Marriage Preparation Courses

Planning a Catholic Wedding?

If you are planning to marry in the Catholic Church the most important thing you need to do is to engage a celebrant (Catholic priest or deacon) to marry you. Your intended celebrant will need 3-6 months notice and will be able to guide you in the matters of Marriage Preparation courses, Government and Church paperwork, preparation of your wedding booklet, arrangements for a wedding rehearsal, and so on. Your celebrant will inform you as to the marriage preparation he would like you to undertake. Marriage preparation will usually include a few meetings with your celebrant as well as one or more of the following pre-marriage education options:

Evenings for the Engaged is a series of sessions for engaged couples run one evening a week for five weeks OR over two consecutive Saturdays(9am-3pm). There are between 6-8 couples in each course, private time is provided for each couple to build a closer relationship while exploring important topics.
The course is presented by married couples and topics include, Family of Origin, Communication, Intimacy in Marriage, The Sacrament of Marriage (presented by a Priest), God in Marriage, Building a Stronger Marriage. The cost is $150 which includes catering and resources. For more information contact Mark and Kathy Haseler on 02 6166 7634 or at
Next course: Commences Thursday, 30th August 2018 at 6.30 pm and every Thursday for five-weeks concluding Thursday 27 September 2018

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend for engaged couples run in Sydney. While many couples attend together, private time is provided for each couple to build a closer relationship while exploring the following topics: their future lives together; their strengths and weaknesses; their desires, ambitions & goals; their attitudes about money, sex, children, family and their role in the church and society. Cost approximately $250 ($370 with accommodation) Call 02 9868 2924 or visit

The FOCCUS Inventory involves one evening sessions and a follow up feedback session. The evening session is conducted on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) at the CatholicCare office at Red Hill.  This session runs from 5.00pm to 9pm and involves the couple filling out a detailed questionaire. A feedback session is then arranged sometime later in the month. After the questionnaire couples gather for a meal and then hear some input about marriage from a priest and from a married couple. Time is provided for each couple to drawer aside in private to discuss the issues that are being raised. Cost is $340 per couple. To book in phone 02 6162 6100.

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