Congratulations! Because the Catholic Church and your diocesan community wants couples to form strong, lasting marriages, all engaged couples wishing to marry in the Diocese of Covington are required to:

  1. Contact the parish priest at least nine to twelve months before your wedding to set an initial appointment and to start your marriage preparations.
  2. Attend one of the three listed marriage preparation programs three to six months prior to your wedding. Since marriage preparation programs often fill quickly, it is wise to register two to three months before the program date.  See course and registration information below.
  3. Attend a certified Natural Family Planning course. It is preferable to attend this course after attending your marriage preparation program, if possible.  NFP courses require a three month commitment and fill quickly, so register early. See course and registration information below.

There are certain situations in which the Church believes engaged couples could benefit from more intensive preparation. These include pre-marital pregnancy and extreme youth (one or both partners age 19 or under). In such cases contact your pastor or Catholic Charities (859-581-8974) for individualized pre-marital counseling.

You can download a brochure listing these programs.


This program is held on two consecutive Saturdays with large group presentation, private couple interaction, and small group discussion. The focus is on a couple’s relationship and the beauty and importance of the Sacrament of Matrimony.Time:   9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Dates and locations:

January 28, February 4, St. Timothy Parish – Brodnick Hall FULL
April 1, 8, St. Timothy Parish – Brodnick Hall FULL
 June 3, 10, St. Timothy Parish – Brodnick Hall FULL
September 23, 30, St. Timothy Parish – Brodnick Hall FULL

Cost per couple is $85. To register, print and mail  a registration form. (Payment and mailing instructions are found on the form.)  For more information contact Eric and Laurie Nienaber by email, or call 859-907-0994. A confirmation will be emailed to you within 7-10 days.


A small group of engaged couples meet in the home of a marriage ministry couple one evening per week for five weeks. This combines sharing by the lead couple with small group discussions. You must be able to make all five sessions. Please call to check availability.Time: Usually 7:30–9:30p.m.

Dates: Dates vary
Cost: $50 per couple
Contact: For more information and dates of the program,
email George and Terri Brass.


The two day, one night weekend retreat offered by the Diocese of Covington’s Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) ministry offers couples a unique opportunity to look at their commitment to each other in a deeper way as they prepare for marriage. Free from the pressure and distractions of the outside world, couples are given 30 plus hours to honestly and intensively dialogue about their prospective lives together. Two married couples make up the presenting team and share brief stories about their marriages and the impact of the Sacrament of Matrimony on their lives, with the goal of encouraging participants to explore their own attitudes and expectations. The team also offers couples ideas on how to continue to love each other, even amid the pressures of the world. The engaged couples should anticipate discussing each other’s strengths and weaknesses, desires, and ambitions, as well as their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, and the role of the church and society in their future marriages. Our motto is “A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime.” Most people spend huge amounts of money and many months planning for their wedding. CEE is about preparing for what most hope will last 50 or 60 years—your marriage.

Our partners, Cincinnati Engaged Encounter, offer 3 day-2 night retreat weekends.

2017 Dates for Engaged Encounter

Covington Diocese Cincinnati Diocese
January 14-15 March 24-26
February 18-19 April 21-22
June 10-11 May 19-21
September 16-17 October 6-8

2018 Dates for Engaged Encounter

Covington Diocese Cincinnati Diocese
January 13-14 February 16-18
March 17-18 April 6-8
May 12-13 June 1-3
September 8-9 October 5-7

Covington Diocese Times: Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Cincinnati Diocese Times: Friday 7:30 p.m. – Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Kentucky Location:
Saint Anne Retreat Center
5275 St. Anne Drive
Melbourne, Kentucky 41059

Cincinnati Location: Sessions are held at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, OH.

Covington Diocese Cost: $210 per couple
Cincinnati Diocese Cost: $245 per couple

Registration: To register, go to the Covington-Cincinnati Engaged Encounter website. For more information contact Al or Melinda Kovacic by e-mail. Sessions are listed for both Covington and Cincinnati.


Natural Family Planning courses consist of three classes spaced one month apart.  The date given for each course below indicates the first class.  The listed schedule may not be complete as new courses are frequently added.

To register for a course, and for an up-to-date schedule, visit or call the Couple to Couple League, (513) 471-2000.  The cost is $140 per couple. NOTE: CCL’s online course is not approved under any circumstances for couples being married in the Diocese of Covington.

The Couple to Couple League offers three programs. Not all of these programs are approved by the Diocese of Covington. Please read the diocesan regulations before you register for an NFP course.
Diocesan regulations for Natural Family Planning are explained here on our website.

2017 Schedule

January 16 Monday Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 6:30 p.m.
January 17 Tuesday Mother of God 6:30 p.m.
February 11 Saturday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Ft. Thomas 10:00 a.m.
February 12 Sunday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood 6:30 p.m.
March 6 Monday Immaculate Heart of Mary 6:30 p.m.
April 18 Tuesday Mother of God 6:30 p.m.
May 13 Saturday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Ft. Thomas 10:00 a.m.
May 21 Sunday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood 6:30 p.m.
June 8 Thursday St. Joseph, Cold Spring 6:30 p.m.
July 18 Tuesday Mother of God 6:30 p.m.
August 13 Sunday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood 6:30 p.m.
September 9 Saturday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Ft. Thomas 10:00 a.m.
October 17 Tuesday Mother of God 6:30 p.m.
November 12 Sunday St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood 6:30 p.m.

The Couple to Couple League offers instruction in Spanish. For information or to register for a class (in Spanish only), contact:

Silvia Schmidt, CCL Teacher
513-471-2000, ext. 1031
859-380-2814, cell
Or by email,

NOTE: If you are divorced or widowed, discuss with your priest/deacon what preparation program would be best for you.

Scholarships, based on need, are available for all programs.  A letter of request and/or a financial aid application may be required.


St. Anne ConventEngaged Encounter

St. Anne Retreat Center
5275 St. Anne Drive
Melbourne, KY 41059

Take I-275 East in Kentucky to the Alexandria Exit (US 27 South/I-471 South.) Drive south on US 27 to Rt. 1998. Turn left on Rt. 1998. Turn right on Rt. 8. Turn right into St. Anne Drive. At the end of a long, tree-lined drive, the retreat center is the second building on the right.

Mary Queen of Heaven ParishLMAS

Mary Queen of Heaven Parish
1150 Donaldson Road
Erlanger, KY 41018-1048

I-75 to Erlanger Exit (184). West on Donaldson Rd. Mary Queen is on the right.

St. Pius X Parish – LMAS

St. Pius X Church
348 Dudley Road
Edgewood, KY 41017-2698

I-75 to I-275 East.  I-275 to Turkeyfoot Rd. Exit (82).  South on Turkeyfoot Rd.  Left on Dudley Rd. St. Pius X is on the left.

St. Timothy ParishLMAS

St. Timothy Church
10272 Highway 42
Union, KY  41091-0120

I-75 to Florence/Union Exit (180). South on US 42 approximately 4.4 miles. St. Timothy is on the left, across from Ryle High School.