Calendar of Events

May 7
Spanish Pre-Cana/Convalidation Day
St. John Catholic Center

May 14
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center

June 18
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center

July 22 - July 24
Marriage Encounter in Spanish
St. John Catholic Center

Aug. 27
Pre-Cana Day
Christ the King Church

Sep. 10
Pre-Cana Day
Immaculate Conception Church

Catholic Marriage Q&A

What is the meaning of sacrament of marriage?

Marriage is a covenant by which a man and woman form an intimate communion of life and love. In marriage a man and a woman mutually consent to give themselves to each other totally and exclusively in a union that is unifying, indissoluble and open to life. When both the man and woman are baptized, their union is a sacrament. See Marriage Q&A.

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Family Life Office

The Family Life Office develops, supports and coordinates marriage and family ministry in its many dimensions throughout the Diocese of Little Rock. The following programs are available for:

Engaged Couples

Because marriage is lifelong, the Church wants to help couples build strong, lasting marriages. For this reason, couples seeking marriage in the Catholic Church are asked to spend several months in marriage preparation through the following options:

Sponsor Couple — Couple-to-couple marriage preparation ministry between married and engaged couples. Contact the Family Life Office to find a couple for you.

Pre-Cana Day — One-day retreat for engaged couples to reflect on their relationship and future marriage. Visit our calendar to find an event and register.

Natural Family Planning — Practice of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to an informed awareness of a woman's fertility. Register online for the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) at the Couple to Couple League website. Register for the Ovulation Method (OM) by e-mailing Elizabeth Reha or calling her at (501) 664-0340, ext. 373.

Married Couples

The Catholic Church cares about your marriage. Every marriage witnesses to God’s faithful, fruitful, and lasting love for his people. Marriage confers numerous benefits on a husband and wife and the children they are blessed to have.

The Church wants to help couples keep their marriages strong, happy and holy. The Family Life Office offers the following programs to strengthen and restore marriages:

Convalidation Class — Offered for couples who are married civilly (outside the Catholic Church) and wish to have a sacramental marriage. Visit our calendar to find an event and register.

Retrouvaille — Program for troubled marriages that begins with a weekend away followed by three months of sessions to help hurting couples rediscover a loving marital relationship. Register online on the Retrouvaille website.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter — A weekend experience for married couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, where they can focus on each other and their relationship. Register online on the Worldwide Marriage Encounter website.

— Getting Married Guide —

Getting married? Congratulations! Many decisions must be made from choosing the wedding dress and planning the honeymoon to picking the flowers and photographer. Because marriage is lifelong, the Church also wants to help you build a strong, lasting marriage. For this reason, couples seeking marriage in the Catholic Church are asked to spend several months in marriage preparation. To learn more, visit our Getting Married Guide.

Calendar of Events

May 7
Spanish Pre-Cana/Convalidation Day
St. John Catholic Center

May 14
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center

June 18
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center

July 22 - July 24
Marriage Encounter in Spanish
St. John Catholic Center

Aug. 27
Pre-Cana Day
Christ the King Church

Sep. 10
Pre-Cana Day
Immaculate Conception Church

Catholic Marriage Q&A

What is the meaning of sacrament of marriage?

Marriage is a covenant by which a man and woman form an intimate communion of life and love. In marriage a man and a woman mutually consent to give themselves to each other totally and exclusively in a union that is unifying, indissoluble and open to life. When both the man and woman are baptized, their union is a sacrament. See Marriage Q&A.