Christian Marriage is a sacrament in which the bride and groom are the celebrants. Therefore, the Church requires ardent preparation of the engaged couple as they plan for this special time in their lives. This process involves three phases. Contact the church office at least six months prior to when you would like to have your celebration of Marriage.
Your first meeting with the priest or deacon will include getting to know you as a couple and explaining the marriage preparation process required at St. Theresa’s. A prenuptial questionnaire is completed and the FOCCUS (Focus on Open Couple Communication) instrument is administered. You will meet with a priest or deacon for several sessions to review this material. After this meeting you may schedule your wedding.
The priest will have you attend one of the retreats and contact the Sponsor Couple Coordinator to be assigned a couple to meet with.
Diocesan Engaged Encounter: A weekend retreat with other engaged couples where married couples share experiences of married life so that the engaged couple develops skills to assist them in communication, sharing feelings and understanding the marital commitment from a Christian Catholic perspective.
Sponsor Couple Preparation: This encompasses several meetings in the home of a married sponsor couple who exemplify a firm marital commitment themselves.
Diocesan Marriage Preparation: “Together in God’s Love: An Introduction to Catholic Marriage,” a diocesan program for those getting married in the Catholic Church, is held at the