Lifelong Formation

Resources for Engaged Couples

Planning a Catholic Wedding
We are happy you have decided to marry in the Catholic Church and will be receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Planning a Catholic Marriage guide outlines the steps to follow to get married in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The name “PreCana” comes from the Wedding Feast at Cana, where Jesus performed his first public miracle, changing water into wine. “Pre” means before, so before your personal “Wedding Feast at Cana,” or your own wedding day, we help you prepare for the sacrament and start on your journey to a happy, healthy and holy lifelong marriage.

Premarital Inventory
A premarital inventory is a questionnaire based on scientific research and a Catholic understanding of marriage. Two options are available online for this inventory to be completed The Catholic Couple Check Up or FOCCUS. The results are available as soon as you finish, and you can discuss them together or with the priest or deacon preparing you for marriage. Please contact your parish for additional instructions.

Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP) teaches you to read and interpret signs of fertility and infertility to achieve, space or avoid a pregnancy. Thus, you will be able to strengthen your marriage and your family. Over the course of a Natural Family Planning class, you will learn how you can remain faithful to God’s plan for marriage with the only method of family planning morally acceptable to Catholic teaching. In-person and online classes are available. For more information, please call 312.534.8351.

Additional Resources
Visit Marriage Boosters for supplemental videos, downloadable resources, and worksheets on specialized topics for engaged couples, including cohabitation, children of divorce, forming a stepfamily, and second, military, interchurch and African American marriages.