Local parishes determine the program for forming and preparing couples for marriage.
The following are examples of programs commonly offered in the United States.
Using very practical, multi-sensory, and active learning techniques, the program focuses on the areas of Faith, Communication, Sexuality, and Stewardship to express marriage as a communion of persons, just as the Holy Trinity is a communion of persons.
It is attentive to various learning styles as well as cultural diversity through the use of language, games, role playing, and self-assessments.
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Marriage preparation programs also supply couples with proven strategies for overcoming tough times.
The formal marriage preparation process varies from parish to parish, but it usually involves one or more of the following ingredients: Inter-faith couples (a Catholic marrying someone who practices a religion other than Christianity) may wish to spend extra time exploring issues around their different faith traditions during the marriage preparation process; fortunately, there are many resources available to help.
It is led by a team of married couples and a priest who present on topics such as ambitions, goals, attitudes about God, sex, money, children, family, and your role in the Church and community.
The members of the presenting team discuss these issues in the context of their own experience, sharing their personal stories.