Steps to the Altar
- Certified copies of Birth Certificates from the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the City or State of your birth
- Marriage License
- Baptismal Certificates dated within six months of the wedding day.
- Initial interview with priest at least six months prior to the planned marriage date.
- Completion of Pre-Marital Inventory.
- Certificate of Attendance at one of the five qualified Marriage Preparation Programs.
- Pre-Marital Affidavits (in some cases).
A couple seeking marriage in the church must contact the priest or deacon at least six months prior to their proposed marriage.
This preparation period allows couples an adequate amount of time to be in a position to learn and practice the use of Natural Family Planning, and to gain the full benefits of the use of pre-marital inventories. It also gives the couples enough time to take advantage of the preparation process in order to make an informed decision on their own readiness for marriage.
DAY FOR THE ENGAGED
For couples contemplating marriage in the Church, where neither party has been married before.
A one-day seminar which offers engaged couples the opportunity to spend some time in thought, conversation, writing and prayer in the company of other couples who also contemplate marriage in the Church. The couple is given the opportunity to reflect on their relationship and their future together.
Topics include expectations of marriage, communication, sex and sexuality, decision-making, Natural Family Planning, and Sacramental Marriage. The seminars are presented by married couples.
The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
CRITERIA: Engaged couple, neither previously married. Catholic in origin and orientation; however, it is open to couples of all faiths who wish to deepen their relationship. Couples should attend at least five months before their marriage.
The cost for the Day for the Engaged is $100.00 per couple. For more information and registration contact Family Life Apostolate, 504-861-6243.
For couples contemplating marriage in the Church, where neither partner has been married before.
A weekend retreat experience for the couple. It introduces basic communication skills needed to form and maintain good Christian marriages. It begins on Friday evening and concludes on Sunday afternoon following lunch. All meals are provided. Participants are housed in dormitories.
The retreat is presented by two married couples and a priest. The engaged couple has an opportunity to write to one another and share verbally what they have written. There is some group interaction; however, the majority of the program consists of private dialogues between the engaged couple.
CRITERIA: Engaged couple. For more information call Family Life Apostolate 504-861-6243.
The cost of the weekend is $245.00 per couple. For more information on Engaged Encounter visit New Orleans Catholic Engaged Encounter or for their registration form click here www.nocee.org/NOCEE-Register.doc