Marriage is an important Sacrament. A sufficient period is given to its preparation. Like most Catholic dioceses, the Diocese of San Bernardino requires couples to contact the parish church at least six months before the marriage. The following is part of that preparation.
You are encouraged to contact your priest and begin formal marriage preparation as soon as you make a decision to marry. As a minimum requirement you must contact the priest and begin your preparation at least six months before the proposed wedding date.
This is not intended as a “Waiting Period” but rather one of preparation. Therefore the process of such preparation should begin at the first meeting with the priest. Concern with the immediate preparation for the wedding itself can make it difficult for the couple to benefit fully from the preparation itself. Thus it is highly desirable for the couple to complete all the steps of preparation at least two months before the wedding date.
The following is part of the preparation
[info_list connector_color=”#666666″ connector_animation=”fadeInUp” icon_bg_color=”#da5455″ icon_color=”#ffffff” font_size_icon=”24″][info_list_item list_title=”PMI/FOCCUS” list_icon=”Defaults-graduation-cap”]During the preparation period, the Priest or Deacon helping the couple will provide what is called the Pre-Marital Inventory and/or PMI/FOCCUS
. Each of these programs aids the couple examining mutual feelings and expectations marriage. Through these programs, the couple develops a mature and solid relationship necessary for marriage.It is to be noted that the priest helping the couple may determine there is a question regarding the couple’s readiness for marriage. He may refer the couple to a professional for evaluation and assessment.
Persons under the age of 19 who wish to marry will be asked to receive individual evaluative counseling before the marriage can be arranged.[/info_list_item][/info_list]
Besides the PMI/FOCCUS Program, the couple attends the following Preparation Program:
[info_list icon_bg_color=”#da5455″ icon_color=”#ffffff” font_size_icon=”24″][info_list_item list_title=”Pre-Cana Conference” list_icon=”Defaults-graduation-cap”]One day (Saturday) or two evenings as per a schedule a couple will be given.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”Engaged Encounter” list_icon=”Defaults-graduation-cap”]A weekend (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) to be shared by the couple with others preparing for marriage. This weekend experience assists in developing communication skills by giving each person the opportunity for honest, intensive sharing about their future lives together. The schedule for the Engaged Encounter may be obtained from the Wedding Coordinator.[/info_list_item][/info_list]Attendance at Engaged Encounter is mandatory for all couples.