Purpose of Sessions
“The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God’s covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man and woman. And this is very beautiful!”
(Pope Francis General Audience, April 2, 2014)
Candy Metoyer (English)
(213) 637-7250, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graciela Villalobos (Spanish)
(213) 637-7561, email@example.com
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM
To provide an opportunity for engaged couples to assess their readiness for marriage and to assist them in understanding that marriage is a Vocation, a Covenant and a Sacrament.
The programs consist of presentations to engaged couples on topics such as the sacramentality and spirituality of marriage, family of origin, communication, finances, and intimacy. The sessions are facilitated by Priests, Deacons, and Married Couples.
WHEN TO ATTEND
The engaged couple is asked to attend their marriage preparation program
during the first three months of the required six-month preparation time.
No certificate is issued to anyone who arrives late or leaves early.
REGIONAL MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMS
2017 Marriage Preparation Schedule Book (PDF) - new!
TYPES OF MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMS
• Regular Marriage Preparation Program
The one day or three or four evening programs are for engaged couples who are being married for the first time. Engaged couples who attend these sessions have not been previously married to each other civilly nor have they been previously married to another party (e.g., annulment, widowed).
• Convalidation Marriage Preparation Program
These programs are for couples who are previously married in a civil ceremony. This type of preparation can also be beneficial for the couple who has lived together for an extended period of time.
• Engaged Encounter Weekends
This is a weekend experience that is designed to encourage the
engaged couples to participate in personal reflection and dialogue.
ONLINE MARRIAGE SUPPORT RESOURCES:
For Your Marriage: USCCB Marriage and Family Life Website
The "For Your Marriage" website offers practical help and advice whether you're seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. Available on the homepage: the Daily Marriage Tips, book reviews, and blogs by engaged and married couples. www.foryourmarriage.org
Direct link to resources recommended by the USCCB
OTHER MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAMS:
A Marriage Preparation Inventory
Everyone dreams of having a dynamic marriage
Great communication is essential to having a great marriage. The Better Together Inventory is a questionnaire designed to spark incredible conversations between engaged couples.
Using the Inventory is simple.
- Fill out the form below to receive a link to your Inventory
- Answer the questions and submit your questionnaire
- Use your results report to start a conversation
We hope this tool is the first step in a beautiful journey filled with a lifetime of great conversations.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION BOOKS:
The Five Love Languages, author Gary Chapman. Moody Publishers
In Good Times and Bad authors M. Gary Neuman and Melisa Neuman
Financial Peace author: Dave Ramsey
Why Enough is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries about Money – A Catholic Perspective by Gregory S. Jeffrey
The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach by Dr. Peter Kleponis
My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints by Dawn Eden
Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution by Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield