Engaged couples are invited to prepare for marriage through St Peter’s Marriage Preparation course. It is conducted by four marriage catechists.
The day takes approximately four and a half hours with a lunch break half way through, giving the couples the opportunity to socialise with each other. The couples receive information on marriage as a Sacrament, the covenant of marriage and the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and family life in addition to helpful tips on communication within marriage and information on the wedding ceremony itself. There are many break out groups, giving couples the opportunity to discuss their personal views and to feed these back to the larger group if they wish.
We receive very positive feedback from the couples, who genuinely enjoy “getting down to the basics” of what marriage is all about when they are often caught up in a frenzy of choosing dresses, flowers, photographers etc. Most couples we see consist of one Catholic and one of another or no religion. The non-Catholics appreciate the opportunity to learn a little more about the Catholic faith and are reassured by the preparation.
Next session Saturday September 9th from 11 am until 4pm in the parish room.
Contact the parish priest for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marriage Preparation Facilitators’ Training
Sunday 11th June 2017 from 10am till 4pm at Gillis Centre
Would you like to support couples as they prepare for married life? Are you friendly and able to put others at their ease, and good at getting other people to talk about themselves? There are a few places still available for either individuals or married couples on the Prepare/Enrich facilitators training.
As part of their marriage preparation, engaged couples in the Archdiocese take part in Prepare/Enrich, a well-researched and recommended relationship programme. Prepare/Enrich uses an on line questionnaire to enable the couple to look closely at their relationship, especially how they communicate, make decisions and manage conflict. The couple then meet with a trained facilitator who helps them get the most from the experience. The next facilitator’s training takes place on Sunday 11th June 2017 from 10am till 4pm at Gillis Centre 100 Strathearn