Marriage Preparation or pre-Cana programs are designed to provide quality time for you as a couple to listen, reflect and discuss the important aspects of Christian marriage. The programs offer practical advice and assistance to help you build a successful marriage. Various formats are available to fit the engaged couples’ schedules.

All of the programs used address:

  • communication and adjustments in marriage,
  • conflict resolution, money management,
  • understanding your family of origin,
  • sexuality and intimacy,
  • sacramentality and spirituality,
  • moral decision-making,
  • responsible family planning, stewardship and family goals.

Preparation Options:

The Preparing to Live in Love program, allows the engaged couple to meet with a married couple trained to mentor them on the preparation journey. This allows for flexibility often needed by today’s engaged. Engaged couples are able to register for mentoring online at PLLregistration.

Beginning to Live in Love is a large group application of the same content, materials, experiential exercises, practical skills, and inspirational witness offered in Preparing to Live in Love. This accelerated 4 session course is currently scheduled in different locations around the diocese. Any engaged couple may register online at BLLregistration.

The Engaged Encounter Retreat is a weekend away with other engaged couples which allows plenty of time alone as a couple to dialogue honestly and intensively about your prospective life together.

Engaged Encounter Weekends are held at Pope John Paul II Retreat Center in Vineland, NJ. All weekends begin promptly at 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, and close by 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. All meals and accommodations are included in the reservation fee.

Register for Engaged Encounter here