Sacrament of Marriage

A comprehensive nine-month preparation program is required by the Phoenix Diocese to assist 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 one of the parish priests, wedding dates are chosen.

To begin the marriage preparation process, call the Parish Office at 480-488-2229.

Couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage need to follow the "Covenant of Love" process.

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

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