“This is life, and we must face it in this way, with the courage of living it together.  Married life is beautiful, and must be protected.”   ~ Pope Francis

Marriage is a calling we receive from the Lord and a gift from God from the very beginning of creation.  Jesus elevated marriage to a sacrament in order that the good of spouses and the upbringing of children might be filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit and oriented toward salvation.

Celebrating Matrimony at St. John the Evangelist

Marriage preparation at St. John consists of several components designed to help you and your future spouse grow together and understand the Church’s teachings on marriage more fully so that you are both ready to enter into a Total, Free, Faithful, and Fruitful covenantal marriage on your wedding day. Our program, Witness to Love, includes choosing a mentor couple that you want to invite along this journey with you. You will meet once a month in the time leading up to the wedding day and learn to communicate, work on important virtues to have a happy marriage, and learn from a couple that has time, experience, and wisdom to offer. We include other steps in your journey toward your special day to ensure you feel cared for, supported, and fully ready to say yes to this beautiful sacrament.

These steps include:

  • Attending God’s Joy-Filled Marriage Retreat
  • Meeting with one of our priests for a personal conversation
  • Completion of a Natural Family Planning course
  • “A Lasting Promise” weekend
  • Completing FOCCUS inventory
  • Receiving an engagement blessing

Take a look at our Marriage Guidelines for more information and and at our helfpul tips for choosing a Mentor Couple.

To prepare for marriage at St. John’s, please contact Angel Koerkel or call the office to make an initial appointment.  As preparation times can vary, we strongly suggest that you not set any dates or place any deposits prior to meeting with us.