ringsMarriage Preparation



Preparing to live the Sacrament of Marriage is important. It is the cornerstone for Catholic family life.

The Diocese provides these sessions on relationship skills and healthy married sexuality to complement your parish's sacramental ministry. After you meet with your parish leadership and complete the FOCCUS Inventory at your parish, be sure to check and plan with your pastor or pastoral leader about which programs will help you better prepare for living the Sacrament of Marriage. Download the Marriage Preparation Checklist for all that needs to be done to properly prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Upcoming Sessions

2014-2015 Schedule

2015-2016 Schedule

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is offered by trained instructors to complement the introductory info provided by your parish and the Diocese. See below

2014-2015 Brochure

A Marriage in the Lord

"A Marriage in the Lord" a two-part marriage preparation program:

Part I is a one-day program (Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at locations throughout the Diocese of Green Bay. By attending you will:

  • Explore the relationship skills to nurture a lifelong commitment.
  • Hear presentations from experienced married couples who lead discussion on living the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • Pre-registration is required.

Cost: Includes continental breakfast, lunch and resource materials | Pre-registration is required | Payment must be made in advance -- no payments will be accepted on the day of the event.

Part II is a two-hour session, held on a separate day, at locations throughout the Diocese. By attending you will learn:

  • The Church's teachings about the Sacrament of Marriage and responsible parenthood including a healthy option for a lifetime of love called "Natural Family Planning."
  • Sessions are led by committed Catholic married couples who will share scientific and medical research, personal stories, prayer and locally available resources.
  • No fee for Part II. Resource materials are provided. Pre-registration is required.

Sessions can be taken in any order (for example, Part II before Part I).

2014-2015 Schedule

2015-2016 Schedule

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled workshops, please consider an online option for both Part I and Part II. Please call our office for further information: (920) 272-8291.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please contact our office immediately at (920) 272-8291 if you are not able to attend your scheduled marriage prep class.

NOTE: Couples who re-schedule their date after registering will be charged a $10.00 service fee.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

A brief overview of NFP is presented at the day-long sessions, and more individualized instruction is offered by trained certified instructors.  The Diocese has NFP instructors available who teach a variety of methods for you to learn the tools to effectively plan your family in accord with God's plan for marriage.  See the Diocesan NFP brochure or CLICK HERE for more information.

Re-opening the Door to Marriage

"Re-opening the Door to Marriage" is a special marriage preparation retreat for couples who plan to marry in the Catholic Church after an annulment, after the death of a spouse, or who are currently civilly married and are now seeking the Sacrament of Marriage. The retreat day will be tailored to the unique issues of the couples, such as financial health, finding each other's strengths, raising stepchildren, communication styles, and more.

Check back for the date of the next Re-opening the Door to Marriage retreat