Congratulations! St. Thomas More Catholic Parish is here to guide, teach, and support you on your journey through the sacramental preparation of your marriage.

Marriage Preparation is an 8-month process where you will explore the purpose of marriage, having Christ at the center of your relationship, the gift of sexuality, natural family planning, and prayer as a couple. We want to be sure you are equipped with a solid foundation that lasts a lifetime.

With Christ at the center of your relationship, you’re sure to have a marriage filled with joy, and one that sets an example for generations to come.


Marriage Preparation Process

Contact our Marriage Coordinator at least 8 months before the wedding. You can reach Melanie Lauer at or 303.221.9234.

Initial Meeting: Our Marriage Coordinator will set up a meeting with you and your future spouse to discuss the marriage preparation process, begin the necessary paperwork for your marriage file, and set your tentative wedding date. You and your spouse will also be assigned to a member of our clergy who will then contact you to meet with you.

FOCCUS Inventory: An inventory session will be set up for you as a couple. Upon completion you will have follow-up sessions with a mentor couple. These sessions aim to facilitate communication between you and your future spouse.

Marriage Preparation Program: St. Thomas More offers Marriage Preparation retreats, for a list of retreats please go to our events registration page. Other marriage prep programs are available within our Archdiocese, for more information contact our Marriage Coordinator.

Natural Family Planning: You will need to complete one approved NFP course. Courses can be found at the Archdiocese of Denver website. Please note that you are required to do at least 3 months of charting.

Final Meeting: As a couple, you will meet with our Marriage Coordinator to review your preparation, complete & turn in all paperwork, and get an update on your wedding liturgy.

Reconciliation: Catholics are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before their Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. This invaluable sacrament of grace and healing is a good way to start your marriage.

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Marriage Prep

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one body.
Genesis 2:24