Marriage Care provides a Preparing Together for Couples Marrying in the Catholic Church course. The course is designed to complement the preparation you may receive within your local place of worship, in addition to the material Marriage Care shares with you about building and sustaining relationships. The course is usually on Saturdays or over a series of evenings. It is enjoyable, revealing and rewarding.


For details of local courses contact the National Appointments Service on 0800 389 3801 or email

The day is from 9.45 am – 4.30 pm with lunch. The cost is £90 per couple.

During the coronavirus pandemic Marriage Care has moved all its face-to-face services to online alternatives using secure webcam and video conferencing technology – just like having face-to-face support, except you talk to a trained counsellor or marriage preparation facilitator online using a secure video link, similar to Skype or FaceTime.


Eligibility for Marriage at Worth Abbey:

A couple, of whom one or both live in the parish i.e. the villages of West Hoathly, Sharpthorne, Balcombe, Crawley Down and Turners Hill

A couple who are regular parishioners at Worth

Former students of Worth School

Members of the Lay Community of Saint Benedict

Couples must also give one year’s notice of their intention to marry at Worth.