"The plan inherent in marriage is truly wonderful! It is expressed in the simplicity, and also in the fragility, of the human condition."

~Pope Francis

Mary, Seat of Wisdom joyfully welcomes you to preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Your decision to enter married life is a sign of love, hope and strength for our entire community.

Our parish also looks beyond the wedding to help couples prepare for the marriage commitment. Couples who have prepared well for marriage are shown to be more successful.  We have found a variety of tools to be effective in our marriage ministry.


Pre-Canas are interactive marriage preparation sessions which guide engaged couples through topics useful for a successful marriage. It is a time of discernment about their life together as as a married couple. At Mary, Seat of Wisdom the Pre-Cana ministry endeavors to prepare engaged coupled for the challenges and joys of married life. These classes also fulfill one of the marriage requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Engaged couples are provided the time and opportunity to reflect on their relationship outside of the stress of  marriage planning, with open dialogue in a low-key, low-pressured form to discuss issues that impact wedded life. Married couples share their stories and experiences of married life. 


Your Wedding at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Planning Booklet