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Matrimony Preparation

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. This is a time of great joy! We know that you must be nervous so we would like to help you be very well prepared. We hope to be able to answer any questions as you begin your preparation.

As you know, marriage is a sacrament and is, therefore, a great concern of the Church. The Sacrament of Marriage provides the necessary grace to couples to make their marriage last a life time. You will find that your married life goes through many stages. We hope to prepare you for each of these stages.

In the Diocese of Gaylord the regulations stipulate that a couple is to arrange an appointment with their pastor/parish life coordinator at least six months in advance. The pastor/parish life coordinator will have brochures for registration to the diocesan Pre-Marriage Sessions. At this meeting, the pastor will consult forms provided by the diocesan tribunal which indicate whether or not dispensations are required. If dispensations are needed, more time may be required. Marriage preparation should begin as soon as the couple have met with the pastor/parish life coordinator.

In total, the Diocese of Gaylord requires couples to fulfill a total of six modules, covering a variety of areas:

  1. Initial Meeting with your Priest (please schedule ASAP)
  2. Theology Series
  3. Communication and Conflict Resolution
  4. Finances and Divine Providence
  5. Chastity within Marriage
  6. Ceremony Meeting with your Priest

Matrimony Preparation Sessions

The Diocese of Gaylord is pleased to introduce the new format for Marriage Preparation and Enrichment. All sessions will be held at the Augustine Center Retreat House in Conway. With the exception of the Modules that need to be reviewed with their Pastor, the retreat option will cover all other Modules needed for completion of the Matrimony Preparation classes. 


February 8th (Saturday) thru February 9th (Sunday), 2020 
Sessions begin at 9:00 am (Sat) and conclude at 12:00 pm (Sun)   

August 15th (Saturday) thru August 16th (Sunday). 2020
Sessions begin at 9:00 am (Sat) and conclude at 12:00 pm (Sun) 

COST: $ 150 per couple (includes rooms and meals)

Registration forms may be found below, or at any parish office in the Diocese of Gaylord

Module 4: Finances and Divine Providence

For more information on Module 4: Finances and Divine Providence, contact your parish or Seth Peters at 989.732.5147 or via email at

Were you in a previous marriage?

If either one of you has been in a previous marriage, please consult the Tribunal Offices.