Sacrament of Marriage

This comprehensive nine-month preparation program is required by the Diocese of Phoenix and assists couples who are called by God to the Sacrament of Matrimony. Prayerful preparation, discernment, discussion and learning about oneself and one another is integral and essential to the process. After an initial meeting with Deacon Dan Doheny, a wedding date is chosen.

Step 1: To start the process, contact Deacon Dan Doheny at 630-235-5123 or

Step 2: Review requirements of Sacramental Marriage preparation with Deacon Dan Doheny.  After the interview process, Deacon will clear you to confirm a date for your wedding.

Step 3: Begin the Diocese of Phoenix Marriage Preparation program to include:

  1. Marriage Preparation Inventory
  2. Married Life Skills Workshop
  3. God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
  4. Natural Family Planning Instruction
  5. Sacrament of Reconciliation

Step 4:  Our Lady of Joy staff will provide you with planning documents and all details will be finalized approximately 30 days prior to your selected wedding date.