Marriage Preparation Courses

Planning a Catholic Wedding?

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming marriage! We are here to help.

If you are planning to marry in the Catholic Church, the first thing you need to do is to engage a Catholic priest or deacon to marry you (your celebrant) or, if you are marrying in another diocese, you need a local priest or deacon to assist you with the official Church and Government paperwork (your local clergy contact).

To find a local priest or deacon to assist you, make enquiries in the parish where you live. Find it by entering your postcode here.

The priest or deacon will need at least 3-6 months’ notice in order to assist you. He can guide you regarding Government and Church requirements, preparation of your wedding booklet, arrangements for a wedding rehearsal, and so on.

Your celebrant will also let you know what 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:

The Archdiocesan / CatholicCare marriage preparation course is usually conducted on the first Tuesday evening of every month (except January) at the CatholicCare offices in Red Hill.

This session usually runs from 5pm to 9pm and involves each member of the couple filling out a detailed questionnaire called a FOCCUS Inventory. A face to face feedback session is usually arranged for some time later in the month to discuss the results of the questionnaire with a trained facilitator. A complimentary 6 month check-in with the facilitator is also offered to couples who would like to take up the option.

After completing the questionnaire, couples usually gather for a meal and to hear some input about Catholic marriage from a priest and from a married couple. Time is provided for each couple to draw aside in private to discuss the issues that are being raised.

However due to COVID restrictions only the following online options are currently on offer

  • A link to an online version of the FOCCUS Inventory will be sent to each member of the couple to complete individually.
  • On completion of the FOCCUS Inventory the couple will be contacted to book in a facilitated conversation with a CatholicCare counsellor via Zoom
  • Couples will be invited to a zoom get-together with other engaged couples in the diocese via zoom.
  • The cost is $250 per couple.

To register you will first need to pay securely online here Please select the Marriage Preparation option as the biller code and record your payment receipt number. Using your payment receipt number complete registration here.

Enquiries text or ring 0429 192 869

SmartLoving Engaged Online is an approved online Catholic Marriage Preparation course comprised of 9 Lessons of approximately 1.5 hours each.

Work at your own pace, when it suits you!

Ideally, one lesson per week gives you time to practice the tools and form new habits over a 3 month period. It can also be fast-tracked or spread out as required. At the end of the course, you will be emailed a certificate and course report to give to your celebrant.
Your celebrant may use the questions at the end of each chapter as an opportunity to discuss your preparation with you. You can also invite a mentor couple to journey with you at no extra cost.

Cost: $150 per couple including workbooks
To register, first make a secure payment here. Please select the Marriage Preparation option as the biller code and save your payment receipt number. Using your payment receipt number, complete you registration here.

Enquiries text or ring 0429 192 869

Evenings for the Engaged is a program run 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.
Cost $150 including catering and resources.
Register here or contact Pru and Peter Grist at prugordon@gmail.com

Next courses:

  • 13 & 20 March 2021, Murrumbateman
  • 10 & 17 July 2021, Murrumbateman
  • 6 & 13 November 2021, Murrumbateman

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend for engaged couples run in Sydney

While many couples attend each weekend, personal discussion only takes place between you and your fiancé. Private time is provided for each couple to build a closer relationship while exploring the following topics: your future lives together; your strengths and challenges; your desires, ambitions & goals; your attitudes about money, sex, children, family and your role in the church and society.
Cost approximately $290 not including accommodation.
Register here or contact Linda 0408 162 038
More information www.engagedencounter.org.au 

Proposed next courses:

  • February 20-21, 2021, St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills
  • May 1-2, 2021, St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills
  • August 7-8, 2021, St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills
  • November 13-14, 2021, St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills
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