ringsMarriage Preparation



Preparing to live the Sacrament of Marriage is important. It is the cornerstone for Catholic family life.

The Diocese provides these sessions on relationship skills and healthy married sexuality to complement your parish's sacramental ministry. After you meet with your parish leadership and complete the FOCCUS Inventory at your parish, be sure to check and plan with your pastor or pastoral leader about which programs will help you better prepare for living the Sacrament of Marriage. Download the Marriage Preparation Checklist for all that needs to be done to properly prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Sessions | Horarios

2017-2018 English

2017-2018 Weekend Retreat

2017-2018 Español

Re-Opening the Door

2017-2018 Brochure

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Natural Family Planning (NFP) is offered by trained instructors to complement the introductory info provided by your parish and the Diocese. See below

A Marriage in the Lord

"A Marriage in the Lord" is a two-part marriage preparation program:

Part I

One-day program (Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at locations throughout the Diocese of Green Bay.

By attending you will:

  • Explore the relationship skills to nurture a lifelong commitment.
  • Hear presentations from experienced married couples who lead discussion on living the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • Pre-registration is required.


$110. This includes continental breakfast, lunch and resource materials for Part I plus resource materials for Part II. | Pre-registration is required | Payment must be made in advance -- no payments will be accepted on the day of the event.

NOTE: Couples who cancel or re-schedule their date after registering will be charged a $10.00 service fee.

Part II

Two-hour session conducted by trained married NFP teacher couples held at a variety of times and places. Sessions are added throughout the year. Attendance is expected. The two parts of "A Marriage in the Lord" make a complete program.

By attending you will learn:

  • The Church's teachings about the Sacrament of Marriage and responsible parenthood including a healthy option for a lifetime of love called "Natural Family Planning."
  • Sessions are led by committed Catholic married couples who will share scientific and medical research, personal stories, prayer and locally available resources.
  • Pre-registration is required.

Sessions can be taken in any order (for example, Part II before Part I).

Weekend Retreat

Complete Marriage Prep Program Part 1 and Part 2 in one weekend while enjoying some relaxing time with your future spouse.

Nuestro Matrimonio en El Senor

Retiro pre-matrimonial para parejas de habla Hispana que ya están casados o tienen la intención de casarse. Las parejas se reunirán desde las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m. El costo es de $80. Las parejas deben registrarse en la parroquia.

Re-Opening the Door to Marriage

"Re-Opening the Door to Marriage" is a special marriage preparation retreat for couples who plan to marry in the Catholic Church after an annulment, after the death of a spouse, or who are currently civilly married and are now seeking the Sacrament of Marriage. The retreat day will be tailored to the unique issues of the couples, such as financial health, finding each other's strengths, raising stepchildren, communication styles, and more.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | St. John the Baptist, Green Bay (Howard) | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marriage Preparation 2017-2018 Brochure

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2017-2018 A Marriage in the Lord Schedule

Online Option

If you are separated by distance, have challenging schedules or have limited alternatives, an online option is available at: https://greenbay.advancedministries.com. This is an approved marriage preparation option using the same materials used in "A Marriage in the Lord." This online option satisfies both Part I and II of our program.

Online Option for Hearing Impaired

An online option for the hearing impaired is now available at: http://catholicmarriageprepclass.com/couples/captioned-videos

Online Option for Spanish-speaking Couples

An online option for Spanish speaking couples is available at: http://preparacionmatrimonialcatolica.com

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please contact our office immediately at (920) 272-8291 if you are unable to attend your scheduled marriage prep class.

NOTE: Couples who cancel or re-schedule their date after registering will be charged a $10.00 service fee.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

A brief overview of NFP is presented at the day-long sessions. More individualized instruction is offered by trained certified instructors who teach a variety of methods for effectively planning your family in accord with God's plan for marriage. We even devote an entire website, Our Natural Family, to answering your questions and helping you plan your future.

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Our Natural Family

Our Natural FamilyDiocese of Green Bay helps families improve their lives by educating them about the benefits of Natural Family Planning and connecting them with certified, dynamic teachers who will help mentor them in its successful practice.