“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so then, they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
(Matt 19: 5,6)
Marriage is a special sacrament uniting a man and a woman in faithful love for their natural lives. God’s blessing on this love is a rich and rewarding gift which will bear fruit throughout their married days. Statistics increasingly show that couples who undertake marriage preparation have a far greater chance of a happy fulfilling marriage, and we certainly want that for you. Here at St Francis of Assisi Parish, engaged couples receive pre-marriage education and mentoring from a team including the priest and married couples of the parish.
Using the resources and material of the SmartLoving Engaged course couples will meet with a mentor couple from our parish who are trained to assist you prepare practically and spiritually for this wonderful adventure which is your married life together. The course is made up of six sessions and the topics discussed cover many issues facing couples in married life, from faith to cultural differences, to family influences and finances. To find out more about the course and content of each session, visit the SmartLoving Engaged website.
Finally you will spend some time with your priest to complete the preparation and to consider the practicalities of the ceremony.
We are delighted that you are asking to receive the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. To begin your preparation course or to find out more please contact our parish priest.