Marriage Preparation

Area Marriage Preparation Classes

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. Various speakers will present on topics such as communication, intimacy, finances, family dynamics and prayer as couple in order deepen conversations between you and fiance. These programs are available in Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Vermillion. For a full listing of classes and contacts, CLICK HERE.

Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, giving you, as a couple, the privacy to talk honestly and intensively with each other. We use a dynamic process based on listening, writing, and dialogue. The process encourages you to concentrate on your relationship. Couples of all ages find Catholic Engaged Encounter a rewarding experience.  For more information or questions about Catholic Engaged Encounter please contact Bart and Barbara Workman at esdcee@gmail.com.

Upcoming Engaged Encounter Weekends

  • September 9-10, 2017 – Sioux Falls
  • October 28-29, 2017 – Sioux Falls
Register 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.

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.

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.