Effective March 1, 2016, in order to better serve you, registration is necessary for all Marriage Prep courses. You must meet with your Pastor before attending Marriage Prep. For weddings taking place outside Vancouver, you may still need to contact a local priest as there are additional requirements and paperwork.
All couples are advised to take a course at least 4 months before their intended wedding date. Non-Catholics are most welcome, as are couples not yet engaged, but exploring marriage. Registrations will close if the spots are filled and/or 72 hours before the start of the course. No drop-ins are permitted on the day of the course.
Courses may be cancelled if numbers are low in which case you will be duly notified and would have to register for another course. Please do not register a course close to your wedding date as there is a possibility of cancellation.
The fee is $260 per couple. Registration can be done online with credit card or by using a PayPal account. Registration by phone is accepted by Teresa Aere & Patricia Goldsmith at 604 683 0281.
For cheque payments, please make cheques payable to “The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver”. No cash payments are accepted.
We understand if occasionally, couples may require time before resuming wedding plans. Refunds can be processed (minus an administrative fee and pro-rated if applicable) should couples choose to cancel or withdraw from the course. Please print “ticket” as your “Confirmation of Registration” and bring it to the first session together with the signed Pastor’s Form. As we wish participants to fully be present to each other and the presentations, no infants and children are permitted.
Preparation Before The First Session
Upon registration, you will receive an email from us to do the Prepare/Enrich relationship online tool before coming to the first session. Read more below by clicking on Marriage Preparation Course Structure.
Couples once registered, must attend the first session and take sessions in sequence. There will be a $10 fee imposed for no show, save for emergency and extenuating circumstances. This will be in effect from September 2016. Make-up sessions are strongly discouraged, and limited to substituting a weekday for weekday, Saturday for Saturday only.
Changes in format of our Marriage Prep Courses in 2017: the Fertility Health Awareness session which has always been a part of Marriage prep continues to be part of the program but is hosted at specific dates/location to be picked separately.
From April 1, 2016, if Marriage Prep is retaken in the future, with the same or different person, we will consider a reduction of the future fee.