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Marriage and Family Life

Marriage: Preparation and Enrichment

Marriage preparation and enrichment programs are provided at various times during the year, both at local parishes and by supporting groups in the community. See the list below:

Marriage: Preparation in Parishes

- Check with your local parish. (New offerings will be posted as we receive them from parishes. )

Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. The course runs for 6 weeks on Sundays at 2pm, with the next course beginning on Oct. 15, 2017. To register please contact the parish office at 306-374-1425 or info [at]

Marriage Preparation course at St. Philip Neri parish, 1902 Munroe Ave. (at Taylor Street E.) in Saskatoon is designed for those who are engaged, or planning to be married. Register by contacting Shirley Hyshka at s.hyshka [at] or 306-343-0325.

Marriage Preparation at the Cathedral of the Holy Family: Contact David Polzen at (306) 659-5805 or dpolzen [at],

Catholic Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive weekend of preparation, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God's plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, community, sexuality, communication, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocations, sacraments, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. A weekend stay is necessary to keep the atmosphere generated by the Encounter - away from the distractions of everyday lives. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World.


In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more information or register online at or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. Weekend organizers are Lynn and Wanda Freistadt: (306) 373-8607.

The next Engaged Encounter weekends at Muenster will be held in the spring April 6-8, 2018 and next fall, October 19-21, 2018.

"Our Engaged Encounter Weekend gives couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future lives together. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions about all aspects of married life."


Engaged Encounter weekends are also offered by Regina CEE at various locations throughout the province.

Registration is open for the last Catholic Engaged Encounter Marriage Preparation Retreat Weekend for 2017. Cost is $480 per couple and includes two nights accommodation at Wood Acres Retreat Centre in Moose Jaw, five meals and all course materials. Weekend starts at 7 pm on Friday Nov. 17 and ends by 3 pm on Sunday Nov. 19.  

For more information please call Stella and Ron Anderson at 306-596-2951, or go to and click on "Regina" on the bottom right hand of the page.  "A Wedding is a Day, a Marriage is a Lifetime". Catholic Engaged Encounter uses a tried and true method of marriage preparation that has been successful for over 30 years and gained approval from the Vatican and hundreds of dioceses throughout the world. 

Second Marriage Preparation Sessions

The Diocese of Saskatoon has a team of highly evaluated couples in second marriages who will present two extra marriage preparaton sessions specifically for couples for whom this is not their first marriage. These sessions are also very appropriate for couples when one or both have been in long-term non-married relationships previously or relationships where there are step-children. These extra sessions (offered in addition to a basic Marriage Preparation program) are part of the Diocese of Saskatoon's Marriage Preparation Core Curriculum. For more information about this group and to request the two-evening workshop, please contact Elan Ehresman, 306-679-7717 and cic.elan [at]

Catholic Family Services - Marriage Preparation Weekend Sessions

Catholic Family Services in Saskatoon offers weekend workshops in marriage preparation designed to help couples learn to better communicate feelings and ideas on relationship issues. The workshops run three times per year. Cost is $225/couple. Weekends run 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays/ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Upcoming dates for CFS Marriage Preparation weekends:

  • October 27-28, 2017

For more information or registration, contact Catholic Family Services at (306) 244-7773 or staff [at]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter - How to make a good marriage great!

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is an opportunity for a married couple to take time to rediscover one another and focus on their relationship in a loving encounter. WWME is NOT available in the diocese of Saskatoon at this time. For more information about WWME elsewhere see 


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