Archdiocese of Boston's Marriage Preparation Program



Friday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.          (Dinner is served starting at 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.        (Light breakfast will be available starting at 8:00 and lunch will be served buffet style in the afternoon)

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118

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Fee Information

$40 Non-refundable deposit due at registration.

$160 Program due first day of event. (Please bring cash or check.)

Total Cost: $200 per couple, which includes: Registration, program, all materials, meals.


Kelly Tolman, Family Life Consultant
Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support

Lay a solid foundation for a life-long, life-giving, loving marriage.

  • Acquire tools to strengthen your marriage and enhance intimacy. 
  • Learn the latest in researched practical skills for great communication. 
  • Consider how differences in personality can be used as a source of strength in your relationship. 
  • Reflect on the role expectations play in marriage and learn steps to manage them well.
  • Learn about the four types of love and basic principles to maintain love over a lifetime.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of marriage as a vocation and a sacrament. 
  • Look at the wedding vows and reflect on what you will be promising each other. 
  • Spend time reflecting on and discussing your financial attitudes and expectations.
  • Learn fertility awareness and its application in family planning and infertility. 
  • Consider ways you can guard, reveal and communicate love over your lifetime.
  • Strengthen your awareness of God’s presence and assistance in your life and marriage. 
  • Benefit from the experience and wisdom of married couples.
  • Benefit from some quiet time for you individually and together as a couple to reflect on the topics and, most importantly, on your shared life ahead! 

Comments from previous participants:

"Definitely worth doing it really brought us back to what is important and why we are getting married and what we love about each other."

"Very practical. Nice to take time away from “the wedding” to actually talk about our future and expectations."

"Great to re-focus on your relationship in a way that you wouldn’t expect."