Preparation Program

The following are the standard requirements for marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. All these programs are offered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plantersville. Contact the office, Father Ed Kucera or Deacon Ted at [email protected]

Please Note- Additional retreat dates are under review and will be announced in the near future

FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory

The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by Churches that are preparing couples for marriage. The FOCCUS Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.


Together in God’s Love is a marriage preparation program based on the Catholic Understanding of marriage as sacrament. In Catholic theology, marriage is a sign of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created us, male and female, in His image, and the married couple is a communion of persons, as the Holy Trinity is a communion of persons. On the retreat, beginning of Friday evening, we discuss Marriage & Faith; Marriage & Communication; Marriage & Sexuality; Marriage & Stewardship. Couples must register for this retreat. This program starts on Friday evening about 5:30pm. At about 9:00pm all couples go home and return at 7:30-8:00am Saturday morning. We have sessions all day Saturday, and attend 5:30pm Mass as a group. We have dinner together.  All meals, snacks, books, etc., are furnished. The registration form is below.

The cost of the Retreat is $150.00 per couple. This includes all meals, materials, etc.


This is a program dealing with the Church’s teaching on Family Planning. We discuss natural law, Theology of the Body, Humanae Vitae, and why the Church accepts Natural Family Planning. This session may be part of the retreat weekend for may be conducted separately of the retreat.


Some of the documents required are; UPDATED BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE, PRENUPTUAL QUESTIONNAIRE, AFFIDAVIT OF FREE STATUS, and others documents as required by circumstance.