The Ring

MARRIAGE

Engaged to be Married ?

Congratulations! We rejoice with you during this special time as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.


Catholic Marriage is a little different to civil marriage. It is meant to be a sign of the love God has for each of us. Therefore, Catholic marriage has the same qualities as God’s love; freely given, total, faithful and fruitful. 


It’s not always easy to love like God – as human beings we are limited and sometimes selfish making it hard for us to love perfectly. Although loving each other might seem easy to you now, your love will likely be tested in the future by the challenges of life. 


That’s why all our engaged couples participate in a marriage preparation course. This course will equip you with practical tools from contemporary relationship science as well as assisting your celebrant in preparing you spiritually to enter the Sacrament of Matrimony. 


As it can get very busy in the weeks before the wedding, you should start this course as soon as possible. In our parish, the following courses are available. 

SmartLoving Engaged: Online Marriage Preparation 

Consisting of 9 lessons, you progress through the course at your own pace, doing the couple activities as you go. There is an option for a married Sponsor Couple from your community to accompany you through the course. www.smartloving.org/engaged   
 

Marriage Formation

Your marriage is a living thing. It needs nourishment if it is to grow and develop over your lifetime. No matter how many years you’ve been married, there’s always something new to discover! Below are some suggestions for you to explore:

  • SmartLoving Newlywed Date Nites - Starting out in marriage is an exciting time. It’s also a critical time for establishing rituals and habits that will become the bedrock of a thriving relationship. Newlywed Date Nites will help you do just that!  www.smartloving.org/newlywed 

      For a 50% discount use coupon code: JoyofLove 

  • SmartLoving The Marriage Kit - Investing in your marriage is a life-long commitment. Now, it's easier than ever to access world-class marriage formation from your home that is practical and engaging. This online course of five lessons is tailored to couples seeking a lasting, passionate relationship. www.smartloving.org/marriage-kit

      For a 50% discount use coupon code: JoyofLove

Fertility Management

The Catholic church encourages all married couples to consciously and responsibly plan their families according to principles of generosity, openness to life, prudence and trust in God’s provision. To assist you in this sacred responsibility, a number of resources are available to instruct you in Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs). Based on the natural rhythms of a woman’s fertility cycle, these methods are completely natural, reliable, and are consistent with the vision of Catholic marriage. 

  • SmartLoving Fertility Online Course - Based on the Sympto-Thermal method, the course incorporates scientific insights, relationship frameworks and Catholic Theology. It is included free with registration in SmartLoving Engaged. Individual coaching also available. www.smartloving.org/fertility
    For a 50% discount use coupon code: JoyofLove 

First point of contact for Sacrament of Marriage is the Parish Office

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