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.

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Family Life of Catholic Family Services of Toronto also offers other specialised programs.

Courses delivered by Catholic Family Services of Toronto are guided by both deacons and professionally trained facilitators. Some parishes offer their own marriage preparation courses and they are led by priests or trained volunteer couples. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto, these volunteers will receive training and ongoing support by our professional te
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As there is no childcare available during the courses, please do not bring children to the course.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

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 prepares couples to receive the Marriage Sacrament and assists them to discern if they are ready to make the commitment to marry. The course will provide couples with information and education that will enhance their readiness for a healthy marriage.

To help couples apply the course information to their individual situations, a professionally trained counsellor will meet with each couple for a pre-marriage counselling session once the group sessions are completed.

These programs are also appropriate for those couples who are civilly married or cohabiting.

Beginning in 2020, Catholic Family Services of Toronto will be offering an updated Marriage Preparation Program that is aligned with the Archdiocese of Toronto's vision of preparing and supporting couples receiving the Sacrament of Marriage.

Using a professionally written curriculum, approved by the Archdiocese of Toronto, the couples will learn about the sacramental aspects of marriage and the life skills needed to enjoy a successful marriage. The updated program includes a pre-marriage counselling session with a professionally trained counsellor for a relationship "check-up" to enhance their skills and prevent problems from arising in the relationship.

Registrations for Marriage Preparation courses close two weeks before the start date to allow ample time to ship out the required materials during the pandemic.

2020 Course Schedule
Click here to see 2020 schedule

Please click the following link to register for a Marriage Preparation Course: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEvents?ID=2330&VER=&LNG=EN&CID=913


RE-MARRIAGE PREPARATION

We offer courses for couples where one or both partners has been previously married and are preparing for re-marriage. The program prepares the couple to receive the Marriage Sacrament and assists them to discern if they are prepared to be married. The course will provide the couple with information and education that will enhance their readiness to have a healthy marriage.

Registrations for Marriage Preparation courses close two weeks before the start date to allow ample time to ship out the required materials during the pandemic.

2020 Course Schedule
Click here to see 2020 schedule

Please click the following link to register for a Re-Marriage Preparation Course: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEvents?ID=2330&VER=&LNG=EN&CID=915


For further information on courses, dates and locations, please click on the appropriate "Click here to see schedule" link above.

You may also register in a course by e-mailing us at marriageprep@cfstoronto.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.

If you are a Catholic who would like to remarry in the Church, please visit the Toronto Catholic Marriage Tribunal website: https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/departments-(a-n)/Catholic_Marriage_Tribunal

PARISH BASED MARRIAGE PREPARATION -- Priest and/or Volunteer-led Programs
In partnership with the Archdiocese of Toronto, we collaborate with pastors to enhance their own parish based marriage preparation programs.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR LAY COUPLES
We provide an Annual Day of Renewal for Marriage Preparation volunteer lay couples for reflection and professional development.

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.

Please see the News and Events page for New Beginnings online seminars and groups.

Please see the New Beginnings Program Brochure below: Click here to see the New Beginnings Brochure

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