Pre Cana
New Virtual Sessions Added

Due to attendance limits at venues in accord with COVID-19 safety policies, virtual Pre Cana sessions have been added to the schedule of available courses. Virtual sessions are hosted live through Zoom and utilize the same format and schedule as the in-person sessions.

Pre Cana is a one-day marriage preparation class offered by the Office of Family Life. It follows a structured schedule and is presented to groups of engaged couples. It is designed to supplement, not to replace, the less structured, personal meetings that each couple should also have with the priest or deacon who is assisting them to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The program utilizes the Unveiled program ( and provides both an overview of God’s design for joy in marriage and practical skills for bringing it about. Opportunities are provided for each couple to reflect and discuss privately the topics raised during the day.

Presentations cover such topics as:

  • Sacrament of Marriage
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Decision Making
  • Fertility and a Catholic Perspective on Sexuality
  • Stewardship
  • Married Spirituality
  • Christian Stewardship

The class is always on a Saturday. Please arrive between 9:00 to 9:20 a.m. for registration. Please try to arrive on time, as the first presentation will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The program will end by 5:30 p.m.

The cost of the class is $125. This fee includes materials and lunch.

Registration for Pre Cana closes at 4:00 p.m. the Monday prior to each session.

2021 Dates

Virtual Sessions

Virtual Sessions of Pre Cana follow the same one-day format and schedule but are conducted via Zoom.

  • March 20 (Registration Closed)
  • September 11

Jacksonville Deanery

The following dates are at Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville
(*indicates that the session will be offered in both English and in Spanish)

  • February 27* (Full)
  • June 5 (Full)
  • August 14*
  • December 4

Gainesville Deanery

The following dates are at Holy Faith Catholic Church, Gainesville
(* indicates that the session will be offered in both English and in Spanish)

  • TBD

St. Augustine Deanery

The following dates are at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Augustine (*indicates that the session will be offered in both English and in Spanish)

  • November 6*