| Since the Sacrament of marriage involves the joining of two people in a special union, a couple planning to marry should:|
| Before contracting for your reception, contact the parish priest or deacon at least one year prior to the anticipated wedding date; and |
Attend a marriage preparation program. There are three parts to the program:
1) Time for instruction and discussion with a priest or deacon.
2) Pre-Cana Conference or Engaged Encounter Weekend.
3) Time with the parish Couples Sponsor Program.
By Diocesan Policy, at least one year is needed to complete the marriage requirements.
For more information, please visit the Marriage Preparation Page maintained by the Diocese of Wilmington