Update - April 15, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Marriage Preparation courses facilitated by the Archdiocese of St. John`s are cancelled until clearance from Public Health allows us to continue. Any couple planning to be married in a Roman Catholic wedding during the pandemic and need to have a Marriage Preparation course completed prior to your wedding date, can do the online Marriage Preparation Course that has been approved by the Archdiocese. You may email Theresa Whiffen at twhiffen@rcsj.org or contact your parish as they have been provided with the information as well.

In the event that some of you may be postponing your weddings until after the Covid-19 and wish to wait until the Archdiocese is once again facilitating Marriage Preparation courses, please email Theresa Whiffen at twhiffen@rcsj.org to let her know and to be added to a master listing of couples to be notified when the Archdiocese is once again facilitating Marriage Preparation Courses. If you have not registered on the rcsj.org website for a Marriage Preparation course, please go to our website, rcsj.org and selection “Chancery/Marriage Tribunal” and then select “Marriage Preparation”. Complete the registration form and submit. In the interim, any couple who wants to do the online course, please do so but ensure that you forward a copy of verification of completed course to the parish in which you are getting married.

All parishes within the Archdiocese of St. John`s have been updated regarding the Marriage Preparation status. If any of you are considering postponing or have postponed your wedding dates, please connect with the parish that you originally booked.

As we navigate our way through this pandemic, let us ensure that we do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe.

If there is any further information you would like, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care and stay safe,


Marriage Preparation Program 

“[marriage preparation] …is a special opportunity for the engaged to rediscover and deepen the faith received in Baptism and nourished by their Christian upbringing. In this way, they come to recognize and freely accept their vocation to follow Christ and to serve the Kingdom of God in the married state.” – Familiaris Consortio, 51

Congratulations and blessings as you journey toward the day of your wedding! A warm welcome to Marriage Preparation through the Archdiocese of St. John’s. This time together will focus on various aspects of your commitment to one another.

Topics will include:

  • The Sacrament of Marriage
  • The Sacrament of Matrimony with a Mass and without Mass
  • Life & Health Issues from conception to natural death
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Wholesome Communication 
  • Financial Planning
  • Spirituality of the Couple
  • What it takes to make a marriage work

We will pray together and reflect on Sacred Scripture. 
Marriage is a serious and sacred commitment. This union of a man and woman is the basic unit of human society and of the Church. In this unique relationship, two persons make a solemn commitment to be totally for the other. Therefore, it deserves the most careful attention and preparation. Every marriage shares in God the Father’s creative love as an image of the Holy Trinity. Marriage in the Church has been elevated to a sacrament by Christ and gives witness to the presence of the Holy Spirit as it is lived out in the secular world. Spouses, therefore, enter into a new relationship with God who becomes permanently present in and central to their shared life. 

The Marriage Preparation Course is for couples who are exploring the idea of getting married and for those who are already engaged. It’s designed for those who want to give their marriage the best possible start, whether they’re exploring marriage for the first time or have been married before.

The upcoming course will be held at St. Peter's Parish, Ashford Dr., Mt. Pearl, Friday evening beginning at 7 pm., with registration beginning at 6:30 pm. The evening concludes at around 9 pm. The course continues Saturday morning at 9:30 am., and concludes at 4 pm. Lunch break will be from 12 noon – 1:00 pm.

The next Marriage Preparation Course will be held Sept. 27 & 28, 2019. 

The cost per couple is $100.00. Once again, registration will be held on Friday from 6:30 -6:50 pm.  All materials will be provided; a liturgy planning book can be purchased at a cost of $6.00.

If you require any further information please contact Theresa Whiffen, twhiffen@rcsj.org or 726-3660, ext 236.

We look forward to seeing you there for what we hope will be an informative and enjoyable experience. Blessings as you continue your preparations for your Married life together!


Father Ray Earle

Theresa & Gerry Antle


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Tribunal Members 

Judicial Vicar (Archdiocesan Tribunal)

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney, J.C.L.

Associate Judicial Vicars (Halifax Regional Tribunal)

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney,  J.C.L

Msgr.  Francis Puddister,  J.C.L


Reverend James Beresford,  J.C.L.

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney,  J.C.L.

Msgr. Francis Puddister,  J.C.L.

Defenders of the Bond 

Reverend Edward Sutton

Reverend William Brown,  S.J.


Msgr. Denis Walsh


Sister Rosemary Ryan,  R.S.M.

Sister Rosaline Hynes,  R.S.M.

Secretary | Notary

Mrs. Katrina Etchegary

Contact Us

Chancery | Marriage Tribunal

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

St. John’s, NL A1C 2E8

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 726-3688

Chancellor & Judicial Vicar

Very Reverend Stephen Courtney

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 250

Email: scourtney@rcsj.org​

Secretary / Notary

Mrs. Katrina Etchegary

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 234

Email: ketchegary@rcsj.org​