Preparation for a Joy-Filled Marriage

Dear Newly Engaged Couple,


Congratulations on your engagement! It brings me great joy and you can count on the prayers  and support of our Foundation for a happy and joy-filled marriage.

On behalf of Renew the I do, I want to provide you with the tools and training that can assist you in experiencing a truly happy marriage and thriving in love! Today’s culture of non-commitment will put stress on any healthy Christian Marriage, which is why this marriage preparation program is so important.


Our Marriage Preparation emphasizes the importance of preparing for the many years of marriage that follow the wedding day. This includes preparing couples in a year long journey to discern their call to marriage, to learn what “I do” truly means, to pray together, and to practice key marriage skills.  


Alive in Christ,

Fr. Jay Donahue 

Upcoming Marriage Preparation Weekends:

August 7-9th, 2020

Beauty Shoppe Arsenal Motors

Pittsburgh, PA

October 23rd-25th, 2020

St. Joseph Parish

O'Hara Township

Text "renewtheido" to 84576

January 29th-31st, 2021
Saints John and Paul Parish

Sewickley, PA

April 16th-18th, 2021
St. Benedict the Abbot

McMurray, PA

"We are so thankful for the opportunities provided to us through Renew the I do's marriage preparation. Their diverse and dedicated team allowed us to learn and grow in various ways. We reflect back often on the conversations that were sparked through our weekend and utilize the tools we learned in our marriage now. Thank you to everyone at Renew the I do for supporting our marriage." ~Dave & Sarah

We take Marriage Preparation very seriously at Renew the 'I do'.
YOUR MARRIAGE matters and we CARE for the health and success of your marriage;
to not just survive but THRIVE!
We offer two tracks for engaged couples when it comes to marriage preparation:

1.The 'Joy-Filled Marriage' weekend which meets the canonical requirements to get married in the church. Our weekend is founded on the Ascension Press curriculum A Joy-Filled Marriage. The Joy-Filled Marriage weekend is led by a diverse and passionate team of speaker couples, balances sound Psychology & Theology, and prepares the couple to understand the Sacrament that they are entering into learning what they are really saying 'I do' to.

2. The 5 Step Prep, a personalized, deeper and additional on-going marriage preparation just for the couple. This does NOT replace the weekend it is done in addition to the weekend. Each couple is paired with one of our trained instructors to guide them through the 5 Step Prep.

If you have any questions about either track you can contact our Program Director, Ashley Dillon at 


Marriage Preparation Resources 

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