Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church.

The Catholic Church teaches us that marriage is an intimate, exclusive and permanent partnership of a man and a woman which exists for the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Marriage is brought into being by the voluntary and deliberate exchange of consent (marriage vows) of the parties.

The Diocese of St. Catharines offers resources and programs to assist with the preparation and daily life of married couples, as well as resources and support groups for the support of couples struggling in their marriages.

In this section you can find resources and groups for:

  • Marriage preparation
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Marriage helps, including support for the separated and divorced

Marriage Events and News



Together for Life: Marriage Preparation 2017

This is an exciting time in your life! Now is the time to prepare for a marriage that will keep you and your future spouse together for life. Contact your local parish the marriage preparation program in your area. These events will take you out of your comfort zone and invite you and your future spouse into the areas where […]

Marriage Prep

Catholic Engaged Encounter 2017

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a marriage preparation program recognized by the Diocese of St. Catharines. CEE provides quality marriage preparation in a weekend retreat format. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together and who are considered “free to marry” according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The […]


Nova Scotia Couple is the Longest Married Couple in Canada

MARRIED 80 YEARS, MEET BILL AND BERTIE NICKERSON OF NOVA SCOTIA Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada honours Bill and Bertie Nickerson, from Liverpool, NS as the Longest Married Couple in Canada for 2015-2016. Kerri Nickerson, who nominated her grandparents, said the Nickerson’s years together has provided them and their family with many wonderful memories. “They have a history chock full of […]


Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry Schedule: Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

The Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month (except holidays) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls. For a pamphlet or information call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or email Download S&D Healing Ministry pamphlet here Program Schedule for Fall 2016 – Summer 2017 September […]


Bishop Bergie with CHCH News on “The Joy of Love”

Bishop Gerard Bergie was interviewed by CHCH News about Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love”. The papal document speaks about the joy of love in family life, in marriage and also the pain that comes with it, Bishop Bergie said. On more controversial topics such as divorce and remarriage, Bishop Bergie pointed out that the pontifical […]