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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.

Steps 2 through 4 can be taken in any order. 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 One

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 Two

Pre-Cana Class

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


Today Tomorrow Forever Class

Today-Tomorrow-Forever is marriage preparation for those couples seeking Convalidation and offers a theological foundation to the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Today Tomorrow Forever

Step Three

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 Four

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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Director of Marriage & Family Life

Monica Martinez
Administrative Assistant

The Diocese of Fort Worth is dedicated to a Safe Environment. We offer extensive and mandatory training for all employees and volunteers. Please contact the Safe Environment office if you need assistance or to report an abuse or concern.

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