Lifelong Formation


PreCana classes cover topics that help you sustain a happy, healthy, and holy marriage. You can register here or click to learn about PreCana Online, a digital option to fulfill PreCana requirements.

How it Works

Typically conducted in-person, PreCana is a one day Saturday class led by a trained married couple, held at a variety of parishes in the Chicago area. Through short talks, sharing of the facilitators' own experiences of their marriage and faith growth, group exercises and personal worksheets and reflection, engaged couples are guided through topics considered important and useful for a successful marriage.

Class starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., with a one hour lunch break. You can either go out for lunch or bring it with you.

What’s Covered

Some of the topics presented are: The Sacrament of Matrimony, Natural Family Planning, growth in faith, the changing nature of marriage, couple adjustment, mutual decision-making, the elements of effective communication, conflict management, intimacy and sexual expression, financial planning, goal setting, the extended family, Theology of the Body, stewardship, the Church, how to pray as a couple, and where to find help and counseling for marriage.

Costs and Documentation

You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the day. This fulfills the Catholic marriage preparation requirement in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The cost is $195 per couple.

After PreCana

After you take the class you will receive a monthly newsletter with articles and information helpful for couples in the first year of marriage.

You also have access to supplemental videos on specialized topics that may be appropriate for your unique marriage preparation, such as cohabitation, children of divorce, forming a stepfamily; as well as second, military, interchurch, and African American marriages. There are downloadable resources and worksheets available as well. Watch them here.

What couples say about PreCana

The presenters were outstanding! They really did an amazing job going through the day’s issues. Very engaging speakers.Provided real examples.

I liked when the presenters spoke about praying together and how this is a decision and choice. How important it is to show and live the faith every day.

I liked the way they shared stories about feeling God’s presence and the power of prayer, especially praying together with your spouse.

The presenters were a wonderful example of a marriage that works.

It was filled with examples to take to heart.

Lots of energy; everything flowed and nothing was boring.

Articles | Resources

  • FAQs - Frequently asked questions about getting married and PreCana. (Link)