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: Contact Sheila Drumm in the Parish Office who will assist you in beginning the process: 480-346-3045 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.

A Message from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Congratulations on being called to the Sacrament of Marriage! Marriage is the center of Catholic family life and the vocation through which most people live out their baptismal commitment. Cultural influences today can work against personal development for healthy Christian marriage and a lifetime commitment. Society expects marriages to fail, but the Catholic Church wants yours to succeed. The Canon Law of the Catholic Church calls every diocese to prepare couples as well as possible for entering and living out the sacrament of marriage. Among the key elements of effective and successful marriage preparation are an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as individuals and as a couple, followed by a strong educational program. I believe our diocesan marriage preparation program, the steps of which are outlined on this site, will provide you with the spiritual resources and practical tools you need for a strong and healthy marriage, not only as newlyweds, but for a lifetime.

Yours In Christ,
Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix