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.

Check out the Witness to Love web site:

Another excellent resource for engaged women is Navigating Engagement with Emily Wilson.  Check it out here, and, if you choose to participate, enjoy a 15 percent discount courtesy of the Diocese of Venice. This 10-part video series on engagement created by Catholic speaker, YouTuber, and author, Emily Wilson Hussem (@emwilss) is specifically for women. The series offers practical guidance, prayerful encouragement, and valuable insight into rarely discussed topics that you will encounter during engagement (e.g. the trap of comparison, the wedding night, discerning a choice, bachelorette parties, etc.) and helps you to manage and prioritize your heart in the process. This is optional, but recommended!


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

Diocese of Venice Marriage Preparation Guidelines:

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

Couples over 55: One day Two Become One program

Couples over 75: 4 hours of personal instruction by Priest or Deacon

Military Couples and Geographically Separated Couples: Online Catholic Marriage Prep may be used with Diocesan approval

To attend a Marriage Preparation Retreat, please contact the Family Life Office!

Contact Carrie Harkey, Family Life Coordinator

Phone: (941) 484-9543

Questions? Contact the Office of Marriage & Family Life