Marriage and Family Life

Marriage Preparation Courses

Engaged Encounter Weekends

An Engaged Encounter Weekend is for couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church or are considering engagement and who want to deepen their relationship and keep it fresh and alive.

For further details of Engaged Encounter Weekends and to book go to:

0845 260 2016


Marriage Care Days of Marriage Preparation


The three Marriage Care Centres in the Diocese present PREPARING TOGETHER, a complete, one day course for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church. These courses are presented in Stockport, Altringham and South Cheshire and there are courses in Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

Occasionally couples are unable to attend one of the set Courses, and in these cases, an alternative Course- FOCCUS – may be available. This is a guided, questionnaire-based exploration of essential relationship know- how for individual couples.

For further details of these courses and to book go to:

0800 389 3801


Other One Day Courses in the Diocese


St Werburgh’s, Chester:

Future courses will be held on:

29th September 2018

17th November 2018

23rd March 2019

18th May 2019

28th September 2019

23rd November 2019


Contact Fr Paul Shaw:


01244 350 236

Contact Fr Paul Shaw:

01244 350 236


Wallasey, LPA 21

Contact Mrs Clara Donnelly:



West Kirby, LPA 22

Contact Deacon Basil Stephens:

0151 625 9963


Please note that booking is essential and courses are often booked up well in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment.