Marriage Preparation | Preparación Matrimonial

Contact & Staff

Director of Intercultural
and Marriage Ministries

Deacon Enrique Castro
573.635.9127, ext. 250
573.680.3650

Administrative Assistant
Jamie Schulte
573.635.9127, ext. 226


Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-14

Preparing for a great marriage

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a covenant, a contract and a bond between a man and a woman that forms a partnership for life.  The marriage bond is a unique and exclusive relationship between husband and wife for the sanctification of the couple and for the procreation and Christ-centered nurturing of children in a family.

The family, with its foundation in marriage, is a fundamental unit of the Church. Marriage is also a basic social institution of human society. Marital love is at the service of the couple, the children, the community, and of the world.  Because of its timeless importance, the Church teachers that marriage between two baptized Christians is a sacrament, a source of grace and a sign of God’s love for the world.

Every sacrament needs preparation for its fruitful celebration. The Church wants to ensure that those entering the life-long commitment of marriage are adequately prepared for the riches and the responsibilities that are intrinsic to it. This is why the Diocese of Jefferson City has a policy for marriage preparation. It is not to make the couple “check the boxes” or “jump through hoops.” In her efforts of remote, proximate and immediate preparation, the Church is not trying to make it more difficult to get married, but rather provide the best opportunity for equipping the couple to live a shared life of love, compassion and nurturing grace.

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Preparándose para un buen matrimonio

La Iglesia Católica enseña que el matrimonio es una alianza, un contrato y un vínculo entre un hombre y una mujer que forma una unión de por vida.  El vínculo matrimonial es una relación única y exclusiva entre marido y mujer para la santificación de la pareja y para la procreación y la crianza de los hijos en una familia que tiene como centro a Cristo.

La familia, con su fundamento en el matrimonio, es una unidad fundamental de la Iglesia. El matrimonio es también una institución social básica de la sociedad humana. El amor conyugal está al servicio de la pareja, de los hijos, de la comunidad y del mundo.  Por su elemento eterno, la Iglesia enseña que el matrimonio entre dos cristianos bautizados es un sacramento, una fuente de gracia y un signo del amor de Dios por el mundo.

Todo sacramento necesita preparación para su fructífera celebración. La Iglesia quiere asegurarse de que aquellos que contraen el compromiso del matrimonio de por vida estén adecuadamente preparados para recibir las riquezas y cumplir las responsabilidades intrínsecas a este. Es por eso que la Diócesis de Jefferson City tiene una política para la preparación matrimonial. Esto no es para que la pareja simplemente tenga que “cumplir los requisitos” o para que haga cosas innecesarias.  En sus esfuerzos de preparación remota, próxima e inmediata, la Iglesia no está tratando de hacer más difícil el matrimonio, sino de brindar la mejor oportunidad para equipar a la pareja para que compartan una vida de amor, compasión y gracia que nutra.

Marriage preparation during a pandemic

Due to COVID-19 diocesan regulations, a number of events are being canceled. This may affect the way we handle marriage preparation within the coming months, especially for those couples who were planning to attend a conference or a retreat as part of their marriage preparation.

Marriage Inventories

Pre-Marriage Inventory © is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage, and who become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators.

 Prepare/Enrich provides training for premarital counseling, coaching, and education, investments in your couples' futures.