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The Sacrament of Marriage

God who is love and who created man and woman for love has called them to love. By creating man and woman he called them to an intimate communion of life and of love in marriage: “So that they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew 19:6). God said to them in blessing “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).

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The Marriage Preparation Program at St. Mary’s & St. Juan Diego

Congratulations once again on your decision to be married in the Church!

Bishop Olmsted has issued a marriage preparation policy for the Diocese of Phoenix that began implementation on January 1, 2010. There is a NINE MONTH preparation process prior to the wedding. This time is to allow for a thorough preparation for the sacrament.

Marriage Policy “Covenant of Love”

The following 7 steps outline in a simple way the Diocesan Program for marriage preparation. These steps outline the program and help you understand and be prepared:

· Step 1: Meet with your marriage preparation minister

· Step 2: Take the FOCCUS Inventory and complete the FOCCUS review. Complete the Prenuptial inquire forms and affidavit’s of free status.

· Step 3: Take a Married Life Skills class or equivalent

· Step 4: Take the God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage class

· Step 5: Take the classes in Natural Family Planning

· Step 6: Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

· Step 7: Meet to finalize your ceremony

A more detailed outline of the Marriage preparation process can be found by clicking here:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  marriage website has more resources for preparing for your upcoming marriage.

Readings, Prayers & Consent

As part of wedding preparation at St. Mary’s & St. Juan Diego, the bride and groom will need to select all scripture readings, prayers, and consent that will be used during their nuptial ceremony. This is the responsibility of both the bride and groom together.

  • 1st Reading from the Old Testament
  • 2nd Reading from the New Testament
  • The Gospel
  • Consent
  • Blessing and Exchange of Rings
  • Prayers of the Faithful

More Resources

Bishop Barron on Marriage and Relationships

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