Pre Cana

Congratulations on your decision to marry! It’s our pleasure to help you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.

What is Pre Cana?
Pre Cana is an experience centered one-day program using various presentation styles in order to aid in the preparation of couples for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Who should attend?
This program is intended for couples where both persons are entering marriage for the first time.

However, as couples ready themselves to spend the rest of their lives together and enter into the Sacrament of Marriage, it is our hope that they would want to do more rather than less preparation.  Because the Church cares deeply about you and your marriage, it is our hope that first consideration be given to attending our Journey to Matrimony as this is the preferred marriage preparation program of the diocese.  Click for the Journey to Matrimony Brochure 2017

Since Pre Cana just meets the minimum preparation requirements for the Catholic Church as well as the State of Florida, some priests, deacons, and parishes do not consider Pre Cana adequate preparation. Therefore, couples should refrain from signing up for Pre Cana unless they are certain it will be accepted by the clergy/parish preparing them for marriage.

What if one or both of us have been previously married?
Since Pre Cana is geared toward those who are about to enter a marriage for the first time, regardless of circumstances if the bride and/or groom were previously married it is our recommendation that these couples attend the Remarriage Program.  While this is our recommendation, ultimately it is the decision of the priest or deacon preparing the couple who determines which program they should attend.  If the clergy you are working with didn’t discuss this option with you, we encourage you to contact them to see if perhaps this might better meet your needs.  Click for the Remarriage Brochure 2017.

When should we attend?
It is recommended that engaged couples complete this phase of their marriage preparation 3 or more months prior to the date of their wedding.

What if we are unable to attend the program together?
We realize you are preparing for one of the most important steps you will ever take…marrying someone and committing yourself to them for the rest of your life!  In order to adequately prepare for your future together, it is always best when marriage preparation is done as a couple.

Occasionally, extenuating circumstances sometimes exist that prevent this from happening.  Because the activities in the Pre Cana program are couple-based, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate individuals.  Those who are unable to attend together are asked to contact their parish for assistance with completing this phase of the preparation process.

What should we bring?
◊ Your fiancé
◊ A light sweater or jacket if you have a tendency to get cool

When does the program begin and end?
Pre Cana begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes by 5:00 p.m.

How much does it cost?
The cost is $75.00 per couple.  Please include a check or money order when submitting your registration form.  Since cash should never be sent through the mail, if you prefer this method of payment, please register in person at our diocesan office.

How do we register?
Complete and submit the registration form found in the current brochure to the Office of Marriage & Family Ministries with the requested payment.  Please be mindful that each program has a registration deadline.  Phone, fax, Email or Online registrations are not accepted.

What if we have to register after the deadline?
Providing there is still availability, couples can register once the deadline has passed however a late fee will apply.

When is Pre Cana Offered?
Conferences are offered the third Saturday of selected months throughout the year.  Please check the current calendar below for dates.

2017 Schedule

Please Note:  Pending availability, a late fee of $35 will apply to registrations not received by the deadline.

 Program Dates Registration Deadlines
February 11th* 1/27/17
March 18th 3/3/17
April 29th 4/14/17
May 20th* 5/5/17
June 17th 6/2/17
July 15th 6/30/17
September 16th 9/1/17
October 21st* 10/6/17
November 18th 11/3/17

*During these months, Pre Cana is also offered in Spanish.  Click on the brochure link if you prefer to attend this program instead.  Spanish Brochure 2017

Where can we get a brochure?
If your marriage preparation is being done through one of the parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, typically they will provide you with the necessary information.  As mentioned above, Pre Cana is not the preferred program of the diocese.  For this reason and because Pre Cana just barely meets the marriage preparation requirements of the Catholic Church as well as the State of Florida, some priests and deacons will not accept this as adequate preparation.

Pre Cana Brochure 2017

Where is Pre Cana held?
Pre Cana is held at the Bethany Center in Lutz.  The address will be included in your confirmation letter.  For directions to the facility are available on their website.

How will we know if we’re confirmed?
Once your paperwork is processed, acknowledgment will be sent to each email address listed on the registration form. This will also include an attachment of a confirmation letter with additional details.  In the absence of email, written notification will be mailed to the bride’s home.

Should we call to check availability?
Couples frequently call to check program availability before submitting their paperwork.  While this may seem helpful, in cases where availability is limited, this can be the difference between whether or not you get confirmed.  Since payment will not be processed unless we are 100% sure we can accommodate you, it is best to submit your registration form as soon as possible.

Who do we contact if we have questions or need further assistance?
All contact regarding this program or the marriage preparation process should be with the Office of Marriage & Family Ministries.  Since Bethany Center serves only as the host facility, their staff is unable to answer any questions you may have.

The best way to reach us is by E-mail as we have access to this from off-site locations and frequently respond after normal business hours.  The email address is: deb@dosp.org or by phone 727 – 341 – 6847.