A vital step in preparing for your marriage is to talk with the priest or deacon, so you can lock in a date and a church for your ceremony and begin the immediate preparation needed for the sacrament of holy matrimony. Talk with him about the marriage preparation requirements and local possibilities. You may arrange to participate in a program at the parish or through another option recognized by the Diocese of Portland.
Below is a list of some of the parishes that offer marriage preparation programs. The programs are usually offered once a year, and the list is updated as information becomes available.
Are you a current member of the US military? Check out the website for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA to learn what they offer for marriage preparation.)
Rosary for Engaged Couples, including special prayers and meditations (developed for the Year of the Family)
Why do Catholics get married in the Church?
"Marriage consecrated by God preserves that bond between man and woman that God has blessed ever since the creation of the world." - Pope Francis
This short video gives a reason rooted in Christ and the couple.
Below is a list of some parishes that offer marriage preparation programs.
All Saints Parish
(Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Harpswell, Newcastle, Richmond)
Call the parish office at 207-725-2624
Good Shepherd Parish
(Biddeford, Lyman, Old Orchard, Saco)
Register Online: https://goodshepherdparish.us/marriage-preparation-registration
Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes
Contact: Carolyn Mitchell or call 207-773-7746, Ext. 110
Prince of Peace Parish
(Lewiston, Lisbon Falls, Sabattus)
Call (207)-777-1200 to register
Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish
(Grand Isle and Madawaska )
Held at Christian Life Center, 444 U.S. Route One, Frenchville,
Contact: Charles Collin
To register call the Main Office at (207)-728-7531
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
(Gorham, Westbrook, Windham)
Held at St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook
Contact: Kris Torrey or call 207-857-0490, Ext. 23
St. Michael Parish
(Augusta, Gardiner, Hallowell, Whitefield, Winthrop)
Online Marriage Preparation Programs
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 207-773-6471.