We are thankful that God has brought you together and that you are seeking information about marriage in the Catholic Church.
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What Marriage Preparation Involves
There are critical meetings and paperwork that needs to be taken care of before a date can be set! Do not make any arrangements until you have spoken with the priest who will officiate at your wedding and completed the application process. As you can see in this brochure from the Diocese of Columbus, a minimum of 6-months is called for with all that will be involved.
At your first meeting, as a couple, with clergy or designated pastoral staff you will talk about your freedom to marry in the Catholic Church, which will allow you to set a date. Later, you will:
- Talk about the sacrament of marriage
- Attend a marriage preparation workshop (educational component of the process)
- Complete the necessary permissions and paperwork, which will be forwarded to the priest at the church where the wedding will take place
Please read through this helpful information
- Engaged? - Information About Marriage Preparation Process (pdf)
- Natural Family Planning
- Married Life and the Gift of Life (pdf)
- A Cohabitation Conversation - a Busted Halo article
- The Challenges of Cohabitation - a Busted Halo article
- Should we live together (pdf)
- What if I have been married before? (pdf)
- Information from the Diocese of Columbus about marriage and the annulment process (pdf)
Where are you having your wedding?
Working with our pastoral staff? Register and pay online
This Marriage Preparation form is to be used by couples who are being prepared at the Newman Center and are celebrating their wedding elsewhere. If you are going to celebrate your wedding at the Newman Center, you will receive a wedding application from the priest. More information can be found in the "Where are you having your wedding?" section above.
Educational Component - Diocese of Columbus' Marriage Preparation Program
The Diocese of Columbus uses a two-day Marriage Preparation Program. These day-long sessions, which must be taken in sequence, are:
- Day 1 "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage" offers a refreshing proposal on the nature and purpose of marriage and will look at the meaning of the vows, sacramental life and sexuality through the lens of Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body.
- Day 2 "Living a Joy-Filled Marriage" is a virtue based life-skills program, which will look at communication, conflict resolution, finances, intimacy and prayer.
If you have any questions about the marriage preparation process or the Pre-Cana Workshop, please contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, C.S.P.
Information from our friends at BustedHalo.com:
- The Princess, The Priest and The War for The Perfect Wedding.
- Sacraments 101 - Marriage
- Sacraments 201 - Matrimony, More Questions Answered
Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve or avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle.
As part of our marriage preparation ministry, as well as enriching present marriages, the Newman Center, in conjunction with the Diocese of Columbus, offers a quarterly introductory session on Natural Family Planning. This session is information-based and is offered by couples who use NFP. This session satisfies the diocesan marriage policy requiring "all couples preparing for marriage attend an introductory presentation on Natural Family Planning."
It is our hope that this two-hour session will help educate couples (engaged as well as married) in the theological and logistical aspects of Natural Family Planning methods, as well as to encourage them to pursue the training necessary for the practice of Natural Family Planning.
Sessions at the Newman Center are held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. They are open to all. Pre-registration helps us to have the appropriate amount of materials on hand; just click on the session you plan to attend. Other information sessions are available through the Diocese of Columbus' Marriage and Family Life Office.
Natural Family Planning Workshops (4 two hour sessions over a 3 month period) are held at various locations throughout the Diocese of Columbus. For information about and locations jof the training sessions, please contact the Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office.
- NFP resources (pdf)
For more information, please contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, C.S.P.
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