Pre-Cana is the marriage preparation program that is required for all couples getting married in the Catholic Church. Pre-Cana is held at various parishes and locations throughout the Archdiocese. St Dorothy Parish offers the Pre-Cana program. The St Dorothy Pre-Cana program is facilitated by married couples of the parish.  Presently the Saint Dorothy Pre-Cana program is available twice a year.  One session is available in the Spring and one in the Fall. 

Upcoming Pre-Cana Sessions at St Dorothy Parish:

Spring 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM AND Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:30 AM until 1 PM.  This is a two-day session. 

Participation in both sessions is required. 


Fall 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM AND Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 8:30 AM until 1 PM.  This is a two-day session.  Participation in both sessions is required.

Additional Options: For additional Pre-Cana sessions, please visit

How to Enroll:
If you would like to attend a St Dorothy Pre-Cana session, please send an email to Deacon Joe McGonigal at  In the subject field, please list “Pre-Cana”, followed by the groom's last name.  
If you have any questions, please contact Joe at (610) 368-5614.

Information Needed:

  • Groom: Name, parish

  • Bride: Name, parish  

  • Church where you will be married

  • Phone number of the contact person


General Information:
The cost of Pre-Cana is $200 and should be paid 8 weeks prior to the session. 

At the time of enrollment, please send a check made payable to ‘St. Dorothy Parish’ and mail to:
St Dorothy Rectory
Attn: Deacon Joe McGonigal
4910 Township Line Rd.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

In order to facilitate an orderly session, it may be necessary to limit the number of participants.

All Pre-Cana Sessions will be held in the Parish Library, which is located in the basement of the Church at 4910 Township Line Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. 

For additional information, please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Family Life website at


4910 Township Line Rd

Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Phone: 610-789-7788/7338

Fax: 610-789-6936

Questions or comments? Contact Dan Hilferty at