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Marriage Prep Resources

Resources for Clergy

  • The M1 Form can be found in English or Spanish on the Chancellor Resource Site.



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 here) or attend Three To Get Married: Marriage Prep Retreat or Catholic Engaged Encounter.

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.

NEED TO RESCHEDULE PRE-CANA?  Send an email to: kenglefield@catholicaoc.org 

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Marriage Enrichment and Support

  • Cana Family Institute – Cana Family Institute partners with Catholic parishes, schools and diocesan leaders to build Strong Catholic Marriages and Families using an enlightening curriculum and accompaniment approach by engaging and transforming the family for Christ and the Church. The Cana Experience focuses on forming parents of young children from birth to 5th grade.
  • Cana Feast – Cana Feast is resource for virtual retreats and supportive community, dedicated to uplifting and inspiring Catholic couples to live their sacramental marriage with faith, hope and love. Right now Cana Feast is offering a number of free resources to help Catholic couples enrich their marriages.
  • Discovering Our Deepest Desire
  • Retrouvaille Program – Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with difficulties in their marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into a better future believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriage can be healed. The next program will be January 7-9, 2022. For more information about the Retrouvaille programs in the Greater Cincinnati area, call 513-486-6222 or visit https://www.helpourmarriage.org.
  • United In Love, United In Christ
  • Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Church Documents

Wedding Anniversary

Are you celebrating a significant wedding anniversary in 2021?
25, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, or 75 years… 

Request an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis 
Note: For Apostolic Blessings there is a fee for postage and a donation to Papal Charities

Online registration and 2021 wedding anniversary certificates are now closed.  

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Married couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2021 are invited to attend one of the following Golden Anniversary masses:

  • Saturday, August 7 at 4:30 pm Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Dayton
  • Sunday, August 8 at 11:00 am the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati.

Registration for the 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses on August 7 and 8, 2021 is now closed. When we have information available for 2022, we will update our website. If you have any other questions, please contact Ana Ramirez at aramirez@catholicaoc.org.

What God Has Joined

“Among the elements to be instilled in this journey of faith, which is similar to the catechumenate, there must also be a deeper knowledge of the mystery of Christ and the Church, of the meaning of grace and of the responsibility of Christian marriage, as well as preparation for taking an active and conscious part in the rites of the marriage liturgy.”

– St. John Paul II

Fully Engaged

A Catholic catechetical premarital inventory for engaged couples.

Witness to Love

A marriage prep model that emphasizes integrating engaged couples back into the life of the parish.

What God Has Joined: The New Marriage Catchumenate

Learn more about how marriage preparation present a unique opportunity to introduce a couple to the joys of the Catholic faith.

Family Support Services

Here is a list of local Catholic therapists who can address a variety of marriage and family issues, including counseling for addictions such as pornography.

Springs in the Desert

We are honored to accompany you in your struggle with infertility and loss. Together as a community, we share in the hope that God is transforming our suffering into fruitfulness.

Divorced Catholic

Our mission is to help get you started– and keep you going– on the path to recovery, rebuilding, and renewal from divorce by providing you with information, resources, and encouragement.

This website approaches divorce healing through a 100% Catholic lens with divorce support programs, workshops, books and daily inspirations.

Surviving Divorce: Hope & Healing for the Catholic Family

There’s no such thing as “Catholic divorce” but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. We’re here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where you’ll personally encounter Christ—with all His love and tender mercies. And that’s the REALLY good news.

Surviving Divorce: Cincinnati Eastside Region: The winter session begins Wednesday, January 17, 2021. To register or to find out more please contact skb_steph@yahoo.com or 513-331-0358.  Click here for the flyer.

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

An annulment is a declaration by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union. For more information about the Annulment Process including the answers to frequently asked questions click the title above to be taken to the USCCB Webpage.

Divorce Care

Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.

Welcoming Divorced and Separated Catholics

“We can and must do better for all our marginalized Catholics.”  This article focuses on debunking incorrect theology regarding Catholicism and divorce. 

Supporting Divorced Catholics

At a time when divorce has become an everyday occurrence in society, parish leaders may feel at a loss as to how to address the overwhelming needs of the many divorced Catholics in their communities. With the wide range of emotions, questions, and dilemmas these men and women go through, how can they be effectively supported with truth and compassion? This webinar offers practical tools that can help parish leaders reach and serve this group within the Church.

For a book that addresses this topic, check out: The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati offers Courage. Beginning in 1980, the late Fr. John Harvey, OSFS, began a unique ministry and outreach within the larger Catholic context. With Cardinal Terrance Cooke’s (then Archbishop of New York City), Fr. Harvey recognized the need to reach out and assist Catholics who experience same sex attraction to be active and engaged Catholics. With this ministry, Courage, International, was formed and has continued to grow across the United States and is now nearing final canonical approval as an apostolate within the Catholic Church. Built in the model of the Twelve Steps, Courage seeks to provide fellowship and support for participants centered around the Five Goals of Courage: Chastity, Prayer and Dedication, Fellowship, Support, and Good Example/Role Model. To contact Courage in Cincinnati, email  courage@catholicaoc.org or Dayton at couragenorth@catholicaoc.org.


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati also offers EnCourage. EnCourage members are parents, spouses, siblings, and friends of people who identify as LGBTQ. They are looking for help to keep the faith and keep their family bonds intact. EnCourage members work together to understand the experiences of their loved ones, and to respond to them with compassion. They know that it is possible to express love for someone even if we can’t support all of their choices or actions. They find spiritual guidance to grow in their relationship with Christ, and community support from other members that helps them remember that they are not alone on this journey. To contact EnCourage in Cincinnati, email encourage@catholicaoc.org or Dayton at couragenorth@catholicaoc.org. For more information about Courage and EnCourage, please visit https://couragerc.org/about/.