For the Engaged

Preparing for Marriage in the Diocese of Buffalo

Congratulations!  The Church joyfully anticipates the opportunity to celebrate with you this life-changing Sacrament that, as St. Paul tells us, is the image of Christ's love for His Church!

Your first step is to contact your local parish priest or deacon at least 8 to 12 months before the wedding to work out a plan to prepare for your marriage in the Church.  Your parish priest or deacon will know which resources are available to you and will recommend the best possible marriage preparation given your particular circumstances.  Once you have spoken with your Priest or Deacon, you can use the links below to register for a program. 

Marriage Preparation experiences provide the opportunity to grow together in understanding of the sacramental nature of grace in marriage through interactions with trained team couples on topics such as communication, intimacy, everyday living, finances in daily life, while engaging you in sharing privately with your future spouse around these topics.  Each marriage preparation experience offers unique aspects all designed to provide you and your future spouse with an affirming and enriching program.  You will receive your Marriage Preparation Certificate at the conclusion of your program.

Any ONE of the following marriage preparation programs satisfies the requirements for marriage preparation for the Diocese of Buffalo.

Parish/Vicariate Programs

Individual parishes or groups of parishes in particular regions may have a marriage preparation process utilizing a variety of resources and different formats.  This is generally the most preferred model for preparation for marriage.  Your parish priest or deacon will be able to connect you with this option if it is available in your parish/area.

Diocesan One-Day Preparation Program

Journey Into Love is a diocesan full day program that uses presentations offered by trained married couple teams.  Engaged couples use various communication exercises focusing the areas of dynamics of effective communication, intimacy, sacramental commitment, natural family planning, financial planning and serious issues that can cause marital stress. Sessions are generally scheduled once a month on a Saturday or Sunday at a variety of locations across the diocese. Registration is limited for each session and cut off for registration closes on the Friday one week prior to the date of the session. Program includes a continental breakfast, lunch,  and program materials. Cost is $150.00 a couple. PRE-Registration IS REQUIRED for this program  and is available online through the links below. NO ONSITE REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED. Cancellations must be made by 9:00am on the Wednesday(3 business days) prior to the scheduled session to be eligible for a refund, minus processing fee.

 2019-2020 Journey Into Love  

 Dates for 2019-2020

All Sessions at

D’Youville College
College Center
Corner of Fargo & Porter Avenues
Buffalo, NY 14201


Sunday, September 15

Sunday, October 20

Saturday, November 9


Saturday, January 11

Sunday, February 9 (Session Full)

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, April 19

Saturday, May 9

Register online for an upcoming Journey Into Love event.



Living our Faith in Love, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved online Marriage Preparation Program.

Are you separated by distance? Facing challenging schedules? Online, on-demand Catholic marriage preparation is an available option in situations like these and others.

This online program includes a premarital inventory (Catholic Couple Checkup), NFP Life - an introduction to Natural Family Planning, His and Hers downloadable discussion guides, and more.

The course also offers captioning in English and Spanish, perfect for those who are hard of hearing or if English is their second language.

To register and receive immediate access, go to:

Spanish Course - Español Preparación Matrimonial Católica 

Marriage Preparation:

This version of the course provides the same engaging marriage prep experience to those whose primary language is Spanish.

Esta versión del curso brinda la misma experiencia de una atractiva preparación matrimonial para aquellos cuyo idioma principal es el español


CANA II is a marriage preparation program designed for couples where at least one person was previously married and who are now free to marry again by reason of a Church annulment or death of one's spouse. This peer ministry program is given by a trained remarriage team primarily on a couple to couple basis . The resource utilized "A Redeemed State" deals with critical issues that include step-parenting, multiple sets of in-laws, and the challenges of blending families. Registration completed on an individual basis by contacting the Office of Sacramental & Family Life

REGARDING THE PLACE OF MARRIAGE: In accord with the custom of the Diocese of Buffalo, Catholic weddings are to be celebrated primarily in parish churches. Since the parish church is the "spiritual home" of the family of God, where life-giving sacraments are normally celebrated and since the parish is the heart of sacramental life and ministry, weddings in gardens, parks, beaches, and hotels are prohibited. Also, weddings in high school chapels, religious houses and oratories that are not attached to a parish are not permitted.


For Your Marriage:  The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides helpful articles and resources for engaged couples planning for their marriage and their wedding day.

Together for Life Getting married and staying married can be quite a challenge! Together for Life Online was developed as a community of engaged couples, married couples, and ministers to help build strong, life-long marriages with God.