“The love of a man and a woman
is made holy in the sacrament of marriage
and becomes the mirror of God’s everlasting love.”

-Rite of Marriage

If you have clicked on this page, it probably means you are considering marriage or have become engaged.  Congratulations!


What Is Marriage Preparation?

Marriage Preparation provides an opportunity for reflection and discernment on the sacramental and vocational nature of the life-long commitment of marriage. St. Thomas Aquinas' preparation program is designed to ensure that the two of you have discussed both the spiritual and practical aspects of marriage. We ask that couples begin their marriage preparation at least six months to one year before their wedding date.  To begin the marriage preparation process:

  • Pray with each other and for each other.
  • Contact the priest who will preside at your wedding.  The church will be reserved at this time.  If you are celebrating your marriage at another parish or church confirm that the priest is comfortable with your choice to complete your preparation at St. Thomas Aquinas.  If you would like to celebrate the sacrament of marriage at  STA the priest can be contacted at (515) 292-3810 or by email (
  • If you would like to complete your marriage preparation at STA, Brenda Neppel will assist you with the process.  She can be contacted at