Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Welcome, please take time to read the following from Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila: 

Dear Newly Engaged Couple,
Congratulations on your engagement! It brings me great joy to see couples commit themselves to
each other in marriage and it fills me with hope.

The process of engagement is one of discovery and preparation that is meant to help you build a
solid foundation for your marriage, so that it lasts a lifetime.

For that reason, the Church has developed a set of classes to teach you about the joys and
challenges of marriage as Christ intended it. These classes will explore the meaning and purpose
of marriage, the gift of sexuality, natural family planning and provide you with tools to ensure a
healthy, joy-filled marriage.

Before this preparation begins, I encourage you as your spiritual father to make your personal
relationship with Christ the foundation of your relationship as a couple. If you love Christ, you
will love each other better. And if you love each other well, your marriage will be a happy,
joyful witness to the world.

May God the Father bless you during this time of preparation and fill you with his love, and may
the Blessed Mother help you grow in intimacy with her son!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.


At present, call Father Michael to discuss your wedding plans.  Note: You or your future spouse must reside in the Archdiocese of Denver, or you or your parents must have lived in Grand County, Colorado.  Weddings require 10 months notice.

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Marriage Prep Steps


1. Call Your Parish (8-12 months before the wedding)
Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of the parish staff will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your wedding preparations as soon as possible.
2. Initial Meeting (8 months before the wedding)
At this meeting, you’ll learn about the preparation process for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the necessary paperwork  for your marriage, and set your tentative wedding date.
3. FOCCUS Inventory (7-8 months before the wedding)
The FOCCUS Inventory provides you with a personalized profile of your relationship. Your parish will set up your inventory session and, upon completion, the follow-up  sessions needed to review your results. These sessions aim to  facilitate communication between you and your future spouse.
*Note: Some parishes use inventories other than FOCCUS
4. Marriage Prep Program (6 months before the wedding)
Various programs are available within the Archdiocese, all of which focus on the theology of Catholic marriage as well as important life skills. You’ll receive help identifying a prep program that best fits your needs. If your parish doesn’t offer a  program, see the list on this page under “Marriage Preparation Classes”.
5. Natural Family Planning  (5 months before the wedding)
NFP respects the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, and enriches the bond between husband and wife. This course gives couples a natural approach to  understanding the cycles of fertility and infertility. Course listings found here.
6. Final Meeting  (2 months before the wedding)
This meeting will review your previous preparation, complete all of your paperwork, and plan your wedding liturgy. You’re  getting close to celebrating this beautiful sacrament!
7. Sacrament of Reconciliation  (1 week before the wedding)
Catholics preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony  are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Reconciliation and the Eucharist are invaluable sources  of grace and healing. Celebrate this sacrament with your  spouse-to-be!



“Preparation for Holy Matrimony” brochure.


Archdiocesan Norms for Marriage Preparation


What God has joined”






Concerning Education in the Theology of the Body
and Natural Family Planning
by Archbishop Aquila


The Destiny of Humanity: On the Meaning of Marriage

The ancient, organic, and timeless design of man and woman has been revered across all cultures throughout human history. There is a singular wisdom and beauty of this complementarity that “fits” with the universe. The family, founded on marriage, is our first school in what it means to be human, how to love, to seek communion with and be a gift to another person: man for woman, and woman for man. This relationship between man and woman—including their sexual union and its fruits—is the very “grammar” of society.