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The Marriage Preparation Program is in need of committed Catholic couples who are willing to share their marriage and faith with newly engaged couples. There are several ways you can serve:
The Real Life, Real Love program is a witness and dialogue day led by a team of married couples and clergy/pastoral ministers sharing their experiences on key relationship issues including self awareness, communication, intimacy, and marriage as a faith journey. Engaged couples spend significant time dialoguing privately on these issues.
What are the skills and experiences that would most benefit engaged couples as they prepare for marriage? Are you willing to share your experiences with them? If so, we need you to be part of the team!
New Team Couples are usually trained with another new couple by a seasoned Team Couple. The couple prepares two presentations over a 1-2 month training period that can be scheduled according to their personal, work, and family needs. A training manual is provided that describes the procedures for the day and guidance on how to write the presentations.
A new Team Couple may also attend an Introductory Training Session that will familiarize them with all aspects of the Marriage Preparation Program. This will count as the first session in their 1-2 month training period. The following sessions will allow them to develop their presentations and can be scheduled according to their needs.
Upcoming Introductory Trainings for the Real Life, Real Love Program
Have you been influenced by St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body? Are you willing to respond to the Church's urgent need to strengthen marriages? Are you confident of the beauty of the Church's teachings on marriage and sexuality and willing to boldly confront the culture's contraceptive mentality?
The Diocese of Madison is blessed to have the God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage program that clearly lays out the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality. The world is in great need of an authentic understanding of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, to love as God loves, to entrust your marriage to the Designer of Marriage. The program uses the Theology of the Body to lay a foundation for the Church's understanding of marriage and love and provides practical insight into how married couples can live the gift of love honestly, in accordance with our marriage vows.
We are in need of individuals and married couples to facilitate the God's Plan program throughout the diocese. Will you join us?
Training begins with a Friday night through Saturday session that covers basics of marriage preparation in the diocese and program methodology. Trainees then meet according to their own schedules with an existing facilitator to practice training methods and prepare for first God’s Plan session.
Upcoming Introductory Trainings for God's Plan Program
Many couples want to help but aren't quite ready to lead a day - whether they are not sure of the time commitment or their comfort level with leading. A great way to "check it out" is to be a host couple and help with setup and meal arrangements for sessions at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison. In particular, help is needed for the weekend retreats. To get involved, contact the Marriage Preparation Coordinator.
FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory designed to provide engaged couples and those working with them a personalized profile of what is needed in their marriage preparation process. Many parishes around the diocese use this diagnostic tool, and it's a great way for engaged couples to form mentoring relationships with experienced married couples. You don't need to be perfect, just willing to share your marriage and your faith! Contact your parish to see if you can be involved in FOCCUS.