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Marriage Preparation Programs

Marriage preparation programs are designed for engaged couples who believe they are ready for marriage in the Church because they have a growing, positive relationship. The goal of these programs is to provide an opportunity for engaged couples to continue discovering practical ways to enhance their communication with one another and God.

Participation in a preparation program of at least six hours under the leadership of a priest with a lay couple team or a licensed counselor or social worker qualifies the couple for a discount on a marriage license in the state of Georgia.


A one-day or two-day pre-marriage preparation program led by trained married couples.

Pre-Cana Calendar

Pre-Cana is presented through short talks by the facilitators who share their own experiences, group exercises, and personal reflections. The program includes presentations on the following topics:

  • Sacrament of Marriage
  • Communication skills
  • Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Christian Family Values
  • Domestic Violence
  • Finances
  • Family of Origin
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Interfaith marriage
  • Parenting

Parish/Deanery Marriage Preparation 

These programs are offered by trained lay couple leaders and a priest. Most begin on Friday evening and end on Saturday afternoon.

Your Marriage is the Savannah Deanery Program designed for individuals marrying for the first time and is offered three times a year at St. James Church in Savannah by a team of volunteer couples and a deacon. It is given on a Friday evening and all day Saturday. A similar program is offered in several other parishes of the diocese.

Bodas Sencillas and Y Serán los Dos Unos are pre-marriage programs for Spanish-speaking couples offered in the parishes in Augusta, Metter, Tifton, and Warner Robins as retreat days or with sponsor couples.

Online Marriage Preparation

With marrying priest approval only. is for couples who have already started their wedding file with their home parish. The course consists of a total of nine assignments (worksheets) and costs $239. Couples go directly to the webpage to register for the course, which may take between one week and three months to complete.

At the end of the course, the couple's certificate of completion is uploaded onto their profile.


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