Our Programs & Services
Marriage Preparation & Family Life
If you're planning to get married in the Catholic Church and you live in the Archdiocese of Toronto, you are required to complete a marriage preparation program. The Office of Marriage Preparation and Family Life of Catholic Family Services of Toronto, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto's Chancery Office, offers these programs throughout the Archdiocese. It also offers other specialised programs.
Courses delivered by Catholic Family Services of Toronto are guided by professionally trained and skilled counsellors. Some parishes offer their own marriage preparation courses and they are led by priests or trained volunteer couples. Our staff provides training and on-going support to these volunteers.
Please click here to view letter to Engaged Couples
As there is no childcare available during the courses, please do not bring children to the course.
If you have been married previously, please go to the ReMarriage Preparation section below. If you have any questions, please call The Office of Marriage Preparation and Family Life at (416) 921-1163.
We offer courses for couples preparing for marriage. The program assists couples to discern if they are prepared to be married and provides them with information and education to enhance their readiness to have a healthy marriage.
These courses are also appropriate for those couples who are civilly married or cohabiting.
2019 Course Schedule
Click here to see 2019 schedule
If you would like to register on-line using a credit card for a Marriage Preparation Course, please click here:
If the course does not show full on the 2018 or 2019 Course Schedule (please see link above) and you would like to attend, you can download a registration form and send the completed form to us. Click here to download registration form
We offer courses for couples where one or both partners has been previously married and are preparing for re-marriage. The program assists these marrying couples to discern if they are prepared to be married and provides them with information and education to enhance their readiness to have a healthy marriage.
2019 Course Schedule Click here to see 2019 schedule
If you would like to register on-line using a credit card for a Re- Marriage Preparation Course, please click here:
If the course does not show full on the 2019 Course Schedule (please see link above) and you would like to attend, you can download a registration form and send the completed form to us. Click here to download registration form
For further information on courses, dates and locations, please click on the appropriate "Click here to see schedule" link above.
To register in a course, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Please include each partner's first and last name, a mailing address and two phone numbers where we can reach you during the day in your e-mail. You may also call us at (416) 921-1163 to register.
PARISH BASED MARRIAGE PREPARATION -- Priest and/or Volunteer-led Programs
We collaborate with pastors to enhance their own parish based marriage preparation programs. Please call your parish directly for more information.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR LAY COUPLES
We provide the marriage preparation leadership training program for volunteer lay couples.
CONSULTATION AND TRAINING TO CLERGY
Training, consultation and assessment services are offered to clergy and staff of Archdiocese of Toronto.
NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAM
In partnership with the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Toronto, we offer the New Beginnings Program. New Beginnings is a program with a rich history of assisting separated, divorced and widowed Catholics. The program provides counselling, opportunities for reflection and spiritual guidance as part of the healing journey through retreats, monthly inspirational talks and parish support groups. These services are offered throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto.