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STEPS FOR COUPLES IN MARRIAGE PREPARATION

PERMISSION

Obtain permission from pastor to register for marriage preparation at least six months before the wedding, and receive a copy of the Engaged Couple Guide for Marriage Preparation.

 

FOCCUS

Fill out a FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory, a 151-item questionnaire designed to provide a personalized profile of a couple’s relationship, its strengths and challenges. Discuss the results with a trained FOCCUS facilitator.

 

PROGRAMS

Choose a marriage formation seminar or retreat.

 

MARRIAGE: A JOURNEY FOR LIFE

Sponsor: Center for Family Life Formation, Archdiocese of Omaha

Length: A Friday session from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Types: Developed for couples who are entering a first marriage or who are civilly married and now preparing for a sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church.

Facilitators: married couples, deacons and their wives

Urban parish locations and dates (Omaha unless noted): April 22-23 St. Gerald, Ralston; May 6-7 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; May 20-21 St. Patrick, Gretna; June 17-18 St. James; June 24-25 St. Pius X; July 22-23 St. Leo the Great; Aug. 5-6 St. Gerald, Ralston; Sept. 9-10 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; Oct. 14-15 St. Gerald, Ralston; Nov. 18-19 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; Dec. 2-3 St. James.

Rural locations and dates: Aug. 19-20 St. Benedict Center, 1126 Road I, Schuyler; Sept. 23-25 Sacred Heart Parish Center, 2301 Madison Ave., Norfolk; Nov. 11-12 St. Benedict Center.

Cost: $150

 

MARRIAGE: A JOURNEY FOR LIFE REMARRIAGE

Sponsor: Center for Family Life Formation, Archdiocese of Omaha

Length: A Friday session from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Type: Developed for couples when one or both have been married before. Special attention is given to topics specific to marriage after the loss of a previous relationship through death or divorce and annulment.

Facilitators: married couples, deacons and their wives

Urban parish locations and dates, in Omaha: July 8-9, Oct. 7-8 both at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Rural locations and dates:

April 15-16 St. Benedict Center, 1126 Road I, Schuyler.

Cost: $150

 

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER

Sponsor: Catholic Engaged Encounter Inc., an approved education program for marriage preparation.

Length: An overnight retreat held in Omaha at the Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center, 3330 N. 60th St.; and in Norfolk at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 2300 Madison Ave.

Facilitators: A team of two married couples and clergy.

Urban dates: June 11-12; Sept. 24-25; Oct. 22-23

Rural dates: July 30-31; Sept. 24-25

Cost: $200

WEB: Omaha: omahacee.org; Northeast Nebraska: catholicee.com

 

IN ADDITION

Natural Family Planning (NFP) concepts are included in the marriage preparation programs. A full course of NFP is highly recommended for all couples.

Parenting classes are encouraged for any couple bringing children to their marriage. They are required for couples who have children from a previous marriage. Cost for the Center for Family Life Formation’s two-hour class is included in the registration fee for marriage preparation couples; $25 for couples outside of marriage preparation.

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