Will we be alone?
No, there will be about 40 or more other engaged couples.
When should we arrive?
Please try to arrive by 8:15am for check in. We will finish about 5pm.
What is the attire?
Dress is very casual.
Will you have coffee?
Yes, in the morning we’ll have coffee and some breakfast items. If you want to bring some snacks to share, please feel free to do so.
Will you serve lunch?
Yes, we’ll have sandwiches, salad and bottled water. If you want to bring other beverages or snacks, please feel free to do so.
Do we bring anything?
No, we will provide all the materials you will need.
Currently, every sacrament in the Catholic Church requires preparation. Marriage preparation is usually done, whenever possible, by married couples. This program attempts to convey a Catholic’s definition of “marriage as a sacrament” and what your choice to marry in the Church means to others. We do not attempt to convert anyone.
What is the FOCCUS?
The FOCCUS (Facilitate Open Caring Communication Understanding and Study) is a 156-item, research-based questionnaire which assesses couples’ agreement, disagreement, or indecision about statements related to important issues, such as communication, problem solving, religion, family and friends, careers, parenting, sexuality, finances and more. It is usually administered by your priest or parish. We recommend that you complete the FOCCUS before beginning any preparation sessions.
Are you marriage experts?
We are not experts or professional counselors. Our role is to be a facilitator, and to present topics and questions for you on which to write and reflect.
What can we expect?
The focus for the day will be the two of you, and your relationship. These sessions are unique times to discuss your hopes and dreams for your future.
Will we get a certificate?
Yes. Each couple will recieve a Certificate of Completion at the end of the day. It is generally accepted in all diocese worldwide.
Why do we need to work with a local priest?
Even if you will be married in another state or country, The diocese where you live is usually responsible for creating a “file” on your wedding and preparation including baptismal and confirmation records, FOCCUS results, and other civil paperwork.