“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601
Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Curè d’Ars and the Archdiocese of Denver offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
All parish marriage preparation is done in accordance with the standards of the Archdiocese of Denver. It is necessary for couples to contact the parish at least ten months in advance of any planned wedding date.