Marriage Preparation & Counseling
The Sacrament of Marriage is available to registered members of the parish who are free to marry and have completed Marriage Preparation. Availability of wedding dates can be determined by checking with the Parish Office. Marriage Preparation must begin 9-12 months prior to the wedding date, and at least one of the parties being married or a member of their immediate family must be a registered parishioner for at least three months prior to beginning preparation. Weddings may be scheduled during Lent with the priest's permission, but bear in mind the solemn nature of the season in regards to environment and music. Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays with morning weddings beginning no later than 10:30 AM and afternoon weddings beginning no later than 2:30 PM. A $50 fee is charged for the Marriage Preparation program and a $300 fee ($400 if a parishioner for less than one year) for the use of the church. Contact the Parish Office, 317-253-2193.
The marriage preparation ministry is comprised of married couples who work with the pastor, associate pastor and deacons in helping engaged couples prepare for marriage. The preparation includes:
- Group experience for couples
- The Engaged Couple Enrichment program
- Working one-on-one with another married couple
- An atmosphere of vision and anticipation of a lifelong love relationship.
For more information about marriage at St. Monica:
If you are engaged and interested in marriage preparation and counseling, please first call the Parish Office at 317-253-2193, opt. 2 to schedule an appointment with a priest. To discuss music for your wedding ceremony, contact Amy Eggleston at or click here. To view/listen to sample wedding music, click here.
Marriage Preparation Retreats/Workshops
Tobit Marriage Preparation Weekends
The Tobit Marriage Preparation Weekend was designed and started in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1974. Over 8,000 couples have participated in the program in Indianapolis, and today weekends continue to be booked many months in advance. The weekend takes you away from the tensions and demands of daily life to relax in a place of beauty and peacefulness. It gives you a unique opportunity to grow in your knowledge and love of one another. The program enables you to enter into a deeper personal relationship with Christ and to realize the importance of having Him at the center of your marriage. To learn more about Tobit weekends, click here.
One in Christ
The One in Christ Marriage Seminar is designed to prepare you and your fiancé for the Sacrament of Matrimony. It can also be used for those who are convalidating their marriages and for those who would like a refresher course on marriage. The seminar provides you and your fiancé with an all-inclusive and comprehensive appreciation and knowledge of the Sacrament of Matrimony. One in Christ presents both the sacramental theology and the practical “tools” of Christian Marriage so that you and your fiancé may reach an understanding of how marriage is a participation in the life of Heaven and what that means for your lives together here on earth. To learn more about One in Christ, click here.