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Marriage Ministries

Catholic Couples Check Up:

This program enables engaged couples to answer a series of relationship questions, to help better understand their strengths and weaknesses, before their wedding date. The engaged couple has the ability to take the survey, in the comfort and privacy of their own home. They will receive the results, and review them together, as well as with their presider and a trained facilitator couple, from the parish. The priest/deacon working with the couple, will explain the entire Survey process at the first marriage preparation meeting.

Pre-Cana:

The “Pre-Cana” program is for engaged couples, planning to be married in the Catholic Church, and is taught by married couples from St. James Parish. A day-long encounter is created, which will enable the couple to have an opportunity to discuss honestly one another’s strengths and weaknesses, including family living, communication, finances, Christian sexuality, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and their role in the Church and society. Please contact the Parish Office at (224) 345-7200, with any questions, or if you would like to schedule your “Pre-Cana” class. If you are a married couple interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Dan Desmond at (224) 345-7200 ext 8527, or email Dan at cdesmond42@gmail.com.

National Marriage Encounter:

What is Marriage Encounter?

Marriage encounter is a an experience offering a faith-based program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their life together; their strong points and weaknesses, their attitudes toward each other and their relationship, their hurts, desire, ambitions, disappointments, joys and frustrations.  The program is private. It is for all ages.  It does not advocate a particular faith and does not require participants to have a faith background.