Living Our Faith in Love Covers All “Must-Have Conversations”
Balancing Values, Careers, and Practical Issues
Many couples get married before discussing, let alone experiencing, the effect that practical issues will have on their relationship. Couples that have been building their relationship for a long time often say, “we’re practically married already” or “nothing’s going to change.” The facts are, “no you aren’t” and “yes it will.”
Money Matters: Stewardship and Finances
Financial matters are among the top reasons for marital trouble and the increasing number of divorces in America, now hovering around 50%. Each day presents many decisions related to finances and couples often have differences of opinion about spending that can lead to arguments and resentment.
This video session presents important talking points for engaged couples to discuss, and practical advice to implement.
Healthy Sexuality and Intimacy
A healthy, loving sex life is among the most important factors to a happy, lasting marriage. Oftentimes, relationship issues related to sex are actually the result of lacking communication between husband and wife.
In this segment, you will benefit from professional advice and conversation-starters. By talking through these sensitive topics during your engagement, you will position yourselves for a lifetime of healthy, exciting and fulfilling intimacy.
Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution
Relationships are all about communication. Happy, healthy marriages require frequent and honest communication between husband and wife. This life skill is among the most important, requiring a commitment to keep learning more effective ways to relate to one another.
Spirituality of Marriage
In this Marriage Prep Class segment, you are invited to let God work in your relationship now, as an engaged couple, and for the rest of your life as husband and wife. The presenters consider God at work through the love of husband and wife, through the family, and in marriage through love and community.
By integrating the spirituality of marriage with the practical experience of adults in healthy, committed, married relationships, couples will grow in love and intimacy. You will realize the full meaning of your marriage covenant, understanding there is more at work in your lives than just each other.
Drawing on the wisdom of Christian tradition while reflecting on the lived experience of marriage, our presenters offer their path toward rich spirituality built on basic convictions. They reveal both the challenges and rewards of married life, reflecting on how current theological, cultural, and economic perspectives influence marriage.
Family of Origin
Congratulations! You will soon be married to your life-partner… andhis/her parents, siblings, family traditions and expectations!
Whether your fiancé maintains a close relationship with his/her family or not, you will soon find that their influence remains a part of who your fiancé is (and will be as your spouse). The same concept applies to you and the role your family will play in your married life.
Theology of Marriage
For couples planning to be married within the Catholic Church, it is important to understand and reflect upon the deeper meaning of marriage. You are not just preparing for an unforgettable wedding day; you are entering into a relationship with your partner and with God.
In this easy-to-follow video presentation, led by Monsignor John Zenz, you will gain his perspective on the following topics:
Marriage as a Covenant
Marriage as a Sacrament
Marriage as a Vocation
Spirituality of Marriage
Natural Family Planning (NFP Life)
For some couples, having children is the last thing on their minds as they plan for their marriage. Other couples may be planning to start a family right away. In either case, it is important to talk about parenthood at this stage. By learning one another’s expectations for having children and parental styles, you will grow in your understanding of your spouse and the mother/father of your children.
This segment explores the Catholic Church’s teaching of marriage and procreation, including Natural Family Planning.