Catholic Family Services

Marriage Preparation

(Click here for a brochure about marriage preparation in our Diocese.)


Marriage Preparation Classes are hosted by the Catholic Family Services office and meet for three sessions on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings at different parishes throughout the diocese. The three-session class is offered four to five times throughout the year. Dates and locations are listed in the Marriage Preparation brochure. The classes offer engaged couples a more complete understanding of God's plan for marriage and human sexuality, introducing couples to the beauty of the Church's vision of marriage as proclaimed by Pope John Paul II in his Theology of the Body. The Decision to Love Marriage Preparation Workbook is integrated into the program. Session two includes a presentation by certified Natural Family Planning instructors as part of the Diocesan and USCCB marriage preparation requirements. To register for a three-session class or for more information, call Catholic Family Services at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306. 

Engaged Encounter is a weekend away with other engaged couples for your marriage preparation. It is designed to give couples planning to receive the Sacrament of Marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together  their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their role in the Church, society in a face-to-face way. An Engaged Encounter Weekend as you option for marriage preparation also fufills the USCCB and Diocesan requirement of an Introduction of Natural Family Planning. Dates and locations for weekends throughout New England and the United States can be found at: www.engagedencounter.org. The cost of the weekend varies by location and is pre-paid.  This includes two nights lodging and meals. Deadline for sign-up is one month before the weekend. 

Online Marriage Preparation is available at: www.catholicmarriageprep.com. Please contact the Catholic Family Services at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306, with your information if you choose the online marriage preparation option. 

Together In Love Program is located in specific parishes throughout the Diocese and affords the engaged couple the opportunity of meeting with one married couple, in their home, for four one-two hour sessions. Study materials are provided and includes God's Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage, Decision to Love Workbook and Diocesan requirement of an Introduction to Natural Family Planning. This program offers a chance to share and discuss on a couple-to-couple basis. Call Catholic Family Services at 860-848-2237, Ext. 306, for availability of this marriage preparation option in your area.