From the Rector: Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation:

“On this journey [of marriage] prayer is important, it is necessary, always: he for her, she for him and both together. Ask Jesus to multiply your love. In the prayer of the Our Father we say: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Spouses can also learn to pray like this: ‘Lord, give us this day our daily love‘, for the daily love of spouses is bread, the true bread of the soul, what sustains them in going forward. This is the prayer for engaged couples and spouses. Teach us to love one another, to will good to the other! The more you trust in him, the more your love will be ‘forever’, able to be renewed, and it will conquer every difficulty.” Pope Francis – from an address on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014

We would like to invite couples who are considering Marriage to contact the parish soon in order to begin the Sacramental preparation for Holy Matrimony.  If you are discerning the vocation to marriage the Classes will be offered in the months of October, November and December, every other Tuesday evening. Please do not make any definite arrangements before speaking with the parish. Marriage Sacramental preparation takes at least 6 months, but dates for next summer are already being arranged, so please don’t delay.


Our program consists of:

FOCUS inventory interview

Engaged Encounter retreat

6 instructional classes

1 liturgy planning meeting

Wedding Rehearsal


Paperwork required:

Pre-nuptial interview

Sacramental records

Marriage license

Testimonial of Free Status


Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held on October 12-14, 2018 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center, Gallup, NM. This quiet weekend is specifically designed to give a couple planning marriage an opportunity to talk honestly and intensively about their future together.  Cost is $85.00 per couple which includes lodging, meals and all required materials.  For couples not requiring lodging the cost is $50.00 for meals and required materials. For more information contact Maria and Deacon Randy Copeland at 505-726-2707. To register go to


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