marriage preparation


    Engaged parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington must initiate marriage preparation with their parish priest at least SIX MONTHS prior to the intended wedding date.  Please see Policies below for full details.  Engaged couples are required to attend a Pre-Cana conference.


    "Marriage is a feast – a Christian feast, not a worldly feast…some are more preoccupied with the exterior signs, with the banquet, the photographs, the clothes and the flowers…These are very important things in a feast, but only if they are able to show the true motive of your joy: the blessing of the Lord on your love." – Pope Francis, St. Peter's Square, 14 February 2014

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington



    Policies for Marriage Preparation in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.


    Pre-Cana Conferences

    Diocesan  Conference for the Engaged
    Two separate programs:  One is a single Saturday conference in Vienna, VA; The other takes place over three consecutive Thursdays in Woodbridge, VA.

    Catholic Engaged Encounter
    Friday evening through Sunday conference in Herndon, VA.

    Three to Get Married

    Thursday evening plus  Friday evening through Sunday retreat in Bethesda, MD.


    natural family planNING


    Natural Family Planning (NFP) Methods & Resources


    marriage enrichment


    Marriage Enrichment Programs & Resources


    Useful links & info


    Are You Ready to Get Married?

    Cohabitation & the Catholic Church

    Planning the Wedding Ceremony

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