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Steps to Get Married

These steps give a general overview on how to get married in the Catholic Church.

As you plan your marriage, we welcome you as Christ welcomes you, with understanding, love, and acceptance, to challenge you with the gospel message, and give you hope that a lifelong commitment is possible. We hope you experience this hospitality and welcoming throughout your marriage preparation process. It is in this spirit that we offer you these Steps to Get Married in the Catholic Church.

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Note: These steps provide a general overview of the normal requirements and procedures in the Diocese of Fort Worth, but they should not substitute a conversation with your priest or deacon about your specific situation or needs.

Step 1

Before You Set a Date

Please contact your parish 9 to 12 months in advance to discuss dates, the Nuptial Mass and Marriage Preparation.

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Step 2

Pre-Cana Class

This class gives the couple a theological foundation for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

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Step 3

Fully Engaged

Your Parish will assign a Sponsor Couple to speak with you and your fiancé/fiancée regarding the results of your premarital inventory.

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Step 4

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Complete a full course of Natural Family Planning. Classes can be taken locally at many parishes or online.

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Contacts:

Chris Vaughan
Director of Marriage & Family Life
817-945-9351

Marlon De La Torre, MA, MEd.
Department Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
817-945-9350

Irma Jimenez
Administrative Assistant
817-945-9354

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