Marriage
Part 6 Easter

Chapter 61 Marriage Preparation

Preliminary Questions

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Preliminary Questions

 

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1. If you run a parish site, let engaged couples know what they'll need to do to marry in the parish church. This usually includes contacting the parish at least six months in advance, obtaining a recent copy of baptismal certificates, going through a marriage preparation course, and going through an interview with a priest or deacon. Add any local requirements that exist.

2. Let couples know about marriage-enrichment programs in your area. These include Engaged Encounter for couples preparing to marry, Marriage Encounter for those looking to deepen their commitment, and Retrouvaille for troubled marriages. The Web sites have info on dates and locations across the U.S.

3. AmericanCatholic.org's feature on the Sacrament of Marriage has articles and FAQs on marriage, including how to help interchurch marriages succeed and the importance of forgiveness in marriage. Feel free to link to it from your site.

4. People who have been married before, or who wish to marry someone with a prior marriage, often have questions about the Church's marriage laws and annulments. The marriage section at OnceCatholic.org provides material on the topic and trained companions ready to explain what the Church teaches and why.

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