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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 for Catholics getting married in Maine. Some are in-person only and others are completed fully or partially online. Parish-based programs are usually offered once a year and the list is updated as information becomes available. 

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.

Rosary for Engaged Couples (developed for the Year of the Family)

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 

Parish-based Programs in Maine
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.

As of April 21, 2022, there are no in-person parish marriage preparation programs scheduled in Maine. This site will be updated as parishes finalize plans for summer and fall offerings.

Online Marriage Preparation Programs Approved by the Diocese of Portland
Preparing for Sacramental Marriage from Kathy & Steve Bierne, Portland ME

Transformed in Love Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Boston (also has in-person options in the Boston area)

Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago

Agape Catholic Ministries from Colorado Springs

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