Marriage Formation

Congratulations on Your Engagement!

   Marriage formation here at Sacred Heart begins with an initial visit with Fr. Carter. Once the couple has been accepted into the marriage formation program, they will engage in the following main areas of preparation, in addition to attending Father's Discipleship Presentation.

   The first area is comprised of a pre-nuptial inventory which is completed in the first meeting with Father.  Additional meetings will discuss the FOCCUS inventory results once the couple completes the survey, which Father will send to them after the initial meeting.

   In the second area, the engaged couple will meet once a week, over a series of weeks, with a married couple trained in the art of marriage preparation. Should circumstances not permit this first option, a weekend retreat is an alternative.

    The last segment of preparation deals especially with human sexuality in the context of marriage. To fulfill this requirement of the Church, each couple will attend one introductory session of Natural Family Planning, with the option to participation in the entire class with financial support from the parish.

To set your initial appointment and begin marriage preparation, contact Father at: fathercarter@shemporia.org