Marriage Preparation

Register at your Parish (you are considered a parishioner of the parish that you reside in). 

Contact the church of your baptism and have them send an "original" baptismal certificate to the priest/church that you are intending to be married at/by.  (This is like a "Transcript" it will have all of the updated info of your Sacraments along the way... it cannot be a "copy" of your original, but an updated and official certificate from the Church married directly to the priest/church).  

Contact a priest at least six months before you want to get married.

Set up an initial meeting with Fr. Michael to “pencil in” a tentative date and fill out initial information.

If you have been away from the church or have missed going to mass on Sundays you do need to make a confession: http://fathermichaeldenk.blogspot.com/p/confession.html 


Meet with Fr. Michael once a month (6 times) to review the results from the Prepare/Enrich, classes, and plan the Liturgy.  Take the Prepare/Enrich online inventory at home.

At the final meeting you are to bring the completed mass plans from the "Together for Life" book all filled out.  I also need a 3 page biography.  1 page for each of you growing up.  For example: What your hobbies, interests, personality, and faith is like.  And a third page describing you as a couple: Anecdotes like your favorite songs, stories, movies, things to do together, hobbies, activities, how you met, what you love about each other!   The more stories, anecdotes and images that you can give me the better to make it a very personal and meaningful homily for you and your loved ones.

All engaged couples are to make an Engaged Encounter http://www.clevelandencounter.com/ or a Pre Cana http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm/marrprep.htm
Couples will be given an article or a reading assignment to read for the next session.

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If you are unable to make the weekends or be prepared at the parish you can take the online course:
http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/

and marriage inventory online:
http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/course-info/premarital-inventory

Couples who are not both Catholic must purchase 2 books: ­This is Our Faith and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. 


Couples who have been previously married must make a Cana II http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm/marrprep.htm

Any person in need of an annulment must have the case finalized before wedding preparation begins.

Contact the music director to plan the music for the liturgy.




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For help making your program: http://catholicweddinghelp.com/topics/catholic-wedding-program-template-mass.htm

Learn more about your faith as you prepare for your marriage and after your marriage:
http://catholicweddinghelp.com/
http://foryourmarriage.org/

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Understand Natural Family Planning.  This is the only form of family planning acceptable.  All forms of contraception are gravely sinful and may even cause abortion to occur.

Natural Family Planning is 99% effective and just as effective as the pill, condom, and other contraceptives but respects and reverences the nature and beauty of sex within marriage that is open to life.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1678728/

Listen to a great lecture or read the transcript "Contraception: Why Not?"  http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/sexuality/se0002.html 

To learn more about this sign up to attend one of the training sessions:
http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm/NFP.htm

To learn more about religious liberty and conscious protection: 
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/