Preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Marriage includes at least one meeting with a Catholic priest or deacon, normally the priest or deacon who will preside at your wedding ceremony.

In addition, the Archdiocese of Atlanta requires couples who are planning to be married in the Catholic Church in Atlanta to participate in a marriage preparation program. It is preferred that couples go through our parish program Fall In Love, Stay In Love, which is offered in the spring, summer, and fall. Drawing from the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, the program will invite couples to consider their own relationship together with the person of Jesus who is calling them to an ever deeper friendship and the mission to share God’s love with the world. Through presentations by witness couples and in-class and at-home couple exercises, weekly evening sessions will emphasize communication, intimacy, commitment, discernment, and values, as well as tools, rituals, and practices that will aid couples in their marriage together. Please contact Andy Otto at aotto@stmga.org for dates and to register.

Couples should consult with parish staff for alternate options if, because of scheduling purposes, it is not possible to attend. You should plan to complete your marriage preparation program no less than 3 months prior to the wedding. When you have completed the program, be sure to ask for a letter or certificate confirming your participation in the program.