Congratulations on your decision
to begin this incredible journey toward Sacramental Marriage!
And, welcome to the marriage preparation program offered here at St. Joseph Catholic Parish.
Christian marriage is a call from God, and this journey toward a Christ-centered marriage that you begin today will strengthen your love for each other and for God. Preparation for your life-long marriage will challenge you to grow spiritually and in your marital relationship. You will acquire skills to help you as you begin your marriage and as you faithfully live out your life-long commitment.
The Diocese of Fort Worth and St. Joseph Catholic Parish require extensive Marriage Preparation for the Couple planning to be married in accordance with the Church. This preparation process is designed to:
- Assist the Couple achieve a life-long loving relationship in Christ and with each other,
- And as witnesses of this Marriage to affirm before this community that the Couple is ready to receive this Sacrament and enter into this Covenant relationship with each other and God.
The following information is provided to familiarize the Couple with the Marriage Preparation Process.
Please share your exciting news with our Pastor or another member of the St. Joseph clergy (priest/deacon) 12-18 months before your proposed wedding date to begin this preparation process.
Note: The State of Texas recognizes the value of marriage preparation. As of this writing, couples who complete marriage preparation programs and present a completion certificate can receive a significant reduction on their marriage license fee.