Planning to marry Couples who wish to be married in the Catholic Church are expected to complete a Marriage preparation program. The program has four components and should be initiated at least six months prior to a wedding date.
Meetings with Priest/Deacon: the couple is expected to begin by meeting with a priest or deacon who will complete a Pre-Nupitial Inventory. The purpose of this interview is to determine that the couple is free to marry, as understood by the Catholic Church. Previous marriages may prohibit a couple from having a Catholic wedding. In addition to this Pre-Nupitial Inventory, couples will complete a FOCCUS inventory. This is a communication inventory which will serve as a basis for further discussion with the priest/deacon.
God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage: This program is done on a Saturday. Through this program, the couple is given the Catholic perspective on marriage, and God’s plan for them as a married couple. A certificate of completion is the record of participation. Registration for this program is through the Diocese of Lexington website:
The Married Life Skills Workshop: This program is done on a Saturday. Through this program, the couple is exposed to difficulties which may come up in a new married situation, and they are offered methods to resolve these issues. This program is offered at PAX CHRISTI on Saturday, and CHRIST THE KING on a Friday evening/Saturday and at MARY QUEEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY, on four consecutive evenings. A certificate of completion is the record of participation. Registration for this program is through the parish.
Natural Family Planning Workshop: This workshop assist couples to understand Natural Family Planning and invites couples to use this methodology in their married life. The workshop can be completed on-line, or is offered on three evenings twice a month in the Diocese of Lexington.
Couples who may have a previous marriage or other special issues which may affect their freedom to marry are to have that issue resolved prior to planning a wedding date. For more information, please contact the office at 859-273-999.
Marriage Preparation Program at PAX CHRISTI PAX CHRISTI offers the Married Life Skills workshop four times yearly for couples. Registration is through the parish office at 859-273-9999. The PAX CHRISTI Married Life Skills program needs couples to be training couples for the program. If you are interested in a ministry to assist engaged couples, please contact Fr. Nick about joining the team. Revised 09/03/ 2013