Pre-Cana

Pre-Cana / Marriage Preparation Classes

The specific preparation for Marriage in the Catholic Church involves a program of listening and discussion. The stated policy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that engaged couples participate in a pre-marriage program best suited to their needs. The content of these programs centers on the areas of sacramentality, spirituality, communication, financial responsibility, family life, responsible parenthood, sexuality and continuing formation within marriage. There are a variety of ways in which this may be accomplished. Among these are the following:

Pre-Cana Weekends for the Engaged at Saint Kilian Parish
A local program is sponsored by Saint Kilian Parish whereby married couples along with a priest from the parish treat various topics dealing with married life. This program is conducted on a weekend beginning on Friday evening (usually concluding by 9:00pm) and continuing on Saturday from 9am to noon. Couples must attend both days. Included with the presentations is the opportunity for questions and discussion. This program is usually held three times a year, in January, April and September. It is necessary to register for this program online or by calling Deacon Ralph Bachner at the Parish Center at 724-586-7610 x. 310 to have a form mailed to you. Please note there is a $25 fee per couple which can be paid in advance or on the day of the class. Upcoming classes are scheduled for January 24/25, 2020; May 1/2, 2020; and September 18/19, 2020. Registration closes one week before class date.

Butler Deanery Program
This program is offered periodically within Butler County utilizing various formats. Please phone 724-287-0820 information.

Engaged Encounter Weekends
A program whereby married couples along with a priest present various topics dealing with married life. This program consists of an entire weekend, from Friday evening at 8pm until Sunday afternoon at 5pm conducted at various sites in the Diocese. Engaged Encounter weekends are held several times each month. Please contact the Parish Office for dates and a contact through whom arrangements may be made.

Diocesan Pre-Cana Lecture Series
A lecture series that is held at St. Mary of Mercy Church (corner of the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street, downtown Pittsburgh). This program consists of four 2 hour presentations on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings. A parish priest must fill out an application form before you can attend these classes. Please call 412.456.3179 or email ccd@diopitt.org for information.
In addition, any other recognized program sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, another diocese, parish, deanery or campus ministry will suffice provided that the participants receive a certificate of participation and successful completion of the program.

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