Before Cana

Once a year, St. Mary’s hosts a daylong Before Cana program for couples preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church. Our 2019 program will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Before Cana is a Buffalo diocesan requirement prior to being married in the Church. Through this guided encounter, engaged couples spend time alone, as well as in larger groups, focusing on such topics as the meaning of marriage as a sacrament; communication; commitment and fidelity, and sexuality in marriage. Before Cana was established at the parish level so that engaged couples could meet fellow parishioners as they fostered their faith experience.

For more information, please contact Deacon John Owczarczak at (716) 683-3269 or