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Marriage Education Programs

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To fulfill the educational portion of marriage preparation in the Diocese of Little Rock, engaged couples must attend Pre-Cana Day, the Sponsor Couple program or some other diocesan-approved marriage education program. This is determined with your pastor.


Sponsor Couple

Sponsor Couple is a couple-to-couple marriage preparation ministry between married and engaged couples. The sponsor couple or mentor couple assists the engaged couple in reflecting on the reality of married life. Topics covered include the sacrament of marriage, family of origin, communication, finances, love and sexuality and parenting. Ask your pastor to find out if this program is offered in your parish. For more information, contact the Family Life Office at (501) 664-0340.

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Pre-Cana Day

Pre-Cana Day is a one-day retreat for engaged couples to spend time together reflecting on their relationship and future marriage. Topics such as the sacrament of marriage, communication, finances, love and sexuality and parenting are discussed. Registration is required one week prior to the event. See the Calendar of Events to find available dates on which to register. Click on a date to find the registration form. 

To register for Pre-Cana Day, please complete and submit the form. Then mail your $60 registration fee to: Family Life Office, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Online payment cannot be accepted at this time. Make checks payable to the Diocese of Little Rock. Registration is NOT complete until both the fee and this form have been received. If you need to register after the deadline date, please call the Family Life Office at (501) 664-0340.

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Convalidation Class

Convalidation classes are offered for couples who are married civilly (outside the Catholic Church) and wish to have a sacramental marriage within the Church. The Church requires that a baptized Roman Catholic marry before a priest or deacon unless he or she received a dispensation (permission) from the Church beforehand.

When a Catholic does not observe this requirement and marries outside the Church, his or her marriage is not recognized by the Church. Couples who wish to have their civil marriage convalidated (recognized) are asked to attend a special marriage preparation program (convalidation class), complete marriage paperwork and have vows witnessed by a priest or deacon.

With the approval of your pastor, please register for a Convalidation Class at least one week prior to the event. See the Calendar of Events to find available dates on which to register. Click on a date to find the registration form. 

To register for Convalidation Class, please complete and submit the form. Then mail your $60 registration fee to: Family Life Office, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Online payment cannot be accepted at this time. Make checks payable to the Diocese of Little Rock. Registration is NOT complete until both the fee and this form have been received. If you need to register after the deadline date, please call the Family Life Office at (501) 664-0340.

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Recent Updates

The Catholic Church in the United States wants Valentine's Day to be about more...
Are you planning to get married in a Catholic church in Arkansas? If so, find...

Calendar of Events

July 23 - July 29
2017 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Nationwide
Aug. 26
Spanish Pre-Cana/Convalidation Day
Immaculate Conception Church - Fort Smith
Sep. 23
Pre-Cana Day
Christ the King Church - Little Rock
Oct. 14
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center
Jan. 27, 2018
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center