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.
Below is a list of current marriage preparation options in Maine.The programs are usually offered once a year and the list is updated as information becomes available. Contact the person listed to get more information and to register. When multiple dates are listed, couples attend all sessions in order to complete the preparation program.
Are you a current member of the US military? Check out the website for Archdiocese for the Military Services USA to learn what they offer for marriage preparation.
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"Marriage consecrated by God preserves that bond between man and woman that God has blessed ever since the creation of the world." - Pope Francis
Please see the list below for parish Catholic marriage preparation options available in Maine. They are listed chronologically. A printable, alphabetical list is also available here
St. Maximillian Kolbe (Scarborough)
Sundays: September 8 - October 20, 2019
St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish Hall
Contact: Lesley Hurley
All Saints Parish (Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Harpswell, Newcastle, Richmond)
Weekend of February 21-22, 2020
First session (February 21): 6:30-9 PM
Final session (February 22): 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick
To register call the Church Office at (207)-725-2624
Good Shepherd Parish (Biddeford, Lyman, Old Orchard, Saco)
Five consecutive Saturdays
February 29-March 28
First four sessions (February 29-March 21): 9:00am-noon
Final Session (March 28): 1pm-7:30pm
Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco
Contact: Josh Houde or call 207-282-4812, Ext. 116
Register On-line: https://goodshepherdparish.us/marriage-preparation-registration
Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes
Contact: Carolyn Mitchell or call 207-773-7746, Ext. 110
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish (Grand Isle, Madawaska, St. David )
Weekend of March 6-8, 2020
Christian Life Center, 444 U.S. Route One, Frenchville,
Contact: Charles Collin
To register call the Main Office at (207)-728-7531
St. John Vianney Parish (Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Saint Francis, Wallagrass)
Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28
4 (beginning with Mass) -8 pm
St. Louis Church Basement
Contact: Deacon Luis Sanclamente & Julie Sanclamente or call 207-834-5656
Sebago Lakes Region Parishes (Gorham, Westbrook, Windham)
Five Consecutive Wednesdays: May 13-June 10, 2020
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Dinner is included.
Couples attend all sessions.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook
Contact: Kris Torrey or call 207-857-0490, Ext. 23
St. Michael Parish, Augusta
Online Marriage Preparation Programs
Preparing for Sacramental Marriage from Kathy & Steve Bierne, Portland ME
Catholic Marriage Preparation from the Archdiocese of Chicago
Agape Catholic Ministries from Colorado Springs
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 207-773-6471.