Catholic 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