Preparing for Marriage

Preparing for Marriage


Some couples are put off by the idea of marriage preparation. A few think that the Church is interfering. In fact, the aim is to help you plan your own marriage and grow closer as a couple. Marriage preparation can help clarify your reasons for marrying and help you realise what kind of a commitment you are making in Christian marriage. It can provide you with an opportunity to sit together and discuss important aspects of your future, which you may not have a chance to consider in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the wedding ceremony, organising your honeymoon, and setting up your home.

By following marriage preparation carefully you can face difficult questions and work out how you are going to cope once you enter married life. This can stop problems becoming serious later on. Discuss marriage preparation with your priest. Share with him any fears or reservations you have about marriage preparation.

Accord is the reputable agency which offers marriage preparation for engaged couples seeking marriage in the Catholic Church. It offers them the opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of Christian marriage. Details of Marriage Preparation courses running near St John’s parish can be found by contacting Accord in Waterford.

Accord Waterford Office:

St. John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill, Waterford.

Director/Contact: Ms Mary Hackett / Ms Mary O’Sullivan
Telephone:         051-878333
Fax:                      051-843107
Email:                  accordwaterford@oceanfree.net
Service hours:

Monday & Tuesday         9.30 am-12.30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 2.15-5.15 pm
Friday                                9.30 am-5.30 pm

Ideally you should plan to attend a course 9 months before your wedding.  This means making your booking a year before the wedding so that you will have as much choice as possible with regard to venues and dates.  Courses get booked up very quickly.


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