www.foccusinc.com 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, (but do not require), that you complete the FOCCUS with your parish or priest before beginning any preparation sessions. Call your parish for their schedule and forms.
(Website Currently unavailable) This is the website for the Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral. All of the Marriage for Life preparation sessions are held here. The meeting rooms are very large, which allows us to always guarantee space for any engaged couple needing preparation, even at the last minute.
www.sfarchdiocese.org This is the website for the San Francisco Archdiocese. It is the best source for information about all the parishes that make up the archdiocese. It will also provide good information about ministries, schools programs, religious education, and events.
http://www.marriage.about.com Marriage.about.com is about getting married and staying married. It is full of articles, tips and advice. The focus is on the marriage relationship and communication, but there is a huge range of topics relevant to engaged couples, newly married couples, and married couples with a few years of experience.
http://foryourmarriage.org For Your Marriage was created by the United States Council of Bishops. Here you will find resources, articles and information about dating, engagement, parenting, and family issues. It is full of tips, quizzes and real-life stories.
www.gottman.com The Gottman Relationship Institute website offers workshops training and articles to strengthen the marriage relationship as well as professional therapy information.
www.sanfranciscowwme.org This is the website for Worldwide Marriage Encounter in the San Francisco area. Marriage Encounter is an enrichment program for married couples. A quote from the website: “The emphasis of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a marriage enrichment program, is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other.”
www.retrouvaille.org Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i) is a French word meaning rediscovery. This program is for couples with marital problems where both the husband and wife want to reconnect and take a path back to a successful marriage again. It consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months.
www.dsj.org The website for the San Jose Diocese. It provides the best information for San Jose parishes, schools, ministries, religious education, programs and events.
www.oakdiocese.org The website for the Oakland Diocese. It will provide the best information for the Oakland diocese parishes, schools, religious education, ministries, programs and events.
www.maweddingguide.com/planning/Ceremony/poetry.htm#hands This is a link to a prayer call “Hands” which we use frequently on our preparation sessions. This website also has other prayers for couples that you might find useful and appropriate.
http://camea.org This is the Chinese Language Marriage Encounter in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you know a couple who would benefit please visit the site.
www.clearmedicaresolutions.com This sitehas great information about Medicare and Medicare Solutions. If you have parents/grandparents who are 65 or older this site may be a good resource.