GETTING MARRIED? CONGRATULATIONS!
Your choice to get married is one of the most important decisions of your whole life. To help you fully prepare to live out your vocation as husband and wife, the Church requires that you participate in a two-part Marriage Preparation Process. This process is designed to help you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and to introduce you to the beauty and richness of the Church's teachings on marriage and the family.
Couples requesting Marriage in a parish of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface must meet with their parish priest or parish life director at least six months (preferably 12 months) prior to their intended marriage date. Please do not set a firm date for your wedding until after this initial meeting. After this meeting, please make sure to register for both components (Part 1 & Part 2) of the Marriage Preparation Process. For any questions, please contact the Service of Marriage, Family and Life.
|Part 1 – Marriage Preparation Course/Sessions|
Click HERE for the 2019 Calendar of Marriage Preparation Sessions. (Registration information is found in the document).
|Part 2 – Fertility Health Awareness Seminar|
Held once a year, this 3-hour seminar gives engaged couples the opportunity to discover the various methods of Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness, as well as to receive certified teaching on one of the methods. This year’s Fertility Health Awareness Seminar will be held in April of 2020 (date to be announced), from 6:30 – 9:30 PM in the St. Boniface Cathedral Hall.
All engaged couples must register and attend the Fertility Health Awareness Seminar. There is no cost to attend. Couples receive a certificate of attendance at the seminar.
Archdiocesan Curriculum for Marriage Preparation
The Archdiocese offers different types of marriage preparation programs. The curriculum covers topics and objectives that should be included in marriage preparation sessions throughout the Archdiocese. That is not to say that all sessions must be exactly the same. The curriculum should be used as a guide, along with resources, in order to ensure that the training be as complete as possible, throughout the Archdiocese.
Click HERE for the Archdiocesan Curriculum for Marriage Preparation.
Other Resources for
For Better & For Ever: www.marriagepreparation.com
One of the programs used in the diocese, which is mentorship-based. The website has various resources for engaged couples, sponsor couples and the clergy.
Catholic Marriage Prep: www.catholicmarriageprep.com
If an engaged couple is pressed for time or if it is impossible for them to attend an in-person marriage preparation session, it is recommended that they register for this online program.
FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory: www.foccusinc.com
The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage. It is a 156-item tool that should be used before or in conjunction with a marriage preparation program.