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


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Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry Schedule

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 To download S&D Healing Ministry pamphlet click here   Program Schedule


Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry

This support group seeks to make God’s love visible by extending compassion to those who are separated or divorced, by striving to create greater awareness that their anguish can become a source of new personal and spiritual growth for themselves and a source of grace for the whole community, while always affirming our Catholic teachings and values on marriage and family life.



A Lifeline for Troubled Marriage This program is designed to support marriages in crisis and can be of assistance to couples who have separated, but are willing to work on their relationship to help repair the difficulties that exist. “…marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” The weekend is not a […]


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 […]