Understanding Marriage Preparation in the Catholic Church
This page is intended to give basic information on marriage preparation in the Catholic Church. It cannot substitute for a conversation with a priest or deacon about your specific situation and needs, but it can provide you with a sense of the normal requirements and procedures in the Archdiocese of Denver. For more information on particular questions, check with your parish, or with the archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal or office of Marriage and Family Life.
In their pastoral plan on ministry with young adults, Sons and Daughters of the Light, the US Bishops said:
"Young adults approach the Church to be married for a number of reasons, including parental pressure, the desire to have a church wedding, or to reunite themselves with the Church. Regardless of why they come, the Church and its ministers need to welcome them as Christ welcomes them, with understanding, love, and acceptance, challenging them with the gospel message, and giving them hope that a lifelong commitment is possible."
We hope you experience this hospitality and welcoming throughout your marriage preparation process. It is in this spirit that we offer you this guide to Getting Married in the Catholic Church.