The Sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation, a public commitment between a man and a woman to spend a lifetime together creating and nurturing life, and helping each other to become their best self in Jesus, in life and to others. The sacrament is a visible sign of God’s unconditional love for us and brings grace and joy to the new couple.
Engaged couples must allow a minimum of nine months preparation time before the scheduled wedding date. However, couples most benefit from marriage preparation if their FOCCUS facilitation and retreat or workshop steps are completed six months prior to their wedding day.
A wedding date will not be set until the preparation process is completed if either of you will be less than 19 years of age on the day you plan to marry.
If either or both of you have been previously married and civilly divorced, a written decree of nullity (annulment) is required prior to registering for marriage preparation.