Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation at St. Joseph’s Parish is divided into two areas: the Couples’ Weekend Sessions, and the FOCCUS inventory.

Couples’ Weekend Sessions:

We presently hold two sessions of Marriage Preparation each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Couples preparing for marriage attend and participate in the sessions, which are hosted by facilitator couples.

“By leading the conflict resolution and interfaith marriage sections of the Marriage Prep sessions, we are able to re-examine our own marriage and reflect on the growth in our marriage over the last 11 years. It is great to have the opportunity to meet young couples who are full of love and to absorb the youthfulness of their relationships, re-invigorating our own love for each other.”

 

Time commitment:

Most facilitator couples would present once in the spring and once in the fall. Each workshop is about an hour. Topics include: communication, spirituality, sexuality, conflict resolution, finances, etc. We also hold a general team meeting once or twice a year.

 

Skills/Qualities:

For this weekend we seek couples and not individuals. They should both be at ease in front of groups and willing to share the blessings and challenges of their own marriage journey as related to their given topic.

 

Training:         Provided

Interview:      Yes

Contact: Andrew Pump     613 233 4095 x 235 apump@st-josephs.ca

 

The FOCCUS Inventory:

The FOCCUS inventory is a pre-marital inventory that helps a couple as they prepare for marriage. One of its main strengths is to help couples become aware of important areas of discussion as they move forward with their commitment. A couple preparing for marriage completes the inventory online. The FOCCUS facilitator(s) would receive a report generated from the couple’s online responses and would then meet with the couple for about two hours to go over the results. Facilitators can be couples or individuals.

 

Time commitment:

You decide how many couples you want to meet in a given year. Each meeting will take about two hours per couple.

 

Skills/Qualities:

This ministry can be provided by a couple or an individual. This is not marriage counselling but good listening skills are important.

 

Training:

Requires specialized training as a FOCCUS facilitator which is offered through the Archdiocese throughout the year.

 

Interview:      Yes

Contact: Andrew Pump     613 233 4095 x 235 apump@st-josephs.ca