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


    Policies for Marriage Preparation

    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.      

    Marriage Enrichment EVENTS & Programs

    National Marriage Week is being observed from Feb. 7-14, 2017 with the theme “Let’s Strengthen Marriage.”

    All married couples are invited to attend the World Marriage Sunday Mass offered at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM. 

    Rev. Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General, will be celebrating the Mass and offer words of reflection for married couples. 

    Marriage Enrichment Programs & Resources