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Marriage Preparation Programs

While a marriage preparation program is a requirement to be married in the Catholic Church, it is also an opportunity for you and your fiancé(e) to grow in your commitment to one another as you journey into married life. In the Archdiocese of Edmonton the normal expectation is that you and your fiancé(e) will participate together in a parish-based program through your own parish (searchable at and Mass Times).

If your parish does not offer a program, or does not offer one that meets your own particular circumstances, they will refer you to another local parish or to another approved program. It is important to note that these programs are often in very high demand, and, as a result, you are encouraged to plan your course and register as soon as possible.

While you can expect the same content from each program, your parish, like any other in the list below, will conduct these programs according to their own pastoral plan; in some cases they will run their course over a weekend, and in others over two or three consecutive weekends, or through a series of evening sessions over the course of several weeks.  If your parish does not offer a marriage preparation program and your pastor has referred you to this site, you are encouraged to find a program that meets your particular needs

Finally, there is normally a cost associated with each program. These costs are administered by the local parish to recover the costs associated with running the program, including your resource materials, licensing for certain programs, facilitators and speakers, and hospitality.

Parish-Based Programs

For a detailed list of parish-based Marriage Prep programs, please visit:

Edmonton Catholic Engaged Encounter: Edmonton Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend live-in marriage preparation program offered at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. For more information visit or call 780-466-0090.

Red Deer Catholic Engaged Encounter: Red Deer Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend marriage preparation program offered at Montfort Centre, 5210 - 61 Street, Red Deer, Alberta. For more information visit

Online Marriage Preparation

This program is only available for those for whom no in-person option is possible, and after consultation with the local pastor. This program is a distance education course that takes 4-6 weeks to complete. You must have access to the internet to complete the modules required. You will be able to register online after having discussed your situation with the priest. For more information click Contact Us and select Life and Family.

If you do not reside within the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton boundaries you will need to contact your own diocese for marriage preparation through your local parish and diocese.