Marriage Preparation

"In our own time,
in a world often alien and even hostile to faith,
believing families are of primary importance
as centers of living, radiant faith.
For this reason the Second Vatican Council
using an ancient expression, calls the family
the Ecclesia domestica (the Domestic Church)."  

(Lumen Gentium, 11)

Congratulations on your engagement!  Your time of engagement is an exciting time for you with many details to consider.  Of utmost importance is the opportunity to prepare yourself to receive this most wonderful and beautiful sacrament in the Catholic Church.  The first step is to contact your local parish and meet with the pastor to go over marriage preparation components and to answer your questions.  Please begin this process at least 9-12 months in advance of your planned wedding date.


Listed below are items pertaining to engaged couples desiring to be married in the Catholic Church within the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Included is the part of the Marriage Preparation Policy listing the the seven components for you to review regarding to the mariage preparation process.  There is also a Checklist for Engaged Couples to help you in the process. 


Click here to read the pages of the Marriage Preparation Policy explaing the seven components:  


Click here to review the Checklist for Engaged Couples:     



Click here to read the Bishop Vasa's "Decree" of the updated Marriage Preparation Policy:    


Click here to read the entire updated Marriage Preparation Policy:  

   /sites/default/files/files/FamilyLife/MarrPrep%20Policy%20-%20Read%20Only.pdf  This is one of the Marriage Formation Program options as listed in the Marriage Preparation Policy.  It is an on-line program.


An additional resource in Marriage Preparation:

For Your Marriage is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with resources for couples who are at all stages of relationship: dating, engaged, and married. It is designed to assist Catholic couples prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony and provide information for married couples on Catholic parenting, co-parenting, entering second marriages, and many other relational situations.