When:BEFORE you set a wedding date
After you become engaged, you should soon contact your parish to set up a meeting. During this initial meeting, your pastor will determine if you and your fiancé (e) are free to marry. He will also provide you with the information you need to complete Steps 2-6 of the marriage preparation process. Setting a schedule to complete the individual components during or shortly after this meeting is strongly advised.
After meeting with your pastor, you will complete a premarital inventory, comprised of a series of questions designed to assess each of your habits, expectations, and values. It will provide you with a personalized profile of your relationship's strengths and weaknesses. This inventory is an important starting point for couple discussion and to identify any areas that may need attention. The marriage inventory tools approved for the Archdiocese of Miami are:
The Archdiocese of Miami offers a variety of programs to prepare you for the Sacrament of Marriage. For information on the courses and to register for First Marriages Re-Marriage, Convalidation programs in English and Spanish courses, click here
Marriage Preparation Program Registration
To ensure you have the tools to plan your family effectively and in accord with God's plan for marriage, you will have the opportunity to learn about Natural Family Planning (NFP). The archdiocese has instructors available in a variety of NFP methods.
For information on the NFP Methods and contact information, click here
The Church invites all Catholics to prepare spiritually prior to their marriage by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This should be completed before the wedding, as necessary.
Four to six weeks before the wedding, you should meet with the priest that will be celebrating your wedding. Those working with you in your parish will help you prepare the liturgy of your wedding day.