While a marriage preparation course is a requirement to be married in the Catholic Church, it is also an opportunity for you and your fiancé(e) to grow in your commitment to one another as you journey into married life. In the Archdiocese of Edmonton the normal expectation is that you and your fiancé(e) will participate together in a parish-based program through your own parish (searchable at www.caedm.ca/Parishes and MassTimes).
If your parish does not offer a program, or does not offer one that meets your own particular circumstances, they will refer you to another local parish or to another approved program. It is important to note that these programs are often in very high demand, and, as a result, you are encouraged to plan your course and register as soon as possible.
While you can expect the same content from each program, your parish, like any other in the list below, will conduct these programs according to their own pastoral plan; in some cases they will run their course over a weekend, and in others over two or three consecutive weekends, or through a series of evening sessions over the course of several weeks. If your parish does not offer a marriage preparation program and your pastor has referred you to this site, you are encouraged to find a program that meets your particular needs
Finally, there is normally a cost associated with each program. These costs are administered by the local parish to recover the costs associated with running the program, including your resource materials, licensing for certain programs, facilitators and speakers, and hospitality.
Below is a list of parishes that offer marriage preparation programs.
To find specific details such as dates and cost, please call the parish
or visit the parish website.
Click on the sign to view lists of parishes by deanery (region).