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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Our Marriage Preparation Program
Congratulations on your decision to be married in the Catholic Church!
Bishop Olmsted issued a marriage preparation policy for the Diocese of Phoenix that began implementation on January 1, 2010. This means that it is a NINE MONTH preparation process prior to the wedding. This time is to allow for a thorough preparation for the sacrament.
“Covenant of Love” Marriage Policy
The following 7 steps outline the Diocesan Program for marriage preparation in a simple way:
Meet with your marriage preparation coordinator
FOCCUS Inventory and complete the FOCCUS review.
Complete the Prenuptial inquiry forms and affidavit’s of free status.
Married Life Skills course or equivalent
God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage Seminar
Natural Family Planning course
Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Meet to finalize your ceremony
A more detailed outline of the Marriage preparation process can be found in the Diocese of Phoenix Marriage Preparation Website.
Readings, Prayers & Consent
As part of wedding preparation, 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.
You can find detailed information on the Together For Life Website. Parts of the ceremony you will need to select are linked below:
- 1st Reading from the Old Testament
- 2nd Reading from the New Testament
- The Gospel
- Blessing and Exchange of Rings
- Prayers of the Faithful