Merry Christmas to our parish and diocesan partners all around the country! We just wanted to send out a quick reminder about one of the challenges and blessings of marriage prep during the Christmas/Advent season.
We serve thousands of couples with our online marriage prep courses from all 50 states and nearly 60 other countries each year. One of the things we’ve learned is the week between Christmas and New Years is a really busy week for registrations. Through our surveys and talking directly with couples, we found the reason for the surge in registrations to be because couples where one or both of them have moved away from home (either because of the military or a new job), they come back together during the Christmas season, have a limited time frame to get their marriage preparation class completed (usually just that week of Christmas), and the online option is usually the only option available.
Often, traditional Pre-Cana is not available during that time.
This is just a reminder of the tool that is in your ministry’s toolbox – online marriage prep from your friends here at The Marriage Group. In these next couple of weeks during the Advent season, as you see individuals attending Mass that you may have not seen in a while (if they moved due to attending college, joined the military, etc), and they need to complete their marriage prep during the Christmas season in a meaningful way, we encourage you to direct them to our online, on-demand program.
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year! – The Marriage Group