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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.

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.

Rosary for Engaged Couples (developed for the Year of the Family)

Why do Catholics get married in the Church?
This short video gives a reason rooted in Christ and the couple.

"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 typically available in Maine.

All Saints Parish (Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Harpswell, Newcastle, Richmond)



Good Shepherd Parish (Biddeford, Lyman, Old Orchard, Saco)


Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes                                        



Prince of Peace (Auburn, Lewiston, Lisbon Falls) 




Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish (Grand Isle, Madawaska, St. David )


Sebago Lakes Region Parishes (Gorham, Westbrook, Windham)



St. Michael Parish, Augusta

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 the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 207-773-6471.