Marriage Preparation Schedules

Office for Marriage & Family Life
Jeff Heinzen,
Director Phone - 608.791.2673
Fax - 608.788.8413

Preparing for the VOCATION OF MARRIAGE

Our warmest congratulations on your engagement! The love that you share with one another has brought you to this time of discernment a time of prayer, a time of discovery, and a time to determine whether God is calling you to the lifelong vocation of marriage.

These programs fulfill part of the requirements for marriage preparation that each engaged couple is required to complete before their wedding.

Though they may vary in length, cost, and format, the program content is consistent with the expectations of the Bishops of Wisconsin.

Your pastor, pastoral associate, or deacon can best direct you in your planning.

If you want to print a copy of the schedule below click here.



Marriage Preparation Schedule

~ Arcadia Deanery ~
(715) 985-2227
Sts Peter & Paul, Independence
September 12-13, 2014
January 9-10, 2015
September 11-12, 2015
January 8-9, 2016
~ Chippewa Falls Deanery ~
Deacon Dan Rider -
St. Peter Church, Tilden
April 26, 2014
~ Durand Deanery ~
(715) 672-5640
St. Mary’s, Durand

Emily Revak – (715) 232-4922 or
St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
~ Eau Claire Deanery ~ 
Deacon Robert W. Chittendon
715-832-2504 Ext 100
St Olaf Catholic Church
May 30 & 31, 2014
July 25 & 26. 2014

~ La Crosse Deanery ~
Deacon Matthew Ludick
(608) 526-4424
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holmen
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, January 24, 2015
(608) 782-7557
St James Church
June 14, 2014
~ Mauston - Sparta Deanery ~ 
Jaime Pouillie
St. Patrick’s Church, Mauston

Wanda Thorson (608) 372-0825
St. Mary’s Church, Tomah
July 12, 2014

~Marshfield Deanery~ 
Alanna Hart
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield 
~ Prairie Du Chien Deanery ~ 
Yvonne Hady
(608) 872-2108
St. Wenceslaus Parish, Eastman
~ Richland Center Deanery ~ <
St. Mary’s Church, Viroqua
(608) 637-7711
June 7, 2014

St. Mary's Church, Richland Center
(608) 647-2621
~ Stevens Point Deanery ~ 
Dwaine & Susan Habrat
715-344-9117 Ext 212

Newman Center
~ Thorp Deanery ~
Mike Schaefer- (715) 223-3048 Ext. 1
St. Mary Help of Christians, Colby
~ Wausau Deanery ~
Diane Borchardt  715-574-7678
Please include a contact phone number and mailing address when you email.
April 25-26, 2014
August 1-2, 2014
Nov 14-15, 2014
~ Wisconsin Rapids Deanery ~
Mary Jo Sigourney
St Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
October 18, 2014
March 21, 2015

Natural Family Planning

Knowledge of Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an integral component of your preparation for marriage. Your pastor, pastoral associate, or deacon can provide you with the dates of the NFP classes that are being offered in your area.

You may also contact the program coordinators directly at 1-800-255-6226 or email

If you would like more information, click here.

"Each of us is called by God to love - to make a gift of ourselves to God and others. This is the fundamental vocation of every human being. Your specific call appears to be the married state where you will daily seek "to will the good of another."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1766)


To live a lifetime together with another human being is a great challenge and requires an abundance of God’s grace through the sacrament of marriage. Ultimately it is your responsibility to assist your future spouse in knowing, loving and serving God so that you may share eternity together.


It is our hope that your experience of preparing for this sacred vocation of marriage will strengthen your love and understanding of one another. May God bless you throughout this process and may you experience a lifetime of happiness together.