The Marriage, Family, and Respect Life Programs calendar provides a listing of available marriage preparation and enrichment programs in our diocese and in the surrounding dioceses including Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter weekends.
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 the marriage license in Georgia.
Pre-Cana is presented through short talks by the facilitators who share about their own experiences, group exercises and personal reflection. The program include presentations on the following topics:
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. Visit the Spanish Programs webpage for more information.
CatholicMarriagePrep.com 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 $195. 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.