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St. Joseph's Basilica Marriage Preparation Course

Marriage Preparation Course

The institution of marriage is a beautiful vocation, the beginning of family life and a great adventure. The Catholic Church rejoices in your decision to marry and wants to journey with you in your preparations and assist you in growing in your love for each other as well as in your relationship with Christ. Each person is called to prepare as well as possible to live our faith in our marriage and in our lives.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton takes your marriage very seriously, and wants to help you as you begin this process. As such, Catholic marriage preparation is mandatory for marrying in The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, and it is strongly recommended that the marriage course be taken at least 4-6 months before the wedding date.

During the marriage preparation process, you will receive:

  • Information about what the Church believes and teaches about Catholic marriage and family life.
  • Advice and practical assistance for your daily married lives together.
  • An introduction into Natural Family Planning, a method of planning your family that is both reliable and in harmony with God’s design for sexual intimacy and Church teaching. Natural Family Planning not only assists with planning or spacing births, but is also extremely effective in working with any infertility issues.
  • The witness of married couples to the sacrament of marriage and how it is lived in their lives.

We are proud to offer the Transformed in Love program. It is a comprehensive and practical approach to integrating human and faith formation, sexuality and dimensions of everyday family life such as household responsibilities, work, raising children, holiday celebrations, and finances. Couples will be provided guidance for their daily life as a married couple as well as tools and support for your journey together.
The registration fee for the course is $280.00 per couple.

Beginning in January 2017, and prior to taking the course, each individual needs to take a Couple Checkup. This is an online assessment tool designed to identify the unique relationship strengths and growth areas of engaged couples. Based on the results of a tailored premarital inventory, couples will receive a 20-page Couple Checkup report on their relationship. Couples will also receive an extensive Discussion Guide detailing proven relationship skills. Research has shown that taking Couple Checkup improves relationships by stimulating honest dialogue, increasing understanding, and empowering couples.

Early in January you will receive further instructions on how and when to take the Couple Checkup online assessment.

Please note that you must contact the parish where you Marriage Celebration is taking place and meet with the priest or his delegate before registering for the Basilica’s Marriage Preparation Course.

What to Expect—Tentative Course Schedule

Saturday

9am
Course begins in the O'Leary Hall of the Church.
To access the hall, please enter the door
just south of the piazza steps on 113 Street.


9am-12:30pm
Session


12:30pm-1pm
Lunch break: food provided


1:00pm-4:30pm
Session


4:30pm
Move to Church for Confession


 

Sunday

9am
Course resumes in the O'Leary Hall of the Church.


9am-12:30pm
Session and attend Mass


12:30pm-1pm
Lunch break: food provided


1:00pm-4:30pm
Session


4:30pm
End of course
 

Course Registration

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