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Marriage Preparation

A vital step in preparing for your marriage is to talk with the priest or deacon, so you can lock in a date and a Church for your ceremony and begin the immediate preparation needed for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Talk with him about the marriage preparation requirements and local possibilities. You may arrange to participate in a program at the parish or through another option recognized by the Diocese of Portland.

Below is a list of current marriage preparation options in Maine.The programs are usually offered once a year and the list is updated as information becomes available.  Contact the person listed to get more information and to register. When multiple dates are listed, couples attend all sessions in order to complete the preparation program.

Are you a current member of the US military? Check out the website for Archdiocese for the Military Services USA to learn what they offer for  marriage preparation.

Why do Catholics get married in the Church?
This short video gives a reason rooted in Christ and the couple.

"Marriage consecrated by God preserves that bond between man and woman that God has blessed ever since the creation of the world." - Pope Francis 

Please see the list below for parish Catholic marriage preparation options available in Maine. They are listed chronologically. A printable, alphabetical list is also available here

All Saints Parish (Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Harpswell, Newcastle, Richmond)

Weekend of February 21-22, 2020

First session (February 21): 6:30-9 PM

Final session (February 22): 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick

To register call the Church Office at (207)-725-2624


Good Shepherd Parish (Biddeford, Lyman, Old Orchard, Saco)
Five consecutive Saturdays
February 29-March 28

First four sessions (February 29-March 21): 9:00am-noon

Final Session (March 28): 1pm-7:30pm
Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco
Contact: Josh Houde or call 207-282-4812, Ext. 116
Register Online:


Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes                                         
Four Consecutive Sundays (March 8-March 29)


Monsignor Domingo Hall at St. Peter's Parish
Contact:  Carolyn Mitchell  or call 207-773-7746, Ext. 110


Prince of Peace (Auburn, Lewiston, Lisbon Falls) 

First five sessions (February 29-March 28)

Final two sessions (April 4, April 18) 

4pm-6 pm

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Ave, Lisbon Falls

Contact: Prince of Peace Parish

Call (207)-777-1200 to register  


Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish (Grand Isle, Madawaska, St. David )
Weekend of March 6-8, 2020
Christian Life Center, 444 U.S. Route One, Frenchville,
Contact:  Charles Collin

To register call the Main Office at (207)-728-7531


Sebago Lakes Region Parishes (Gorham, Westbrook, Windham)

Five Consecutive Wednesdays: May 13-June 10, 2020
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Dinner is included.
Couples attend all sessions.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook
Contact:  Kris Torrey or call 207-857-0490, Ext. 23


St. Michael Parish, Augusta

Online Marriage Preparation Programs
Preparing for Sacramental Marriage from Kathy & Steve Bierne, Portland ME

Transformed in Love Marriage Preparation Webinars from the Archdiocese of Boston

Transformed in Love Marriage Preparation Program & Workbook
Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago
Agape Catholic Ministries from Colorado Springs

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 207-773-6471.