Marriage Preparation

“I take you to be my wife/husband.  I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.  I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”(Vow formula in the sacrament of Matrimony)

Congratulations on your recent engagement and decision to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage before Christ in the Catholic Church!   The Diocese of Providence strongly recommends that you participate in a Marriage Preparation Program as soon as you can; ideally six to eight months before your wedding. All parishes in the Diocese of Providence require couples to participate in the program to deepen their commitment to the Sacrament and obtain a deeper understanding of one’s partner.

Immediately upon setting a wedding date with your parish priest, please contact the Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment at 401.278.4576 to register for a program.

You may choose a program convenient for you relative to dates and the location.  Please know that enrollment size is limited.  Marriage Preparation programs are designed to be attended by couples only and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Information and Fees
Before mailing in your registration form, please contact the Marriage Preparation Office at 401-278-4576 for program availability and to obtain a reservation number.

Your canceled check is your confirmation of registration.  Please allow several weeks for your check to be processed.

Additional Helpful Information

Fees (Per Couple)

Parish Based Program………………………………$185.00
Programa de Preparación en Español………………$185.00
New Love, New Life Remarriage Program…………$150.00
Fees subsidize the costs of materials, facilities, refreshments and processing.  Limited amounts of scholarship funds are available for couples who are unable to pay the entire fee, and are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Marriage Preparation Office.

Special Needs:  We will attempt to make any accommodations possible, within the limits of our programs and/or facilities, for anyone who is physically challenged, visually, hearing or speech impaired or is learning disabled.

Refunds: Couples who call in advance to cancel will receive a full refund, which will be issued in the name of the person who sent payment for the program.

Rescheduling: May be done, in advance of a program, without an additional fee. Couples, who reschedule after their program has begun, may do so at a fee of $25.00.

Parish Based Programs (English & Spanish)

Given by a team of trained married couples and a priest or deacon, this program provides an opportunity for engaged couples to explore fundamental areas of love, marriage, and family life essential to a lasting Christian marriage.  Life experiences are presented for consideration to give couples a sense of the real process of understanding each other more deeply. Exercises complement the ideas presented, and help to stimulate dialogue.

Topics include: communication, family of origin, finance, personality, sacramentality, spirituality, a sexuality component which includes a brief overview of Natural Family Planning and a session about planning your wedding liturgy.

Fee (Per couple): $185.00
Before mailing in your registration form, please contact the Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment at 401.278.4576 for program availability and to obtain a reservation number.  Only registrations with a reservation number can be processed.

If you recently became engaged and are visiting this page to learn more about marriage in the Catholic Church, please accept our sincere congratulations.  Planning a wedding Mass is a special time in the life of a couple.  This section of the website was created to provide a wide breadth of information on getting married in the Church.

The Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment is part of the Secretariat for Catholic Education, Evangelization and provides training, support, and assistance to priests, deacons, religious, and lay persons in the development and setup of parish-based marriage preparation programs and Natural Family Planning (NFP) resources within the diocese. The office is located at 34 Fenner Street, Providence, RI, 02903 (lower level), 401.278.4576.

Marriage Preparation Resources

Contact Information
Deacon Stephen Cote, Coordinator
scote@dioceseofprovidence.org

Donna Warner, Administrative Assistant/ Natural Family Planning Coordinator
dwarner@dioceseofprovidence.org

34 Fenner Street
Providence, RI 02903
401.278.4576

Please visit the website for the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment at www.catholicmarriageri.org