Family Life Office

Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your decision to marry in the Catholic Church. We are pleased to take part of your sacramental marriage preparation. God bless you in these grace filled moments and know of our prayers as you embark together on this holy vocation

Our Diocesan Marriage Preparation Retreats help couples acquire a better understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony; allowing the couples to evaluate and strengthen their decision to live a sacramental marriage.

To better serve you, all our retreats are tailored to be beneficial to couples living in different circumstances. Please read through our various retreats available to ensure you are attending the retreat that is best suited for you. It is crucial that you attend the retreat that best conforms to your life circumstances.

Before registering to any of our retreats you should have:

• Gone to a parish and met with your Priest or marriage preparation minister to begin your marriage preparation process

• Obtained from your Priest or marriage preparation minister the recommendation to a specific retreat

You will be asked to give the name and contact information for this Priest or marriage preparation minister, and will not be able to complete registration without it.  Your Priest or marriage preparation minister may be asked to confirm his approval.

For any questions on any of our retreats, please contact the Family Life Office @ 956-784-5012.

Marriage Preparation Retreats

Catholic Engaged Encounter

Is best suited for engaged couples preparing for a Sacramental Marriage and

  • Have never been previously married
  •  Are NOT living together
  • Do not have children
  •  Are not expecting a child

(Friday evening – Sunday afternoon)

Cost: $280 per couple - includes room and board plus materials.


Retiro Pre Matrimonial
For Better and Forever Retreat
New Life Remarriage Retreat
Convalidation Conference

Marriage Preparation Videos

“The Family finds in the plan of God the creator and redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do.”

(Familiaris Consortio 1981, Pope John Paul II)