Marriage Preparation

Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. The Diocese of Tyler and the Cathedral Parish offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament, to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live the married life, and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Becuase the Church takes marriage so seriously, this is a required process. 

So that the "I do" of the spouses may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations, preparation for marriage is of prime importance. – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1632.

More than ever necessary in our times is the preparation of young people for marriage and family life. – Familiaris Consortio 66.

Further implementing the U.S. Bishops’ pastoral initiative for marriage, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception now offers In-Home Marriage Preparation for all engaged couples seeking to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony at the Cathedral and at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Here’s what’s involved:

  • Meet with a priest for an initial consultation and initiate the engagement with the parish.
  • Six meetings in a mentor couple’s home provide a comfortable place to open up and explore strengths and weaknesses and learn good habits.  Topics include:
    • Family of Origin
    • Marriage Expectations/Finances
    • Communication/Conflict Resolution
    • Sex and Sexuality
    • Moral Decision Making
    • Sacramental Life/Spiritual Growth
  • Learn NFP and its benefits, and how to use it to achieve or postpone pregnancy.

Why this program when there are so many others out there?

  • This is personalized preparation designed specifically around each couple’s strengths and areas of need.
  • It uses and provides an authentically Catholic vision of marriage while offering practical skills for day-to-day challenges.
  • One-on-one meetings in a home give a couple the opportunities to reflect and cope, set goals and expectations, without feeling rushed or exposed.
  • Research shows that marriage preparation is done in-home provides a much higher success rate!

To schedule an appointment for a consultation with a priest, call the Cathedral Office at (903) 592-1617.

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