Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dodge City, KS

Marriage Preparation

“The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.  Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variation it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1603

Marriage is the celebration of a sacrament. The Diocese norm requires the couple to contact the priest or deacon at least four months prior to the wedding. The bride or groom must be registered in our parish. Couples from another parish, must have permission of their pastor to begin preparation work.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a detailed policy outlining the procedure and guidelines for marriage preparation.  It covers important details regarding the preparation for the Sacrament, guidelines for setting the date, rules on the use of the facility and decorating the church, photography guidelines, and the fees involved.  This document can be found on the Marriage Preparation Documents page, and should be reviewed with the priest or pastoral minister. 


Elements of Marriage Preparation

The required steps of preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church are offered in hopes that the sacredness and beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage will be ever more apparent, that hearts will be touched by God’s love, and that the grace of God will be manifest as these guidelines are followed (Diocese of Dodge City Guidelines).

  • Instrument- Completion the Prepare Enrich couple assessment and discussion of the results with the priest or pastoral minister. 

  • Event- Attendance at an Engaged-Encounter retreat weekend or couple-to-couple group session (see for Engaged Encounter dates for the Dodge City Diocese)

  • Sessions- The Cathedral also asks couples to attend an Introductory Session to Natural Family Planning (NFP) and also a session of Theology of the Body as part of their preparation.  The schedule for these sessions will be made available in the parish bulletin and website. 

  • Other sessions with Priest or Pastoral Minister may also be required in helping the couple to develop an understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament of Marriage. 

  • If the engaged couple is coming from another Diocese, we ask that they participate in the approved marriage preparation program of their Diocese, with the inclusion of the Natural Family Planning Session

Please visit the Pastoral Ministry page for more resources and articles on preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church.

Contact Info

Deanna Johnston
225-4802 Ext. 203