Area 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 you will receive with your priest. Your priest will likely ask you to attend one of these programs or an Engaged Encounter Weekend.


Sioux Falls

This series of four, two-hour sessions aims to help those who are preparing for marriage learn more about how marriage in the Lord is lived. Topics include sacrament and theology of marriage, interfaith marriage, the wedding liturgy, finances and budgeting (emphasizing values), sexual intimacy, Natural Family Planning, and couple communication. Cost is $25.

First four Thursdays in October, February, or May 7:00-9:00 p.m.

St. Mary: (605) 332-6391


A set of four Thursday evening sessions is offered in the fall and in the spring. The main sessions are: 1) Spirituality of Marriage, Biblical Foundation, and Church Requirements; 2) Communication and Prayer; 3) Finances and Extended Family; 4) Sexuality and Natural Family Planning. Cost is $30.

Every Thursday in October and February at 7:00 p.m.

Pius XII Newman Center,
1321 8th Street, Brookings

Fr. Patrick Grode – Pius XII Newman Center: (605) 692-9461