Marriage Preparation

 

  

Christian marriage “implies a response to God's vocation and the acceptance of the mission to be a sign of God's love for all the members of the human family, by partaking in the definitive covenant of Christ with the Church. Therefore, spouses become cooperators with the Creator and Savior in the gift of love and life. Hence Christian marriage preparation can be described as a journey of faith which does not end with the celebration of marriage but continues throughout family life.”  ~ Pontifical Council for the Family

 


Getting Started

Engaged Couples Guide
to Marriage Preparation 2013-2014

CHECK OUT OUR COLLECTION OF
MARRIAGE PREP VIDEOS

 

Must-Have Conversations

 

Marriage Unique for a Reason Website

 

Marriage - Sacrament & Vocation

The Living Sacrament: Marriage
     by Mother M. Angelica

 

The Sacrament of Matrimony
     Catechism of the Catholic Church

Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful LOVE

John Paul II, Love & Responsiblity

 

A Basic Theology of Marriage
     by Christopher West

 

Men, Women and the Mystery of Love
     by Edward Sri

 

Marriage: the Mystery of Faithful love
     by Alice Von Hildebrand

 

Sex, Love, and God: the Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism

      by Very Rev. Robert Barron

Prayer & Discernment

An Engaged Couple's Prayer


We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of each other’s feelings, and concerned for each other’s needs and desires. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love, especially during this preparation time. Reveal to us Your will for our vocations, and grant us the gift of discernment so that, in all things, our love may be fruitful for Your glory. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.  Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Our Lady, pray for us. Amen.

Who Me, Pray?...With Her?
     by Jim & Susan Vogt, MA, CFLE

 

Ignatian Prayer Time for Spouses (and Engaged Couples)

 

For more information on Prayer & Discernment CLICK HERE.

Media - Audio / Videos

The OMFRL Video Library has more than 20 short videos on marriage available online.  To begin viewing CLICK HERE.  To view a listing of descriptions of these videos, CLICK HERE.

A Surprise, A Pure Love Promise

Video by Jered and Jordan Schneider of lovebirdstudios.
lovebirdstudios is a husband and wife team wedding filmmakers based in St. Louis, MO


The Nature of Marriage
Fr. Jim Mason's talk on the Nature of Marriage: Asking the Right Question.

Marriage Prep in Our Diocese

Area Marriage Prep Programs:

Priests and others have generously volunteered their time and talents to lead a series of marriage preparation programs at various locations throughout the diocese to supplement the individual preparation received with the priest who is marrying the couple. (Click the City for detailed information.)

 

Aberdeen

Brookings

Mitchell

Sioux Falls

Vermillion

 

Engaged Encounter Weekends:

 

September 13-14, 2014 Brookings

October 25-26, 2014 Sioux Falls

November 8-9, 2014 Sioux Falls

 

Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, giving you the privacy to talk honestly and intensively with each other.  For more EE information, please contact Bart and Barbara Workman at esdcee@gmail.com. Registration forms must be mailed to: Engaged Encounter, Bart and Barbara Workman, 3800 S. Orchid Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, and cannot be submitted over the phone or by email.

 

EE 2014-2015 Registration Form

 

EE Website


FOCCUS Personal Inventory:

Diocesan marriage policy requires you to complete an evaluation of your relationship.  This evaluation is commonly referred to as a personal inventory.  The one primarily utilized in the Sioux Falls Diocese is FOCCUS. 

The priest or deacon preparing you for marriage will administer the inventory early on in your preparation.  To learn more about the FOCCUS Personal Inventory, CLICK HERE.


Living Together Before Marriage

Living Together
     by The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania

 

How Splitting Up Brought Them Together
     by Una McManus

Natural Family Planning
Your engagement is a great time to learn about and begin charting your fertility using Natural Family Planning.  To learn more CLICK HERE.
Recommended Books & CDs