“The goal of this preparation consists, in helping engaged couples to know and to live the reality of marriage as it is intended to be celebrated, so that it is possible to do so not only validly and lawfully, but also fruitfully, so that they are able to
make this celebration a stage of their journey of faith,”
– Pope Francis

 

Registration

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.

Marriage Preparation Process

You must meet with your priest and complete the parish form before attending the first session of Marriage Prep

The priest who is doing the interviews and paperwork has to sign a Parish form for couples (download form) to indicate that you may move forward in the marriage preparation process and do Marriage Prep. Bring the signed parish form to the first session of the course. For weddings taking place outside Vancouver, you may still need to contact a local priest as there are additional requirements and paperwork.

Register and Pay online

Complete Prepare/Enrich Online Relationship Assessment Tool

Prepare/Enrich is custom tailored to a couple’s relationship and provides couple exercises to build their relationship skills. It is a tool used to help couples identify, discuss and work through important relationship issues before they get married. It is a discussion instrument designed to optimize the marriage preparation process.

Participate in 5 sessions of the Marriage Preparation course

  • Why marry in the Church? Goals of a Christian marriage
  • Communication
  • God’s Plan for Marriage
  • Finance
  • Is there more to Life than this? Beyond the wedding day…

Please note that the format of sessions vary on the single weekend, Saturday and weekday evenings.

Attend a Fertility Health Awareness Seminar and a personal follow-up session with a certified teacher

Please read the “Guidelines for Marriage” 

 


Completion Report

Please note that we will send a Completion Report to your priest after you have completed ALL the above requirements. Our Office may waive a session or requirement in specific circumstances, as advised by the Pastor.

Important Information

  • Payment can be done online with credit card or by using a PayPal account. For registration by phone, please call 604-683-0281 ext 50222.
  • If only one is attending alone as the other is not in the city, please email mprep@rcav.org for payment info.
  • Registrations will close if the spots are filled and/or 72 hours before the start 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.
  • 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. Make-up sessions are strongly discouraged.
  • As we wish participants to be fully present to each other and to the presentations, no infants and children are permitted.
  • We understand if occasionally, couples may require time before resuming wedding plans. Refunds can be processed (minus a $10 administrative fee and pro-rated if applicable) should couples choose to cancel or withdraw from the course.
  • If Marriage Prep is retaken in the future, with the same or different person, we will consider a reduction of the future fee.

Weekday, 5-Evening Courses 2018

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jan 16
Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 13
FULL
St. Andrew Kim Parish
10222 – 161st St, Surrey
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Apr 19
Apr 26
May 3
May 10
May 17
Registration closed
St. Paul’s Parish
8251 St. Albans Rd, Richmond
Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
May 30
Jun 6
Jun 13
Jun 20
Jun 27
FULL
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sept 25
Oct 2
Oct 9
Oct 16
Oct 23
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Saturday, 3-Day Courses 2018

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jan 13
Jan 20
Jan 27
FULL
All Saints Parish
821 Fairfax St, Coquitlam, BC
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mar 3
Mar 10
Mar 17
FULL
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Apr 7
Apr 14
Apr 21
FULL
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jun 2
Jun 9
Jun 16
FULL
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jul 28
Aug 4
Aug 11
FULL
 
St Nicholas Parish
20675 – 87th Avenue, Langley
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sept 22
Sept 29
Oct 13
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John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Nov 17
Nov 24
Dec 1
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Fertility Health Awareness Seminar: (must pick one for registration to be complete)

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Saturday, Feb 3

FULL

St. Andrew Kim Parish
10222 – 161st St, Surrey
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb 27

FULL

 
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, Apr 10

FULL

All Saints Parish
821 Fairfax St, Coquitlam, BC
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Saturday, May 12

FULL

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
 Saturday, July 14

FULL

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Wednesday, September 12
St Nicholas Parish
20675 – 87th Avenue, Langley
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Saturday, October 20

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Saturday, December 8
 

 

Weekend, single weekend Courses 2018

The Marriage Preparation Weekend Course is solely for those couples whose circumstances do not permit them to do 3 Saturdays or 5 weeknights. If you believe this applies to your circumstance, then please use the link to the application form. A Fertility Health Awareness presentation is included in the weekend course.
John Paul II Pastoral Centre (Karol W. Hall)
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Saturday, Sunday
Sept 8-9, 2018
9:30 am – 4 pm

 

Civilly Married Couples

For couples who have been civilly married for around 5 years and more, and planning to marry in the Church, Marriage Encounter would be suitable. For those couples who are not civilly married, pastor’s permission is required. For more information: Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

  • July 20-22, Friday evening July 20 to Sunday afternoon July 22, 2018. Location: UBC Carey Centre, Vancouver, BC
  • October 26-28, Friday evening October 26 to Sunday afternoon October 28, 2018. Location: Little Flower Monastery, Deroche, BC

Couples would also:
1. Do a Prepare /Enrich relationship inventory
2. Attend Fertility Health Awareness (if still of childbearing age).

Questions?  mprep@rcav.org


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