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Marriage Preparation

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

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. Talk with him about the marriage preparation requirements and local possibilities. To arrange to participate in another program recognized by the Diocese of Portland, contact the person listed to get more information and to register. These programs are usually offered once a year.  When multiple dates are listed, couples attend all sessions in order to complete the preparation program.

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


St. Maximillian Kolbe  (Scarborough)
Sundays: September 9 - October 21, 2019
5-7:30 pm
St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish Hall
Contact: Fr. innocent Okozi


Good Shepherd Parish (Biddeford, Lyman, Old Orchard, Saco)
Saturdays: February 2-March 2, 2019
First four sessions (Feb 2-23): 9:00-12:00 am, Final Session (March 2): 1:00-7:30 pm
Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco
Contact: Josh Houde or call 207-282-4812, Ext. 116
Register On-line:


Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes                                          
Sundays: February 24 - April 7, 2019
Couples attend all sessions.
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Msgr. Dimingo Hall at St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland
Contact:  Carolyn Mitchell  or call 207-773-7746, Ext. 110


Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish (Grand Isle, Madawaska, St. David )
Weekend of March 1-3, 2019
Christian Life Center, 444 U.S. Route One, Frenchville,
Contact:  Charles Collin  or call 207-543-6193


St. John Vianney Parish (Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Saint Francis, Wallagrass)
Saturdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019
4-8 pm
St. Louis Church Basement
Contact: Deacon Luis Sanclamente & Julie Sanclamente  or call 207-834-5656


Prince of Peace/Cluster 17 (Lewiston, Lisbon Falls, Sabattus)
Saturdays: March 9 - April 13, 2019
4-8:30 pm
Holy Trinity, Lisbon Falls
Contact: Fr. Matthew Gregory or call 207-777-1200


Sebago Lakes Region Parishes (Gorham, Westbrook, Windham)
Six Wednesdays: May 1-June 5, 2019
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
Saturday and Sunday, May 18 -19, 2019
8:30 am – 6:30 Saturday, and 8:30 am-12:30 pm Sunday
St. Augustine Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta
Contact: Gail Gould

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

Online Marriage Preparation Programs
Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago
Agape Catholic Ministries from Colorado Springs
Together In God's Love from Our Sunday Visitor

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