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
Marriage Prep Videos
- Marriage Preparation – Preparing for a Joy Filled Marriage
- Human Sexuality and the Theology of the Body
- Natural Family Planning
Love is Our Mission – Small Group Study
The Diocese of Sioux Falls has adapted this text from the 2015 World Meeting of Families to help make it more accessible and easier to use for a small group or couple setting by developing 10 video studies. Included with each study is a discussion guide. CLICK HERE for this enrichment resource.
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. These programs are available in Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Vermillion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Upcoming Engaged Encounter Weekends
- March 11-12, 2017 – Sioux Falls – FULL
- April 29-30, 2017 – Sioux Falls – FULL
- May 20-21, 2017 – Watertown
- June 10-11, 2017 – Sioux Falls
Parish Marriage Preparation Resources and Forms
For a full range of resources and forms to be used in marriage preparation by priests, deacons and marriage sponsor couples, CLICK HERE
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.
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
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
Living Together Before Marriage
by The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania
How Splitting Up Brought Them Together
by Una McManus
Prayer & Discernment
An Engaged Couples 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
For more information on Prayer & Discernment CLICK HERE.
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.