Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation usually starts about 6 months before the wedding and there are three required parts. 

 

Foccus

The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage, and who become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators.The FOCCUS© Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.

To learn more about FOCCUS and to schedule this required inventory as part of your marriage preparation, contact the parish office at 812-367-1212.

Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend experience with other engaged couples that affords time together to plan for sacramental marriage. Couples are provided the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together—their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitude toward money, sex, children, family, and their role in the Church and society—in a face to face way. Trained facilitators lead the program.

Please try to attend Evansville's retreat, but if this does not work, Owensburo's retreat or Louisville's retreat are also acceptable.

Meeting with the Priest/Deacon

During the meetings, you will go over other marriage preparation questions or whatever is still needed as directed by the priest/deacon.

Couple Sponsorship 

This is optional (but recommended) if you attend Engaged Encounter. Please ask the priest/deacon if you want to participate in this.

 

Rules and Regulations on Planning the Sacrament of Marriage

This Handbook contains rules and regulations for the marriage ceremony and the use of the church.

 

"Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding" 

This video walks the viewer through the three options for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony: within Mass, without Mass, and between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a non-Christian. - From the USCCB Website