Congratulations on your decision to marry. As you look toward the Sacrament of Matrimony, it is our hope that our diocesan preparation programs will be an integral part of the foundation on which couples build their future.
When the bride and groom are both entering marriage for the first time, Journey to Matrimony is the preferred program of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and should always be given first consideration. While we do offer Pre Cana, it is a consolidated program. For these reasons, not all priests and deacons consider this adequate preparation. Consequently, this should only be attended when approved by the clergy assisting with sacramental preparation. Even in cases where Pre Cana is an acceptable option, couples are still encouraged to participate in the more comprehensive Journey to Matrimony program.