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Marriage Preparation

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! 

This is an exciting time filled with many blessings and preparations. The steps below will help you in your Catholic Marriage Preparation Process.

1. As  soon as possible after your engagement, contact your parish and set up a meeting with a priest or deacon.  He will walk you through the following steps to assist you in preparing for a life-long and joy-filled marriage.

2. Choose your own mentor couple using Witness to Love, or complete one of the following marriage preparation inventories and particpate in a follow-up with your mentor couple:

3. Attend Genesis: A Pre-Cana Retreat. See all available dates on the Genesis Retreat here.

4. Complete a course in Natural Family Planning. For a list of courses available in person throughout the archdiocese and online, please visit the NFP webpage:

Recommended activities:

  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Pray as a couple daily
  • Participate in on-going events for married couples at your parishes or neighboring parishes.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions by Engaged Couples.

Genesis Marriage Retreat

As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as married couples from around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who want to share this exciting journey of married life with you.

It all begins with GENESIS, the one-day retreat for engaged couples.  On the GENESIS retreat, also known as Pre-Cana, you will deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and one another.  You will meet other engaged couples as you begin the journey towards your wedding day where “authentic married love is caught up into divine love.” 
03 December 2022
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, Maria Stein, Ohio, 2365 St Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
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10 December 2022

As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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14 January 2023
The Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, West Milton, Ohio, 3505 Calumet Road
Ludlow Falls, OH 45339 United States
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As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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28 January 2023
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, Maria Stein, Ohio, 2365 St Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
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As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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04 February 2023

As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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18 February 2023
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, 5440 Moeller Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212 United States
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04 March 2023
The Spiritual Center Montezuma Retreat House, Celina, Ohio, 6731 State Route 219
Montezuma, OH 45866 United States
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11 March 2023
The Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, West Milton, Ohio, 3505 Calumet Road
Ludlow Falls, OH 45339 United States
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This retreat is designed specifically to help couples prepare for the sacrament of marriage following a death of a spouse or an annulment. You will hear stories from couples who have experienced […]

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25 March 2023
St. Joseph Parish, Dayton, 411 E Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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29 April 2023
Jesuit Spiritual Center, Milford, Ohio, 5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150 United States
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06 May 2023
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, Maria Stein, Ohio, 2365 St Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
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As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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13 May 2023
The Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, West Milton, Ohio, 3505 Calumet Road
Ludlow Falls, OH 45339 United States
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As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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03 June 2023

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10 June 2023
Jesuit Spiritual Center, Milford, Ohio, 5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150 United States
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17 June 2023
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, Maria Stein, Ohio, 2365 St Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
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As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as […]

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15 July 2023
St. Joseph Parish, Dayton, 411 E Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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22 July 2023
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, 5440 Moeller Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212 United States
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Information for Parish Clergy/Marriage Coordinators 

1. Click to view the Chancellor Resource site where the M1 form in English and Spanish are available. Click here to download our new resource sheet with Guidelines for the process for marriages celebrated in another (Arch)diocese.  

2. Click to order the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Wedding Liturgy Planning Guide.

3. Click for information about the marriage catechumenate.

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