Due to the Shelter in Place order from the State and City the Saturday for Engaged Couples for the 2021 dates will be done as a Zoom meeting. If that changes, you will be notified.
Please be aware of this when you register.
It is our sincere hope that next year we will be able to again do the in-person Days.
Remember, Stay home and Stay safe and healthy.
If you have any questions about this, please email Fr. Tom at:
SATURDAY FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: CATHOLIC MARRIAGE PREPARATION CLASS
Sessions for 2021: Feb. 06, April 10, June 21, Aug, 14, Oct. 16, Dec 11
Sign up early; classes fill up quickly! Register Today!
Getting married in 2020 or 2021? Remember, the Catholic Church requires at least 6 months for marriage preparation! Sign up for one of the 2019/2020 Saturday for Engaged Couples.
The Saturday for Engaged Couples is a one-day, all-day exploration of the meaning of marriage from a Roman Catholic perspective. Marriage is understood as "a covenant of irrevocable personal commitment between a man and a woman that is permanent and exclusive." On this day, the emphasis is on covenant and the commitment of two persons who create a community of life together through the sharing of the whole person -- physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Structure of the Day
Throughout the day, the nature of marital commitment is explored through presentations, couple exercises and group discussion.
The topics that will be discusses are Communication,F amily of Origin, Disagreements, Finance, Sexuality, Spirituality in Marriage, and Children. In addition there is a practical guide to getting married in the Catholic church as well as an optional tour of Old St. Mary's.
The FOCCUS inventory is required by the Archdiocese of San Francisco as part of the marriage preparation process. The FOCCUS is not a part of the Saturday for Engaged Couples. Please contact the priest/deacon doing your marriage preparation paperwork to have the FOCCUS done.
The FOCCUS is not required in every diocese. Please check with the diocese in which you are getting married to see if it is a requirement
$250 per couple, including continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is required. The fee is payable after the application is made. Registration can be made on line or by mail. Register on line here. For more information, please contact Fr. Tom Tavella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-288-3820.
The Saturday for Engaged Couples is held in the Church Hall (beneath the Church) at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral. 660 California Street, San Francisco CA 94108-2402.
Paid parking is available at the St. Mary's Square Parking Garage which is across the street from the church.
A map and directions are available on our Contact Page.