Marriage Preparation



Christian marriage “implies a response to God's vocation and the acceptance of the mission to be a sign of God's love for all the members of the human family, by partaking in the definitive covenant of Christ with the Church. Therefore, spouses become cooperators with the Creator and Savior in the gift of love and life. Hence Christian marriage preparation can be described as a journey of faith which does not end with the celebration of marriage but continues throughout family life.”  ~ Pontifical Council for the Family


Getting Started

Engaged Couples Guide
to Marriage Preparation 2014-2015





Must-Have Conversations


Marriage Unique for a Reason Website


Marriage - Sacrament & Vocation

The Living Sacrament: Marriage
     by Mother M. Angelica


The Sacrament of Matrimony
     Catechism of the Catholic Church

Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful LOVE

John Paul II, Love & Responsiblity


A Basic Theology of Marriage
     by Christopher West


Men, Women and the Mystery of Love
     by Edward Sri


Marriage: the Mystery of Faithful love
     by Alice Von Hildebrand


Sex, Love, and God: the Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism

      by Very Rev. Robert Barron

Prayer & Discernment

An Engaged Couple's Prayer

We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of each other’s feelings, and concerned for each other’s needs and desires. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love, especially during this preparation time. Reveal to us Your will for our vocations, and grant us the gift of discernment so that, in all things, our love may be fruitful for Your glory. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.  Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Our Lady, pray for us. Amen.

Who Me, Pray?...With Her?
     by Jim & Susan Vogt, MA, CFLE


Ignatian Prayer Time for Spouses (and Engaged Couples)


For more information on Prayer & Discernment CLICK HERE.

Media - Audio / Videos

The OMFRL Video Library has more than 20 short videos on marriage available online.  To begin viewing CLICK HERE.  To view a listing of descriptions of these videos, CLICK HERE.

A Surprise, A Pure Love Promise

Video by Jered and Jordan Schneider of lovebirdstudios.
lovebirdstudios is a husband and wife team wedding filmmakers based in St. Louis, MO

The Nature of Marriage
Fr. Jim Mason's talk on the Nature of Marriage: Asking the Right Question.

Marriage Prep in Our Diocese

Area Marriage Prep Programs:

Priests and others have generously volunteered their time and talents to lead a series of marriage preparation programs at various locations throughout the diocese to supplement the individual preparation received with the priest who is marrying the couple. (Click the City for detailed information.)




Sioux Falls



Engaged Encounter Weekends:

September 12-13, 2015  Sioux Falls

January 16-17  Brookings

February 13-14  Sioux Falls

March 19-20, 2016  Sioux Falls

April  23-24, 2016  Sioux Falls

May 14-15, 2016  Watertown

June 11-12, 2016  Sioux Falls


Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, giving you the privacy to talk honestly and intensively with each other.  For more EE information, please contact Bart and Barbara Workman at Registration forms must be mailed to: Engaged Encounter, Bart and Barbara Workman, 3800 S. Orchid Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, and cannot be submitted over the phone or by email.


EE 2015-2016 Registration Form

EE Website



Parish Marriage Preparation Resources and Forms:

For a full range of resources and forms to be used in marriage preparation by priests, deacons and marriage sponsor couples, CLICK HERE


FOCCUS Personal Inventory:

Diocesan marriage policy requires you to complete an evaluation of your relationship.  This evaluation is commonly referred to as a personal inventory.  The one primarily utilized in the Sioux Falls Diocese is FOCCUS. 

The priest or deacon preparing you for marriage will administer the inventory early on in your preparation.  To learn more about the FOCCUS Personal Inventory, CLICK HERE.

Living Together Before Marriage

Living Together
     by The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania


How Splitting Up Brought Them Together
     by Una McManus

Natural Family Planning
Your engagement is a great time to learn about and begin charting your fertility using Natural Family Planning.  To learn more CLICK HERE.
Recommended Books & CDs