The weekend retreat offers a “time out” where engaged couples can dialogue intensively about prospective lives together and hear helpful presentations from married couples.
The Catholic Church has long been a leader in providing high-quality marriage preparation programs for engaged couples.
The Church rejoices with you as you prepare to enter the Sacrament of Marriage and embark on this great vocation of love and service.
These programs come in many forms: weekend retreats, a series of evening meetings, one-day events, online programs, or meetings with a priest or mentor couple.
But they all share the common goal of providing engaged couples with the knowledge, skills, and formation they need to have a happy, holy, lifelong marriage.
The DVD includes videos by pastoral leaders and the witness of real-life couples unscripted in their homes.
An online library includes free resources to support marriage ministry coordinators, mentors, and engaged couples: .Married couples of the parish are trained to meet the engaged “where they are” as the starting point for dialogue about the vocation of Matrimony.The sponsor couple hosts a series of 4-6 meetings with the engaged couple in their own home, then after the wedding they follow-up with the newly married couple through the first year(s) of marriage.Contact: Ave Maria Press, 800-282-1865 Joy-Filled Marriage Includes a virtue-based life skills component (“Living a Joy-Filled Marriage”) and a component focused on the Sacrament of Marriage and the Theology of the Body (“God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage”). The two parts can be used separately, perhaps as a supplement to an existing marriage prep program, or together. Contact: [email protected], 1-800-376-0520 The Picture of Love Marriage Preparation Program is available for both Engaged Couples and Convalidation Couples explores the joys and challenges of living out the Sacrament of Matrimony with special focus on the importance of inviting Jesus to be the center of marriage and family life.Originally released in 2002, Picture of Love is an officially sanctioned and proven Marriage Preparation Program, currently used in Catholic parishes and dioceses across the nation.Contact: Craig Dyke, [email protected] was created by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to blend marriage preparation and evangelization.