Congratulations on your decision to marry.  It is our pleasure to assist you as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. 

Click Journey to Matrimony 2024 to obtain the current brochure.

What is Journey to Matrimony?

Journey to Matrimony is an extended one-day program intended for couples when the bride and groom are both marrying for the first time. For the most part, the program is offered the third Saturday of most months. (See schedule below). This comprehensive experience uses various presentation methods with the goal of enriching and enhancing the remainder of the couple’s engagement. It is our hope that Journey to Matrimony will provide a firm foundation on which couples can build their future as they prepare to enter the Sacrament of Marriage and spend a lifetime together.

What if one/both of us were married before or are currently married and doing a Convalidation?

Regardless of length or circumstances, if the bride and/or groom was previously married, we suggest participating in the Remarriage Program.

Couples doing a Convalidation are welcome to apply for Journey to Matrimony if you have been civilly married two years or less. Otherwise, we suggest attending the Convalidation Program.

Regardless of our recommendations, what program a couple attends is decided by the priest or deacon providing sacramental preparation. If either of the above scenarios apply and these alternate options were not mentioned or discussed, we encourage you to speak with the clergy you are working with to see if an alternate program might be more suitable. 

How Far in Advance Should We Attend?

To allow ample time to complete the preparation process, it is our recommendation that this phase of the marriage preparation process be completed a minimum of 3 months prior to the wedding.  Attending with less notice is possible providing this is acceptable with the priest or deacon assisting with your sacramental preparation.

What if we can’t attend together?

To adequately prepare, it’s best when all aspects of the process are done as a couple.  Because Journey to Matrimony is a couple-based experience, we are unable to accommodate individuals.  If extenuating circumstances exist that prevent you from attending together, please contact the priest or deacon assisting with your sacramental preparation.  Since clergy determine the preparation requirements, they will be able to direct you on how to proceed.

How much does it cost?

As long as you apply before the deadline the cost is $175 per couple.  After the deadline the cost increases to $225 per couple.  Regardless of when couples apply, space is always subject to availability.  The fee includes materials, meals and other program expenses.

Should we check availability before submitting our application?

Actually…it’s better to just submit your paperwork.  Be mindful that couples are confirmed in the order applications are received.  The time spent waiting for a response might be the difference between whether or not we can accommodate you, especially when space is limited.  Penalties only go into affect once couples are confirmed.

2023/2024Schedule & Application Deadlines
Journey to Matrimony is typically held the third Saturday of most months.

Just a reminder…an $50 late fee applies to applications received after the deadline.  Space is always subject to availability.

January 20th (Deadline 1/5/24)

February 17th (Deadline 2/2/24)

March 16th (Deadline 3/1/24)

April 20th (Deadline 4/4/24)

May 18th (Deadline 5/3/24)

June 15th (Deadline 5/31/24)

July 20th (Deadline 7/3/24)

September 21st (Deadline 9/6/24)

October 19th (Deadline 10/4/24)

November 16th (Deadline 11/1/24

Apply online by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is only the application process and does not guarantee a spot. Whether we can confirm your preferred date will depend on availability at the time the application and payment are received.   

How will we know if we are confirmed?

Once your paperwork is processed, written notification will be sent to each e-mail address provided.  This will acknowledge receipt of you application, confirm the date for which you are registered, and give any additional information you need to be aware of.  Every attempt is made to accommodate couples for their preferred date.

Where does the program take place?

Journey to Matrimony is typically held near downtown Tampa. On rare occasions we may have to change the location. To avoid any confusion the address and any facility details will be included in your confirmation letter.

What time does the program begin and end?

The program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends no later than 8:30 p.m. that same day.  In order to receive a certificate of completion both the bride and groom must be present for the entire program.  Please be sure your calendar is free from all other commitments.

Who do we contact if we have questions or need further assistance?

The Office of Marriage & Family Life is more than happy to assist you! Email is the best way to reach us. Please contact Debbie Alexander at or 727 – 341 – 6847.