Marriage Prep

On behalf of Renew the 'I do’ Foundation, congratulations on your engagement! 
You can count on our prayers and support for a long, happy and joy-filled marriage!
Our Joy-Filled Marriage preparation program will provide you with the best tools and training techniques, so that you both can experience a truly thriving marriage!  Through a balance of theology, psychology and stories from our dynamic speaker team, we emphasize the importance of fully understanding the sacrament of marriage and preparing for the many years that follow your wedding day.  Led by a passionate team of speaker couples, you’ll be guided to discern your call to marriage, learn what “I do” truly means, practice praying together and working on key marriage skills.  
It brings me great joy to be a part of your marriage journey!
Alive in Christ,
Fr. Jay Donahue 
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"I came into the weekend probably more as a 'cultural Catholic'  but I left wanting to be a 'real' Catholic."

"I fell in love with God more, and my fiancé all over again."

"This weekend surpassed our expectations! The speakers were so well spoken and amazing, you guys should go on a tour, take this on the road!”

"Thank you for your authenticity, not just sharing the positive aspects of marriage but the hard but real aspects of marriage."

“The vows presentation made me tear up and taught me how to better love God and love best as a husband.“

"We were so very moved by practicing our vows together in first session."

What Couples are Saying

Quotes from our April 2021 Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend - Lawrenceville


Joy-Filled Marriage Preparation Courses

Renew the 'I do's Joy-Filled Marriage Preparation courses are the foundation of this initiative and are now being offered in four ways:   

  • In-person weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

  • Virtual LIVE STREAM via ZOOM on in-person weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

  • Private ONE on ONE sessions

  • 5 week series (Thursday Evenings)

Upcoming Weekends

August Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend

August 6-8th, 2021

Beauty Shoppe Arsenal Motors, Lawrenceville

October Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend

October 22-24, 2021

Saint Joseph, O’Hara Township

January '22 Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend

January 28-30, 2022

Saints John and Paul, Sewickley

March '22 Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend

March 18-20, 2022

Beauty Shoppe Arsenal Motors, Lawrenceville

May '22 Joy-Filled Marriage Prep Weekend

May 20-22, 2022

Beauty Shoppe Arsenal Motors, Lawrenceville


Alternative Options

One-on-One Joy-Filled Marriage Prep

In this one on one version; you will be guided by a trained facilitator to walk through this lively, insightful, and resourceful marriage preparation experience with your future spouse. 

5-week Series (Thursday Evenings)

Join us for weekly group sessions of interactive and educational marriage preparation. 


Check back soon for dates of upcoming sessions.   

Our programs meet the canonical requirements to be married in the Catholic Church and is founded on the Ascension Press curriculum. If you have any questions about the Joy-Filled Weekends you can contact our
Program Director, Ashley Dillon at 

5 Step Prep 

"5 Step Prep" is an additional marriage preparation experience personalized just for the couple.  Each couple is paired with one of our trained instructors to walk with them through each of the five meaningful steps.


This program alone does not meet the canonical requirement, rather it is done as a beautiful supplement to the Joy-Filled Marriage Preparation weekend.  


If you have any questions about The 5 Step Prep, contact our Director of Family Life, Dolores Shipe at

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What People Are Saying about the 5 Step Prep

By going through these steps,
we found ourselves more excited about planning for our marriage and lifetime  together than on our reception details."
~Ben & Kate
"We are so grateful that we had our preparation with Renew the 'I do'!
We believe it is making us view this hardship so much differently and know that our faith and love will overcome this."
~Anthony & Maria
"The Five Step Prep Program has been a wonderful help to me preparing my engaged couples. It's a comprehensive and joyful program that brings couples together for unique activities that make for an enriching
personal experience."

~Fr. Thom Miller

Photos from Our Marriage Prep Events


Meet the Joy-Filled Weekend Team


Carla Sandy

Resolving Conflict in Marriage

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John and Maria Hayden

Building Happiness- Time, Talent and Treasure

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Sean and Emily Hannon

Sexual Honesty Before and Within Marriage

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Vinny and Christina Costain

Intimacy and Prayer

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Matt and Jill Kaufman

To What are You Really Saying
"I Do" to?

PJ and Ashley Dillon

Joy-Filled Weekends,

Program Director

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Fr. Adam Potter

How to Beat the Odds

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Joe and Meghan Austin

Joy-Filled Weekends Facilitating Couple

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Pete and Laura Bianco

Marriage from the Beginning and How Christ Restores

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Jim and Regina Donahue

Communication and Love Language within Marriage

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Randy and Lisa Koslosky

Navigating Infertility in Marriage

Jeff and Alyssa Olenych

Building Happiness- Time, Talent and Treasure

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Dave and Maria Phelps

Organic Married Sex and Baseball

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Mike and Dolores Shipe

What is Organic Married Sex?

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Teddy and Katie Sweeney

Marriage, a Witness of Love and Mercy

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Nate and Bethany Wigfield

Marriage Mission & Role of Virtue 

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Dan and Christina Gallagher

Communication and Love Language within Marriage

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Tony and Tina Rossi

Sexual Honesty Before and Within Marriage

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Dan and Heidi Flaherty

Why Prayer is Important for your Marriage


Walt and Jackie Schratz

Communication and Resolving Conflict


Joe and Katie Henkles

Sexual Intimacy Before and Within Marriage


Ryan and Marta LeGrand

Inviting God into your Marriage