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 in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
Diocesan Conference for the EngagedTwo separate programs: One is a single Saturday conference in Vienna, VA; The other takes place over three consecutive Thursdays in Woodbridge, VA.
Catholic Engaged EncounterFriday 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 (NFP) Methods & Resources
Marriage Enrichment Programs & Resources
Are You Ready to Get Married?
Cohabitation & the Catholic Church
Planning the Wedding Ceremony
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