Our Marriage Preparation weekends are very popular with couples who are engaged to be married in the Catholic Church. If you would like further information about the weekend please read on. You can also find out the answers to some general questions in our Marriage Preparation FAQs.
Please be sure to bring the following items with you to our marriage preparation weekends:
We will provide you with a notebook and pen on the weekend
The weekend typically ends with a closing Mass, between 3 and 4 pm on Sunday. In special or unusual circumstances we may change our schedule, but we will usually finish no later than 4 p.m.
It is very important that you stay for the entire weekend. If you arrive late or leave early you will miss important parts of the weekend experience, and we will not be able to give you your weekend certificate and letter verifying your attendance.
Yes, please observe a few basic rules:
No, we will not provide dinner on Friday, but there will be a small finger buffet set out for couples on arrival. On Saturday, we will server three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). On Sunday we will serve two meals (breakfast and lunch).
Dress for the entire weekend is casual. Please dress comfortably. While you are welcome to do so, there is no need to change for dinner or Mass.
All of our facilities prohibit smoking. You may, however, smoke in the designated area outside of the building.
No, marriage preparation weekends are designed to be intense so that you can spend as much concentrated time together as possible preparing for your marriage. You may find that we stay up later and get up earlier than you typically would on a weekend. Time permitting, we will have a break on Saturday afternoon.
Some elements of the marriage service may come up, but that is not the focus of the weekend. You can read more in our useful guide to planning your wedding service.
If you need to contact the centre because of an emergency, or if someone needs to get hold of you in an emergency we will provide contact numbers as part of your introduction & welcome package.