Marriage Preparation

Be sure to begin your engagement in prayer and continue to pray to ask the Lord’s guidance as you plan your wedding day and your future life together.

The Diocese of Venice uses the Marriage Preparation Program Witness to Love.

As Pope Francis has said about love, “Love is a relationship”, and “Build a house together on the Rock of True Love, God !”
(Pope Francis Dialogue on Valentine’s Day 2014 in full click here)

Witness to Love is a virtues-based model of marriage renewal and preparation that integrates modern principles of psychology and the virtues to help couples facilitate and talk about their relationship. All built on the rock of True Love, that comes from “God”.

What makes Witness to Love –unique is that the engaged couple chooses their own mentor couple. This is a couple they both admire and see as a source of faith formation. This mentor couple gives them a connection and integration into the parish. Through the sharing of the mentor couple’s own marriage journey, the engaged couple inherits a “lifeline” of support in their commitment to Jesus and His Church.

Your very First step to sign up for the Marriage Prep Program is to contact your Parish Office to set up an appointment.

Check out the Witness to Love web site:


Diocese of Venice Marriage Preparation Guidelines:

Couples ages 55 and under: Witness to Love Marriage Preparation Program

Couples over 55: Attend the one day Two Become One retreat.

Couples over 75: 4 hours of personal instruction by Priest or Deacon
Military Couples and geographically separated couples: The online program Catholic Marriage Prep can be used with Diocesan approval

With more questions, contact the Office of Marriage & Family Life.