Marriage Preparation

A vital step in preparing for your marriage is to talk with the priest or deacon, so you can lock in a date and a church for your ceremony and begin the immediate preparation needed for the sacrament of holy matrimony. Talk with him about the marriage preparation requirements and local possibilities. You may arrange to participate in a program at the parish or through another option recognized by the Diocese of Portland.

Parishes most often offer marriage preparation programs once a year.. Some are in-person only, and others are completed fully or parially online. 

Are you a current member of the US military? Check out the website for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA to learn what they offer for marriage preparation.)

Rosary for Engaged Couples, including special prayers and meditations (developed for the Year of the Family)

Why do Catholics get married in the Church?

"Marriage consecrated by God preserves that bond between man and woman that God has blessed ever since the creation of the world." - Pope Francis

This short video gives a reason rooted in Christ and the couple.

Bishop Barron Video link












Online Marriage Preparation Programs

Preparing for Sacramental Marriage from Kathy & Steve Bierne, Portland ME

Transformed in Love Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Boston

Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago

Agape Catholic Ministries from Colorado Springs

If you have any questions, contact Hannah or Lori in the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 207-773-6471.