On behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, we congratulate you on this most joyous occasion of your engagement to be married.  It is an honor for us to join your journey of faith as you begin the process of marriage preparation.  May God bless you as you prepare to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The marriage preparation process is a multi-phased and collaborative effort under the direction of our local parish communities and the diocesan Office of Family Ministries.

Diocesan guidelines for the Sacrament of Matrimony:

Step One: Six (6) months to a year before your wedding date, contact your parish priest. You can expect to meet with the priest or deacon several times to complete and go over the Pre-Nuptial Marriage Investigation; take the Foccus survey; go over results of the survey; and to plan the liturgy for your wedding day. If you have a former marriage you will need to receive a Declaration of Invalidity before a wedding date can be scheduled.

Step Two: Register for a marriage preparation class. This class is designed as a tool to help you and your fiancé prepare for a lifetime marriage.

Diocese of Memphis Marriage Prep

Updated October 27, 2021
Updates are anticipated in the spring of 2022

Out of an abundance of caution, and in listening to recommendations from the CDC, as well as the USCCB, the Diocese of Memphis has cancelled all in-person Pre-Cana courses for the foreseeable future. We will re-evaluate holding future in-person courses in early 2022 as more information becomes available. The diocesan requirement that some form of marriage preparation takes place is still in effect, however. There are still two options available to fulfill this requirement…

Option 1: The marriage preparation course can be accessed at the Catholic Marriage Prep link located in this paragraph. We have used this course for the last few years and it is excellent. The cost is $194 you can register by going to this link: http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/134.html The cost is higher if you need an accelerated timeline, so register as soon as possible.

Option 2: Marriage prep can always be provided by the priest or deacon who is presiding at your wedding, or by a diocesan-approved marriage prep program at your local parish. Check with your pastor.

We are truly sorry for this inconvenience, but we are doing everything we can to provide meaningful support for your upcoming marriage in very fluid and challenging times! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Deacon Jeff Drzycimski, Director of Catechetical & Sacramental Formation, at (901) 373-1222, or email Deacon Jeff at deacon.jeff@cc.cdom.org.

Actuando en una abundancia de precaucion, y escuchando las recomendaciones de la CDC y otras entidades gubernamentales, asi como la USCCB, la Diocesis de Memphis ha decidido cancelar todos los cursos prematrimoniales en persona durante los meses de Abril y Mayo. Re-evaluaremos la posibilidad de ofrecer cursos en persona a futuro llegado el verano, cuando haya mas informacion disponible. Sin embargo, el requerimiento diocesano de que haya algun tipo de preparacion prematrimonial sigue en vigencia. Tenemos dos opciones que ofrecerle para cubrir este requisito:

Opcion 1:  Puede tomar el curso de preparacion prematrimonial en linea a traves de la plataforma de Agape Ministries’ Marriage Prep Online. 

Hemos usado este curso para casos especiales en los ultimos anios y es excelente. El costo del curso es de $194, y aumenta si requiere acelerarlo, por lo que le recomendamos registrarse con bastante anticipacion en  http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/134.html 

Si usted ya habia pagado por las clases en persona su dinero se le devolvera de la misma manera/metodo en que se recibio. Por favor sea paciente, estaremos procesando estos reembolsos tan rapido como podamos con nuestro personal limitado. 

Opcion 2: La preparacion pre-matrimonial siempre puede ofrecerla su sacerdote o diacono que celebrara su boda, o por un preparador de su parroquia local  aprobado por la diocesis. Cheque con su parroco.

Lamentamos mucho este invonveniente, pero estamos haciendo lo posible para proveer apoyo significativo para que se pueda realizar su boda en estos tiempos tan retadores. Si tiene preguntas, por favor no dude en contactar al Diacono Jeff Drzycimski, Director de Formacion Catequetica y Sacramental, al (901) 373-1222, o por correo electronico a deacon.jeff@cc.cdom.org

Step Three: Register online for Natural Family Planning Class series (NFP). Natural Family Planning is an all-natural method, scientifically based on the woman’s patterns of fertility and infertility. It promotes romance, respect and communication between husband and wife. It can deepen the intimacy between you and your spouse, strengthen your relationship and give you peace.


Guiding Star Memphis, in partnership with Catholic Diocese of Memphis, is presenting: “Natural Fertility and Hormone Wellness” class at OLPH Saturday March 26th 10am -12pm, (this class satisfies the Natural Family Planning requirements for marriage prep). To register click HERE: https://forms.gle/4Lh7TbJt86QR47H59 or contact us at : contact@guidingstarmemphis.org for any questions.’


The Natural Family Program is also available online at


It is best for engaged couples to attend the classes at least six months before their wedding.


NFP Charting Items

If you need additional NFP stickers for charting, please visit to the BOMA-USA (Billings Ovulation Method) website: https://www.boma-usa.org/store/p25/Packet_of_Stickers_for_Charting.html .

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