Covid 19



Saturday for Engaged Couples for the 2022 dates will be done as a Zoom meeting. 

If you have any questions about this, please email Fr. Tom at:

Fr. Tom


Sessions for 2022: August 13. October 15, December 10
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.

Please Note:

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 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.