diocesan Marriage Preparation Program
Diocese of New Ulm Marriage Preparation Program
The diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is designed specifically for engaged couples. It is time set aside for engaged couples to explore and strengthen their relationship.
Through presentations given during each day-long program, engaged couples are challenged to reflect individually and to dialogue privately with each other about key aspects of married life: commitment (the meaning of sacramental marriage), communication (including intimacy and sexuality issues), conflict (including gender and personality issues, addictions, and the appropriate expression of anger), children (including natural family planning and parenting) career (including financial planning, work and lifestyle issues), and church (spirituality, faith and interfaith issues). The objective is discovery through honest communication.
The presentations are given by married couples and individuals trained for this ministry. The presenters are motivated by their concern for engaged couples and by their desire to strengthen marriage and family life. They generously share their experience regarding the joys and challenges of marriage and family life.
Program registration begins on a Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the first presentation scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 6:30 p.m. The program is conducted at the Church of St. Aloysius Jubilee Center in Olivia located behind the church at 302 South 10th Street. Registration for each day-long program is limited. Please register well in advance and indicate a second choice.
The Remarriage Preparation Program is designed for couples in these situations: one or both are divorced and the annulment process has been completed; one or both are widowed or already in a second marriage and desire to have their marriage validated in the Church.
In addition to topics covered in the regular marriage preparation program, the remarriage preparation program considers topics such as step-parenting and blending families, relating with a partner's former spouse and in-laws, and grieving issues related to divorce or death of a former spouse.