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Marriage Preparation

 2017 Parish Marriage Preparation Calendar

Below are the listings for parish-based Marriage Preparation programs in our diocese.  The first step in preparing for your marriage is to talk with the priest, deacon, or marriage preparation coordinator who will help you prepare for your wedding so you can lock in a date and a church for the ceremony.  Let that person know which program you can attend. Then you can contact the person listed to get more details about that program. If your parish offers a program, it is preferred that you will attend that one if possible.

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Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, Madawaska

Weekend of March 3-5, 2017
Christian Life Center in Frenchville

Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes

Seven Consecutive Sundays:  February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9.
Couples attend all sessions
6:00-8:30 p.m. – dinner included
Msgr. Dimingo Hall at St. Peter Church, Portland

Contact: or 207-773-7746, Ext. 110, by Feb. 5, 2017
Register online at:

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

Five Saturdays in March 18, 25; April 1, 8
9:00-11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Church Hall, Biddeford

April 22
1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner included.
Most Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Saco. 

Couples attend all sessions.

Register online at

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

Four Consecutive Saturdays:  March 18, 25; April 1, 8
Couples attend all sessions
4:30-9:15 p.m. – dinner included
Site to be announced

Contact:  Fr. Steven Cartwright at

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Friday and Saturday, March 24-25
6:00-9:00 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday – includes lunch
Notre Dame Church, Waterville


St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

Arrangements determined with priest or deacon
Contact: Rev. Albert B. Colpitts at 207-793-2244

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent  
Contact: or 207-834-5656

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor
Friday evening & Saturday, May 12-13
4:30-9:00 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday

Contact:  or 217-6740

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook
Seven Wednesdays:  May 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28. 

Couples attend all sessions.
6:00-8:30 p.m. - includes dinner
St. Anthony Parish Hall, Westbrook

Contact: or 207-857-0490, Ext. 23

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

Saturday and Sunday, June 10–11
8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday
St. Monica Hall, Augusta


St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough    

Seven Sessions on Sunday evenings, starting in September
Couples attend all sessions
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Hall from 5:00-7:30 p.m. - includes dinner

Contact: or Fr. Innocent at

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Couples first contact the priest, then contact Beth and James King at 207-748-7974 or  to set up a time that is convenient for them.
Program is designed to be completed in 4 evenings and will be done with just the engaged couple and a mentor couple.

At times an engaged couple cannot attend a scheduled parish program (i.e. military deployment, fiancé lives in a different state, etc.).  When the priest or deacon who is preparing you for marriage consents, you can choose to participate in one of the programs below.

Online Marriage Preparation Programs:
Online Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago
Online Catholic Marriage Prep. (Agape Catholic Ministries) from Colorado Springs    

Other possibilities in New England
Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends
Archdiocese of Boston Marriage Preparation

Online Natural Family Planning Courses:
Archdiocese of Chicago on-line NFP training
Billings Ovulation Method
Colorado Springs on-line NFP training
Couple to Couple League on-line training
Marquette University Model of NFP

Natural Family Planning International
Northwest Family Services

For more information, contact the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 773-6471.