Wedding Planning

Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation
Initial Session
This session occurs after you have informed the Church you are engaged to be married. This initial meeting will explain the marriage preparation process, determine your freedom to marry. If you have been in a previous marriage, please go to Freedom to Marry. You may also be asked to explore the possibility of the sacrament of confirmation if one of you is a Catholic who has not yet been confirmed.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage
You, as an engaged couple will participate in an instructional program provided through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Information about Enrichment Programs for the Engaged will be discussed at the initial session and can also be obtained by contacting the Nazareth Project at the John Paul II Center.
The second phase of preparation is FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Communication, Understanding & Study). Your relationship as a couple and your readiness for marriage will be explored through this premarital inventory and subsequent discussion with a married couple trained in FOCCUS.
Liturgical Preparation
You, as a couple, will meet with the Director of Liturgy in order to help you plan your Catholic Rite of Marriage. You will also meet with the Director of Liturgical Music who will help you choose appropriate music for your celebration of Marriage.