Dear Engaged Couple,
This information explains the variety of options available for marriage preparation offered by the Diocese of Oakland. Although each program has a different format, all preparation includes similar content addressing those facets essential to a Christian marriage:
- Developing communication skills
- Permanence of your marriage commitment
- Dealing with expectations
- Family of origin
- Becoming a family in the modern world
- Sex in marriage - the Divine gift
- Presence of God in your marriage
- Enrichment opportunities
Every engaged couple has concerns for the future. You also have goals, promises, and dreams you wish to attain. The priests, deacons, and other individuals in your Church want to help you prepare to meet those goals, keep those promises, and live out your dreams well-equipped to face the pressures placed on married living today.
I realize how much effort goes into planning a wedding. However, I believe with heartfelt sincerity that your participation in our marriage preparation program will be a lasting resource that will sustain you far beyond the wedding day.
Therefore, I encourage you to give priority to this important preparation by completing your program at least three months prior to your wedding date. That way it does not become a last-minute exercise. Please contact the Family Life Office as soon as possible, as reservations are given on a first-come, first-served basis. We pray for God's blessings in your marriage, as you plan for your future together and hope that we can serve you effectively to make that future fulfilling.
Marriage and Family Life Coordinator
Department for Evangelization and Catechesis