(Closed) Boston Pre Cana

posted 9 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My husband and I did Pre-Cana at the Espousal Retreat Center in Waltham.  I couldn’t find any that were single days, but this one is one evening (Saturday) and a full day (Sunday with lunch and mass).  They have an option for staying overnight, but since we had a dog and live in Arlington, we just went home.

It was a pretty large group, there were no direct quetions about who’s living together, no uncomfortable one-on-one with the priest, and all of the personal stuff was done one-on-one with your Fiance.

It wasn’t that useful for us because we had already discussed everything they covered.  But it was relatively painless.

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Post # 5
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Erindesmar – try to find a catholic church that is one of the ‘orders.’  sorry – i’m a bad catholic and don’t know how to explain it better.  by ‘orders’ i mean something like franciscan.  they are much more liberal than a traditional catholic church – while still being a catholic church.  my Fiance and i belong to a church in hartford that is run by franciscans.  they live by their ‘open minds open hearts open doors’ policy.  that means if you are divorced, or gay or whatever – you are welcome in the church.  (it is st patrick st anthony church)

if you can’t find what you are looking for in the boston area – i can not speak more highly of our one day pre cana at our church in hartford.  it was fun and the couples that spoke to us told us they lived together before they were married, and they were super about everything. we were so pleasantly surprised.  among other things, we were told that god can exist in our love of nature, or in a church.  this church is the reason my Fiance and i started going to church again!  the pre cana was great – they even ended the day with wine and hors d’oeuvres!

also – i am from belmont, ma.  i’ll ask my dad if he knows of anything in the area like st patrick st anthony in hartford.  in the meantime, if you don’t mind taking a 1.5 hour road trip for your pre cana, you can get more info on st patrick st anthony at <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”border-collapse: collapse; color: #008000; font-family: arial; font-size: 13px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px”>www.spsact.org

Post # 7
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

st. ignatius loyola, which is at the end of the B line near BC, is WONDERFUL. I have yet to do pre cana, but go to this church and have had wonderful experiences there. The priests and parishoners are very enlightened and welcoming. can’t reccomend it enough!!!

Post # 8
16 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

One of my friends went to the Paulist Center in Boston.  She said it was a great experience and more like only half a day.  She strongly recommended it!

Post # 9
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I second LisaBee on St. Ignatius. I went to BC, and our churches are the best! haha.  But in all honesty my brother and sister in law were married there a few years ago and I’m fairly certain it was a one day thing. All the priests are very "cool" because they deal with students on a regular basis. I’ll try to find out more info for you!

Post # 10
10 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009


I’m not sure if you’re North or South of Boston. But, we went to St. Anne’s in Peabody. It was a 2 day program. They were very open and welcoming. More than 50% of out Pre-Cana class was already living together, and they actually encouraged talking about it. No shunning whatsoever.

Post # 12
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second the Paulist Center on Park St. – we went there for a Saturday to do our Pre Cana.  It was led by a married couple and a priest.  There were a lot of couples there, many interfaith, and very well run.  We enjoyed it and it actually was a nice afternoon of getting to talk to one another about things that don’t always come up in day to day life. 

Post # 13
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

We went to the Paulist Center– and we chose it because it was only 1 day. We actually got a 1 hour lunch break, and got out early. Virtually painless. 🙂

Post # 14
44 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

I definitely third (or fourth) the Paulist Center, especially if you’re not super religious, or if (gasp) you’re co-habitating, like we are.  The part I liked best about it was that all of the sharing was done with your future spouse, not with a large group, so no awkwardness.  And it’s on Park Street, right across from the Common, which is a great place to wander around for a while.  Good luck!

Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We went to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Andover, MA, because we were unable to attend the pre-cana at our local church in Cambridge. It is definitely not overly religious/judgy, and there is always a big group there, so you won’t be forced to talk. Only downside is that it is two weekends for 4 hours as opposed to 8 hours on 1 day.


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