For the Engaged

Preparing for Marriage in the Diocese of Buffalo

We, the members of the Catholic community wish to congratulate you on your decision to be married in the Church. 

Christian marriage is a gift and calling. Marriage is a challenge but the call to grow together in love is ever present. Know you are held in thought and prayer.

We are happy to assist you in your personal preparations for the Sacrament of Marriage.  Please refer to the following brochure.  Click here for the Guidelines for Engaged Couples.

Pre-cana experiences generally include prayer, presentations by trained team couples on various topics such as communication, intimacy, everyday living, sacrament of marriage, finances in daily life and more.  Opportunity for you to share privately with your future spouse is provided.  Each pre-cana offers unique aspects all designed to provide you and your future spouse with an affirming and enriching program.  You will receive your pre-Cana Certificate at the conclusion of your program.

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

Journey Into Love is a diocesan one day program that uses presentations offered by trained married couple teams.  Engaged couples use various communication exercises focusing on such areas as dynamics of effective communication: intimacy; sacramental commitment, natural family planning and serious issues that can cause marital roadblocks. Program includes a continental breakfast, lunch, program materials and prayer. Cost is $150.00 a couple no matter the location. 

Registration for all Journey into Love programs no matter the location is done through the Family Life Office.

One Journey Into Love marriage preparation program is available in Allegany, New York:

  •   St. Bonaventure Parish,  95 East Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706.  To register call 716 847-2210.    May 6, 2017 - Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Journey Into Love Program dates will be available in the fall of 2016 at D'Youville College, 329 Porter Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201 .

  • September 11,  2016 - Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • October 16, 2016 - Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • November 13, 2016 - Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • December 10, 2016 - Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


  • January 8, 2017 -Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • February 11, 2017 - Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • March 25, 2017 - Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • April 23, 2017 - Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Journey Into Love Program dates at Christ the King Seminary711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY  14052. 

  • July 17, 2016 - Sunday 8:30 am to 3:30       
  • August 13, 2016 - Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm 


  • May 21, 2017 - Sunday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • June 17, 2017 - Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • July 22, 2017 - Saturday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • August 20, 2017 - Sunday 8:30:00 am to 3:30 pm

For more information and to register for any of the above pre-Cana day programs call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail us at Click here for the For Your Diocesan Marriage Preparation brochure

A helpful guide to planning your Wedding liturgy, visit

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.  Go to this user friendly website

Resources for couples unable to attend traditional marriage preparation classes are available.

Catholic Marriage Preparation on-line resources are available to couples who cannot attend traditional programs.  These programs allow flexibility for couples with difficult work schedules or for those who live in different states or countries.

Online Catholic Marriage Prep Class was developed by the Family Ministries Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago in collaboration with The Marriage Group specifically targeting couples separated by distance.  The program is available 24/7 365 days a year, includes the Catholic Couple Check up premarital inventory and other resources.  An interactive on-line program with topics that include:  Communication, Conflict Management, Marriage as a Sacrament, Sexuality & Intimacy, Children, and other relationship education issues.  Full program cost is $195.00.  Couples receive their pre-Cana certificate upon completion of the program.  For information and or registration call 1-855-773-2262 or visit:

Catholic Marriage Preparation, Inc.  founded by Christian and Christine Meert.  This marriage preparation program is currently translated and available in French and Spanish as well as in English.  Cost is $165.  Subject matter covered:  God's plan for humanity, the Sacrament of Matrimony, Natural Family Planning, Theology of the Body, the Rite of Marriage, and other relationship issues.  Couples receive their pre-Cana certificate upon satisfactory completion.  Visit for more information or call 1-719-471-9702.

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 your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail us at

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.