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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. Complete one of the following marriage preparation inventories and participate in follow up:

3. Genesis Retreat (2021 Pre-Cana, see below)

4. Complete a course in Natural Family Planning through one of the following NFP providers:

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.” 

Register for a Genesis Retreat

17 July 2021
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, 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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24 July 2021

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21 August 2021

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 August 2021
Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, 5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150 United States
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11 September 2021
The Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, 3505 Calumet Road
Ludlow Falls, OH 45339 United States
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02 October 2021
The Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal, 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 […]

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23 October 2021
Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, 5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150 United States
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06 November 2021

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20 November 2021
Montezuma Retreat Center, 6731 State Route 219
Montezuma, OH 45866 United States
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04 December 2021
Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, 5361 S. Milford Rd.
Milford, OH 45150 United States
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Information for Parish Clergy/Marriage Coordinators 

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED WITH NEW DATES FOR THE FALL OF 2021, SO CHECK BACK REGULARLY.

1. Click to view the Chancellor Resource site where the M1 form in English and Spanish are available.
2. Click to order the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Wedding Liturgy Planning Guide.
3. List of upcoming sessions of the Genesis: a Pre-Cana Retreat  

Please note this list will be updated with new dates for the fall of 2021, so check back regularly.

CONTACT US

Adriana Vasquez
Director, Marriage and Family
Adriana Vasquez

Contact Me For: A resource for leadership formation on marriage and sexual moral ethics Questions on Natural Family Planning Support to any married couples facing the cross of infertility and […]

Email avasquez@catholicaoc.org
Katie Englefield
Marriage Preparation
Katie Englefield

Contact me for: Information regarding the Genesis marriage prep retreat Becoming a presenting couple for a Genesis retreat Hosting a Genesis retreat at your parish Becoming a mentor couple to […]

Email kenglefield@catholicaoc.org