Marriage Preparation Program

Please know that even if you will not be getting married in our Church, we would still like to help you prepare! Your marriage preparation should be completed at least 6 months before your wedding. The retreat prepares couples by briefly reviewing some fundamentals about Catholic Christianity, the Catholic concept of marriage, perspectives on children and family planning, and guidelines for family budgeting. 

Our program is sensitive to couples from diverse faith traditions. Each year we schedule a Fall and a Spring Pre-Cana program. We call it a Pre-Cana program because of the Gospel story of a miracle at a wedding feast in the town of Cana.

Our Pre-Cana program has four parts:

(1) A one-hour, in-person or call-in orientation meeting at the Newman Center scheduled for Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM.

(2) On-line work (about three hours per week) in which you review material on the internet and complete homework assignments. As part of the on-line work, you and your future spouse will complete an inventory of questions called FOCCUS ($15), which helps to identify topics for you to discuss with the guidance of a certified FOCCUS facilitator.

3) A Pre-Cana Retreat day on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM, where you will hear and discuss presentations by married couples. There will also be a Q&A with the pastor and a concluding mass at 4:00 PM. The Saturday retreat also takes place at Newman Center 

4) After the retreat day, each couple will have 1-3 hours of facilitated meetings with a FOCCUS facilitator to review the results of the FOCCUS inventory.   These meetings are completed after the retreat day and are scheduled between the couple and their assigned FOCCUS facilitator.

Register and pay for our Spring 2018 marriage preparation by Monday, February 19.  Click here to register for the Spring 2018 Pre-Cana Preparation.

If you have any questions, contact our Sacramental Coordinator, Carole Tokarczyk, at  or 267-787-5000, x1.

Your registration is not complete until you pay an offering of $250 per couple, which helps cover the cost of the retreat. Click below to pay the fee by credit card.