The Purpose of Marriage Preparation in the Catholic Church

“Knowing that the marriage and family constitute one of the most precious of human values, the Church wishes to speak and offer her help… In a particular way, the Church addresses the young who are beginning their journey towards marriage and family life, for the purpose of presenting them with new horizons, helping them to discover the beauty and grandeur of the vocation to love and service of others” Pope John Paul II

The Goals of Marriage Preparation

To support the love of the couple and challenge them to grow in their relationship and in their faith;

To demonstrate the Church’s care for their welfare;

To allow time for the church and the couple to assess the couple’s spiritual and psychological readiness for marriage;

To increase a couple’s awareness of the sacred nature of marriage;

To bring the couple to a deeper appreciation of those communication skills that enable their relationship to mature;

To teach and review the practical information needed to live out their committed love;

  • 3-4 Meetings with the parish priest to discuss the theology of a sacramental marriage and to plan the wedding liturgy; 634-2315;
  • Engaged Encounter, a weekend experience at the Spiritual Life Center; Reservations are made by calling (316) 744-0167;
  • Introductory Class of Natural Family Planning. This class is conducted several times a month, and reservations can be made at (316) 685-6776;
  • Parish Marriage Preparation Nights, Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, Parish Conference Room. Dates: Oct 15; Nov 12; Dec. 10 Pls. attend as many as possible;
  • Other Opportunities:
  • Language of Love Series, TBA
  • “Why do Catholic’s do that?” Series, Wednesday’s at 6:30pm and Sunday’s at 10:30am. See Sunday bulletin for details

Are you Ready to enter a Sacramental Marriage?

Since marriage demands a lifelong commitment, such a decision requires a prayerful and mature decision. The following criteria is necessary:

Faith, and the regular practice of that faith;

Maturity, which includes a sufficient degree of independence, responsibility, judgment, and selflessness;

Special Circumstances?

The following constitute “special circumstances” and should be discussed with your priest::

  • Under the age of 18;
  • Premarital sexuality or pregnancy;
  • Interfaith marriage;
  • Prior marriage;
  • Cohabitation;


Contact Parish Office
634-2315, ext 117
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