“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



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? Some marital topics
  • Communication
  • God’s Plan for Marriage
  • Prepare/Enrich Couples Report: general review
  • Couple’s Finance
  • Couple Testimony: a love and faith story

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 2019

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jan 7
Jan 14
Jan 21
Jan 28
Feb 4
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Mar 5
Mar 12
Mar 19
Mar 26
Apr 2
St Andrew Kim Parish
10222 161st Street, Surrey
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Apr 25
May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23


Saturday, 3-Day Courses 2019

All Saints Parish
821 Fairfax St, Coquitlam, BC
9:30 am – 2 pm
Jan 12
Jan 19
Jan 26
Canadian Martyrs Parish

5771 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC

9:00 am – 1:30pm

Mar 16
Mar 23
Mar 30


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, February 9, 2019

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Saturday, March 9, 2019

John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

St Andrew Kim Parish
10222 161st Street, Surrey
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Thursday, May 30, 2019


Weekend, single weekend Courses 

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
February 2-3, 2019
9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Civilly Married Couples

For couples who have been civilly married for around 3 years and more, and planning to marry in the Church, Marriage Encounter would be suitable. Couples would also:

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

For more information on what Marriage Encounter is about: www.wwme.org

For those couples who are not civilly married, pastor’s permission is required. Engaged Encounter is more suitable. Unfortunately this is not offered in Vancouver but it is offered in Calgary and Edmonton. ceewest.com

Questions on Marriage Encounter, contact Sharon Goh: 604 683 0281 (ext. 50214) / sgoh@rcav.org

Questions?  mprep@rcav.org

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