“Few human joys are as deep and thrilling as those experienced by two people who love one another and have achieved something as the result of a great, shared effort.”
Congratulations on your engagement! We are so happy you are looking to be married in the Catholic Church!
The sacrament of Matrimony is an essential part of God’s plan, as the history of salvation “begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb” (CCC 1602).
A perpetual, exclusive, and irrevocable bond arises between the spouses
Spouses are strengthened and consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state
Spouses enter a covenant with one another that is integrated into God's covenant with humanity
Spouses receive the grace intended to perfect the couple's love and strengthen their indissoluble unity
Spouses receive the grace to help one another attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating children
MATRIMONY AT NATIVITY
We are so excited you are seeking the sacrament of Matrimony and would love to guide and support you through the process. The components of marriage preparation offered at Nativity include the FOCCUS test, marriage prep classes, and Natural Family Planning. You can choose to complete any or all of these components with us here at Nativity.
If you are looking to participate in these classes, seeking a wedding here at Nativity, or are just not sure where to get started, see below for more information and to sign up.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Couples seeking the sacrament of Matrimony are asked to attend a series of six marriage preparation classes, which will be conducted by one of our priests. These classes are offered once in the spring and once in the fall. For our most recent schedule, scroll down.
Couples going through marriage preparation are given the FOCCUS “pre-marriage inventory,” for which each partner answers questions individually before coming together to discuss the thoughts, feelings, differences, and priorities brought to light. The test will be facilitated by our registrar, Merrilyn, and is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, enhance communication, and address areas important to their lifelong marriage.
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
NFP classes help couples learn a beautiful way to live out the Church’s teaching on sexuality that is safe, healthy, holy, and effective! One class series consists of three classes spaced one month apart. Contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in NFP at Nativity.
Weddings at Nativity
Nativity offers the opportunity for wedding ceremonies to take place in our gathering space. For more information on how to schedule a wedding at Nativity, contact Merrilyn.
If you are married outside of the Church (e.g. civilly), we invite you enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating a convalidation. To do so, please contact Merrilyn, who will walk with you through the preparation process.
With questions, contact:
303-469-5171, ext. 110
SPRING 2019 schedule:
All classes will take place in the parish Conference Room at 7:00pm.
Thursday, February 21
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 14
Thursday, March 21
Thursday, March 28
Thursday, April 4
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