What is Pre-Cana?
Pre-Cana is a marriage preparation program for engaged couples preparing for their first marriage. Engaged couples are given a series of talks and time to dialogue together after each talk. This program is offered on a Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and concludes with evening Mass. It is essential that a couple plan to attend the entire day. A certificate will be awarded to the couple upon completion of the program. Although a one-day program is not ideal, nor meant to be the sole means of preparation, it provides a solid foundation for further preparation and discussion.
When is Pre-Cana?
Pre-Cana takes place multiple times throughout the year. Please use the following schedule to help you decide which date to choose when registering. You can find the registration link here and near the bottom of this page.
- January 19, 2019 (Gasper River Retreat Center)
Deadline to register: January 12
- March 23, 2019 (St. Thomas More, Paducah)
Deadline to register: March 16
- June 1, 2019 (McRaith Catholic Center basement)
Deadline to register: May 25
- August 10, 2019 (Gasper River Retreat Center)
Deadline to register: August 3
- September 7, 2019 (St. Thomas More, Paducah | This will be in conjunction with Cana II, formerly Once More With Love)
Deadline to register: August 31
- November 9, 2019 (Gasper River Retreat Center)
Deadline to register: November 2
Outline of the Day and Topics Discussed
- Intimacy – Marriage as a Sacrament
- Theology of the Body and Marital Intimacy
- Natural Family Planning
- Finances and Stewardship
- Communication; Solvable and Unsolvable Problems
- Spirituality as a Couple
Cost: $115 (lunch and materials included)
Comments of Couples
“It was such a good experience and we were so glad to be here today.”
“Thank you for giving us opportunities to discuss openly these subjects. The day was so enjoyable and well planned!”
“The Theology of the Body talk was incredible – I wish all my college friends could hear them talk!”
“I am not Catholic but am very intrigued by the faith. Today answered many questions about the faith that I know will be apparent for the rest of our lives.”
“I realized you can always grow from each other. Just because not everything is the same about you, doesn’t mean you aren’t compatible with one another.”
“I liked the positives and negatives that were discussed of what we learned; marriage is from family, society and environment.”