1 month before event


MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM (ENGLISH)

DATE: Saturday, February 1, 2020 & Sunday, February 2, 2020

SCHEDULE: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

LOCATION: TBD

REGISTRATION CONTACT: Maria Duran Gonzalez

Phone  210-734-1637

Email  Email Maria

RegisterRegistration Opens 3 months before event


Unitas (Español)

FECHA: Sábado, 7 de marzo de 2020

HORARIO: 10:00 AM a 6:00 PM

LUGAR: St. Agnes Catholic Church (829 Ruiz St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Dirección)

CONTACTO: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterInscripciones abren un mes antes de la fecha del retiro


Unitas

DATE: May 16, 2020

SCHEDULE: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

LOCATION: Christ the King Catholic Church (2610 Perez St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Directions)

CONTACT: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterRegistration opens 1 month before event


MARRIAGE PREPARATION (ENGLISH)

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2020 & Sunday, May 17, 2020

SCHEDULE: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

LOCATION: TBD

REGISTRATION CONTACT: Sarah Pruski

Phone  210-734-1966

Email  Email Sarah

RegisterRegistration Opens 3 months before event


Unitas (Español)

FECHA: Sábado, 11 de julio de 2020

HORARIO: 10:00 AM a 6:00 PM

LUGAR: St. Agnes Catholic Church (829 Ruiz St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Dirección)

CONTACTO: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterInscripciones abren un mes antes de la fecha del retiro


Unitas

DATE: September 26, 2020

SCHEDULE: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

LOCATION: Christ the King Catholic Church (2610 Perez St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Directions)

CONTACT: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterRegistration opens 1 month before event


Unitas (Español)

FECHA: Sábado, 14 de noviembre de 2020

HORARIO: 10:00 AM a 6:00 PM

LUGAR: St. Agnes Catholic Church (829 Ruiz St., San Antonio, TX 78207) (Dirección)

CONTACTO: Yolanda Vargas

Phone  210-955-9570 x 305

Email  Email Yolanda

RegisterInscripciones abren un mes antes de la fecha del retiro


Attention priests, deacons, and marriage preparation ministers:

Click here for resources and programs to help you as you walk with couples in the marriage preparation process.

Marriage Preparation Resources

Marriage Preparation Resources from For Your Marriage