Couples wishing to be married should contact their parish priest or deacon at least six months before the desired wedding date. Readiness, theological preparation and marriage skills training are covered. Special preparation is required for couples in which one or both have been married before.
The preparation process typically includes Prepare-Enrich (a premarital inventory for couples) in addition to the couple attending a Pre-Cana (for couples who have never been married), a PREP (for couples who have never been married or who are re-marrying, or a Cana II (for re-marrying couples, often with children or stepchildren).
Our office also offers trainings to priests and parishes:
- Couple Ministry
Catholic Engaged Encounter is a comprehensive weekend of marriage preparation held 3 times a year at the St. Leonard Retreat Center, 4076 Case Road, Avon, Ohio 44011. Give your marriage a solid foundation by attending one of these weekends. It is a quiet weekend, designed to give a couple the opportunity to talk honestly and intensively about the day-to-day events they may face in their future together. For questions call Alex and Lily, 216-849-3769. Cost is $195 per couple. Visit their website for information and to register – www.clevelandencounter.com.
Dates for 2019:
- May 31-June 2
- August 16-18
For Your Marriage helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources. It is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to communicate the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. Visit their website today for marriage preparation and enrichment resources!
World Wide Marriage Encounter offers weekends to bring a husband and wife closer together. Get away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on each other and how to improve your marriage. You can find encounters all over the world and register for your own encounter on their website!
- January 18-20, in Highland Heights (day programs only, non-residential)
- February 15-17, in Hartville
Catholic Couple Checkup is an innovative and foundational tool for marriage and relationship enrichment which can be used alone, or in combination with enrichment books, seminars, or marriage retreats. It is a scientifically-based assessment that identifies relationship strengths and weaknesses across key relationship areas, including:
- Conflict Resolution
- Financial Management
- Relationship Roles
- Affection and Sexual Relationship
- Couple Closeness and Flexibility
- Family Closeness and Flexibility
Retrouvaille is a three-month program to help couples struggling in their marriages. It has three phases, starting with a weekend experience in which couples learn to re-establish communication and to gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Post sessions are held over a period of 6 weeks to further develop and enhance the techniques learned on the weekend. A support group is available offering interaction with other couples who are striving to improve their relationship. Retrouvaille of Cleveland weekends are held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Beachwood, Ohio. Contact Liz and Marce Gliha with questions at 440-357-6580 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information go to www.retrouvaille.org.
- January 25-27
- March 22-24
- September 27-29
Marriages of Grace is a North East Ohio based non-profit organization that strives to enrich and strengthen Catholic marriages in Jesus Christ. They host an annual Marriage Enrichment day which has been held since 2008. For more information call 440-570-1523 or visit their website.
Parish-based marriage enrichment programs: John & Terio Bosio maintain this website for Six Dates for Catholic Couples; The Beatitudes: A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy; and other books and programs designed to help Catholic parishes support married couples with programs grounded in our Catholic tradition. For more information visit their website, www.happy-together.net.