Typically called Pre-Cana, the Church offers a preparation for couples who are seeking the Sacrament of Matrimony. The preferred option is the in-person Pre-Cana, but in certain circumstances the online option is available.

Jesus began his public ministry and performed his first recorded miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. Because Cana has been linked with the wedding feast, we call the preparation for matrimony “pre-Cana”.

Pre-Cana takes two forms in the Diocese of Rochester. The first is in-person sessions at a parish or Catholic community such as a college. You can find the schedule for these here

The second option is our online Pre-Cana which is designed for couples who are separated by distance or for another pastoral reason cannot attend an in-person session. This online version consists of 4 videos, each followed by reflection questions designed to help couples process their experience. After the videos, you meet with the priest or deacon preparing you to converse about your experience. They can then email the pastoral center and your certificate of completion will be available for you to print.