Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’re engaged you might be asking – What comes next? To begin, check out the Eight Steps for Engaged Couples. One such step is to participate in a marriage preparation workshop often referred to as Pre-Cana. The program we use in the Boston Archdiocese is one that we developed called Transformed in Love.

Transformed in Love prepares engaged couples, and those who are civilly married seeking a convalidation, to build a solid foundation for their sacred and lifelong union; one built on Jesus Christ. It will help you:

  • Understand the nature of marriage and the impact its sacramental character can have on the spouses, family, and society
  • Learn practical skills and tools to assist with healthy communication and managing expectations well
  • Engage in relationship-building exercises to develop a strong connection between spouses
  • Hear firsthand the experiences of other married couples
Couple kneeling before the priest elevating the Eucharist on their wedding day
Groom kissing his bride's hand on wedding day

Marriage Prep Schedule

Below is a list of faith communities that host Transformed in Love or Transformados en el Amor. There is a selection of both virtual and in person workshops to choose from. Please scroll down for the 2023-2024 dates/locations that work best for you and click where applicable for exact times. 

If you find yourself in need of special accommodations, please contact us for alternative options.

Hosted by the Pastoral Center in Braintree

  • November 17-18 (In person) | Register
  • 2024 – January 9,11,17 (Virtual mini-series) | Register
  • February 2-3 (In person) | Register 
  • March 12, 14, 19 (Virtual mini-series) | Register
  • April 5-6 (In person) | Register
  • May 3-4 (In person) | Register
  • June 5, 11, 13 (Virtual mini-series) | Register

Hosted by Parish Teams 

  • More TBA

Hosted by Centers 

  • St. Basil, Methuen (In person) | Dec. 15-16 | Feb. 9-10, 2024 | April 19-20 | May 10-11 | June 14-15 | Register
  • Paulist Center, Boston | October 27-28 (In person) | Dec. 1-2 (Virtual) | Register

Transformados en el Amor (Español/en persona)

  • Khóa Giáo Lý Dự Bị Hôn Nhân tiếng Việt 2023

If you were married outside the Catholic tradition and seek holy matrimony within the Catholic Church, please contact your local parish or see our A Convalidation for Marriage celebration being held on World Marriage Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

What Your Workshop Covers

Transformed in Love explores the following topics:

  • Self-Knowledge: Knowing Your True Self
  • Communication: Relationship Skills for Marriage
  • Expectations:  Great Expectations Are Managed Well
  • What is Love?  The Four Loves
  • God is Love: Proclaiming the Good News (Kerygma)
  • What is Marriage? God’s Plan for Love and Life
  • The Sacrament of Matrimony: You, Me, and Jesus
  • The Rite of Marriage: The Consent We Give and Live
  • Finances: Let’s Talk Money
  • Five Spiritual Practices for Marriage and Family Life: Keeping Christ at the Center of Our Marriage
  • The Mass: The Presence of Christ
  • Marital Sexuality: Love’s Perfect Design
  • We are on a Mission: Our Marriage and Family, An Icon of God’s Love


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