August 12, 2022

2022 Fall Marriage Supplement

Retreats prepare engaged couples for marriage, website helps with planning Catholic weddings

Three marriage preparation programs offered in the archdiocese—the Pre-Cana Conference, Tobit Weekend and One in Christ—help prepare engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage as well as the challenges of married life.

Early registration is recommended for all programs, as each fills up quickly.

Pre-Cana Conferences cover skills for marriage, a catechesis on the sacrament of marriage and an introduction to the science and morals behind natural family planning. Except for in the New Albany Deanery, Pre-Cana Conferences are ordinarily offered in English and Spanish and take place on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day on the campus of a host parish. The cost is $135 per couple. Register at The schedule for 2022-2023 outside of the New Albany Deanery is:

• Sept. 17 and 24, 2022, in English, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 89 N. 17th St., Beech Grove.

• April 15 and 22, 2023, in English, at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish, 7225 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis.

In the New Albany Deanery, Pre-Cana Conferences are one Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality, 100 St. Anthony Dr., in Mt. St. Francis. The cost is $125 per couple. Register at The schedule for 2022-2023 is Oct. 22, 2022; Feb. 4, 2023; and Oct. 21, 2023.

For more information about the program, call the archdiocesan Marriage and Family Life Office at 317-236-1521.

Tobit Weekend retreats take place at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., in Indianapolis, and are offered in English. The cost is $298, which includes program materials, meals, snacks and two rooms for two nights.

The next retreat is on Sept. 16-18. The 2023 schedule is Jan. 13-15, April 28-30, June 23-25 and Sept. 15-17.

To register, go to

For questions about registering, contact Jennifer Burger at or 317-545-7681. For more information about the program and its contents, contact Cheryl McSweeney at or 317-545-7681, ext. 106.

One in Christ marriage preparation, which includes a medical panel to address questions on reproduction and fertility, is a three-day program spanning a weekend and the following Saturday. The first day of the program is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the second day is 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the third day is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $250 per couple, which covers meals and materials.

The next retreat is scheduled for Oct. 8, 9 and 15 at St. Malachy Parish, 7410 N. County Road 1000 East, in Brownsburg.

To register, go to For more information call 317-600-5629, e-mail or go to

To help engaged couples marrying in the Catholic Church, the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life website offers links in English and Spanish to a site that answers questions and offers tips for planning a Catholic wedding.

From budgeting advice to ideas for keeping a wedding faith-focused, the site helps engaged couples marrying in the Church to plan a wedding that keeps God, faith and love at the center of the big day.

To access the site, go to †

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