Marriage Preparation Information

Marriage Preparation Information

The Diocese of Saint Cloud congratulates you on beginning your journey towards a sacramental marriage! 

Your desire for a Christ-centered marriage will nurture and strengthen you, as a couple, in your love for each other and God. The preparation you will receive will challenge you to grow in your relationship – spiritually, physically and emotionally. Each phase of your preparation is designed for you to take home skills and tools that develops a faith-filled, lifelong commitment.

The Marriage Preparation Course  is a requirement of all couples getting married in the Diocese of St. Cloud.  The presentations and topics for discussion include: Our Journey with God, Handling Conflict, Problem Solving, Adjustments in Marriage, Sexuality, Forgiveness, Natural Family Planning & Commitment.

Register early! 

2020 Marriage Course Dates, Information & Resources

Pastoral Center, St. Cloud location – only (price $175)

September 12 (Saturday only)

October 24 & 25

December 5 & 6


2021 Marriage Course Dates, Information & Resources

  • January 8 & 9
  • February 5 & 6

Pastoral Center, St. Cloud location – only (price $175)

Marriage Courses Outside of St Cloud

Marriage Course weekends in Perham or Sauk Centre

To register for one of these locations, complete the following steps:

• Download/print a registration form and fill out.
• Make payment payable to the parish.
• Mail (or drop off) the completed registration form and payment to the parish.

NOTE: Second marriage curriculum is not included.  Please register for a weekend in St. Cloud.

Please DO NOT REGISTER or PAY ONLINE for a marriage course in Perham or Sauk Centre.  Registration is by mail or in person only.

Dates & Locations

March 2021 (TBD) – Perham ($175)  (updated 10-14-19)

St. Henry’s Parish
234 SW 2nd Ave
Perham, MN  56378

March 2021 (TBD) – Sauk Centre ($175)

St. Paul’s Parish
304 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre  MN  56378

Marriage Preparation Retreats/Seminars outside the Diocese of St. Cloud:

Diocese of Bismarck

Diocese of Crookston

Diocese of Duluth

Diocese of Fargo

Diocese of New Ulm

Diocese of Winona

Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Catholic Engaged Encounter

2020 Second Marriage Course Dates, Information & Resources

The Second Marriage Preparation Course is for couples preparing to marry after the death of a spouse or an annulment. Marriage preparation must be completed at least three months before the date of the wedding celebration. It is recommended you complete the course well in advance (six months or more). Many couples take the course one year before their wedding.

  • March 28, 2020  (postponed, to be rescheduled)
  • October 10, 2020

2020 Hispanic/Latino Marriage Course Dates

Hispanic/Latino Marriage Course

The course is designed to prepare those entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony, either as beginning marriage or having their marriage blessed in the Catholic Church after a civil marriage.

The schedule of the Hispanic Marriage Preparation Course: Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The $ 110 fee includes  materials, food and noon meal.

  • Mayo 30, 2020
  • Noviembre 14, 2020


Directions and Location

The marriage course is held at the Pastoral Center located across the street from Cathedral High School.  You may park in the lot off of 4th Street North — a “Marriage Course” sign will  be posted at the entrance.  Directions to the Pastoral Center can be found here.

Cancellation Policy and Bad Weather

Cancellation Policy  

$50 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Marriage Course.

No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.

In case of an emergency, please call (320) 258-7616 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course.

Bad Weather

Inclement weather can occur anytime through the year.  We make every attempt to hold the course if at all possible.  We also want to ensure the safety of all who attend.  In case of bad weather,  we will do the following:

  • An e-mail notices (and/or phone calls) will be initiated approximately 12 to 24 hours prior to your scheduled weekend to inform you of a course cancellation or schedule change.
  • If there is no weather related message or contact, the course will go on as scheduled.
  • Please monitor your e-mails (or phone messages) frequently within this 24-hour period, especially during severe weather seasons and/or conditions!
  • If the weather conditions in your area are questionable and you are unable to travel, please leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course. Call 320-252-4721 (local calls) or 800-624-9019 (outside of the St. Cloud area) to determine if the course will be held or to leave a message.
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:45 AM and 1 to 4:30 PM.