Congratulations if you are newly engaged! Whether you will receive marriage prep here or elsewhere, and whether you plan to be married here or elsewhere, we are here to help and to support you to have the best possible marriage. See our Q&A sheet below for basic information, and fill out and email to us the following inquiry form, and we will get back with you soon.
(Getting Your Marriage Blessed in the Church)
Sometimes couples (in which at least one of the parties is Catholic) go through a civil or religious wedding ceremony without the blessing and authorization of the Catholic Church. If there are not obstacles, it is possible to have their civil marriage "blessed in the Church," so that it is fully recognized in the Catholic Church. If you find yourselves in this situation, please contact us. We will be glad to help guide you through getting your marriage blessed and recognized in the Church.
There are certain essential elements for a marriage to be valid. If one of these essential elements is lacking, the marriage can be declared null through the Church. If you are interested in inquiring into or applying for a declaration of nullity (an annulment), please see the following links, and contact us. We will be happy to guide you through the application process.
The following PDF is a collection of recommended resources for marriage, male and female understanding, communication, sexuality, parenting, and finances. Some of these resources are explicitly Catholic. Some come from a secular or evangelical Protestant perspective. These contain many valuable insights but should be also read with an informed Catholic faith that is able to sift out what occasionally might be lacking or not fully in concert with our faith.
Help for Difficult Marriages
Retrouvaille is a ministry for married couples who find themselves in difficulty or crisis. It has helped thousands of couples. For more information, call 215-766-3944 or 800-470-2230. You are also encouraged to visit the following website:
Healing and Support For Separated and Divorced Catholics
Divorce is painful. There is help and support for you. You are encouraged to visit the following webpage to find the help and support you seek.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far does the Lord remove our transgressions from us" (Ps 103:12). All who have had an abortion are invited to take the courageous step toward the Lord's forgiveness and healing. Don't hesitate to contact us. We encourage you also to visit the following webpage for the help you seek:
Same Sex Attraction
Courage International is an organization to support persons who struggle with same sext attraction and who are looking for help and support to live out faithfully, fully, and joyfully their Catholic faith. If you are looking for that support, you are encouraged to contact the local Courage Chaplain (Fr. Chris Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org / 215-587-4505) and to visit the following website: