March 13th Rumaldo and Adriana- Santa Fe NM “It gave me a better meaning of what marriage really is.”
Him: I thought that the preparation course was very helpful! It brought me and Angie closer to each other. We got to discuss things together that we hadn't talked about before. The prep course gave us a better understanding of marriage and gave us very useful tools to help us resolve problems and work through issues that may arise. I really enjoyed how Debbie and Joe would give us in-depth feedback on our answers. It helped both of us get a much better understanding of many of the topics discussed in the prep course.
Her: I appreciated everything but my most favorites were the feedback provided and the videos. I feel that this course gave me the necessary tools to be prepared for my married life. Thank you so much!
Both: We talked about different topics more and listened to each other more.
March 14th Nicholas and Flora- Military Diocese “This course gave me a better understanding of God's role in a marriage.”
Him: I believe it was a very thorough marriage prep class. It provided an environment for critical thinking and reflection time regarding our upcoming life as a married couple and our relationship with God.
Her: I feel that we are better prepared for marriage. This course has given us the tools we need for a successful marriage. I learned more about God's role in a marriage, what is expected from me as a wife, and it answered some questions I had regarding Catholicism and contraceptives.
Both: We will practice more active listening as well as work on having more patience with not only each other, but ourselves.
March 15th Joshua and Mallory- Gaylord, MI “It helped me refresh the true meaning of marriage…”
Him: Enjoyed it very much, really helped clear up some misconceptions as well as gave great explanations. It gave us a strong foundation and a way to clearly state our expectations/priorities. It provided us with a toolbox of marriage techniques.
Her: It was helpful in that it provided very detailed answer keys to help us reflect on our own answers. I appreciated the detailed answer key as well as all of the helpful links that we could use for our marriage process and in our relationship. It helped me refresh the true meaning of marriage and what it takes to make a marriage successful through praying together and practicing the faith.
Both: It helped us to realize and remember the importance of being open with one another in order to be on the same page and to fully understand one another.
March 16th Kevin and Ann - Kansas City, KS "I feel more motivated to incorporate the Lord into my everyday life, knowing that it will strengthen my relationship with Him and my wife."
Him: This was a great experience for us to do together, really got us thinking about the sacrament of marriage and everything that it entails in order to have a happy and holy married life.
Her: This online marriage prep was amazing! It really gave us the opportunity to think and focus on important topics that need to be brought to our attention as we enter marriage. We learned a lot and are now able to take our learnings and incorporate them into our everyday lives as soon to be husband and wife!
Both: We have always been very open with one another in life, but this allowed us to go down to a deeper layer of communication, talking about our faith and our future family.
March 17th Alex and Renata - Stockton, CA "I definitely want to learn more about the Catholic faith now that I have really learned about this sacrament."
Him:I think it was really important that we took this. It gave us a more clear understanding of the commitment we are making to the church and to each other. My favorite of the activities were the love letters because we are so used to writing to each other as an expression of our love. This just put them all on a new level with us and God.
Her: It was great and felt really healthy for us to start our marriage about learning the way God wanted man and woman to become one and how important this covenant and sacrament is. It has encouraged me to really go to church more often than we do. And it has encouraged me to teach Alex more about the Catholic faith and hopefully get him baptized.
Both:The last worksheet about communication and the "I" rule I think has helped us a lot in just the last few days. It is so easy to blame and almost a habit for most people. Now we are thinking about what we are saying before we jump to hurt each other and it is also giving us a chance to really think about each other and how our actions can affect us.
March 6th Alexander and Stephanie- Greensburg,PA “It showed me that marriage is not just a piece of paper.”
Him: There is so much more to preparing for a marriage than I had ever expected. But now that I have reviewed and studied God's Word about what marriage is supposed to be, I understand why there is so much work involved.
Her: These lessons have been amazing! I am so happy to have been able to participate in this course. I was hesitant to participate in an online model, but now I am so happy we did. It allowed Alex and myself to take our time and really talk out different perspectives on things.
Both: It made us talk about some topics that we had never discussed before due to them being out of our comfort zones or just never realizing the need to discuss.
March 7th Paul and Aryel- Denver, CO “It went to detail around spiritual communication that we might not have spoken about had we not had the prep class.”
Him: I thought it was good! They had a lot of good questions that made us think and talk about a lot of different issues, and not things that usually come up in a day-to-day setting so they really were deep thinking questions.
Her: I thought it brought up a lot of topics that we might not have otherwise thought much about, until they came up as issues. We had many conversations about what we were asked and about our answers. We looked at things we already thought we had decided on in a different light with this course.
Both: It helped remind us of how we need to speak to each other and that we need to talk about anything that is bothering us right away before it becomes a problem. We were also reminded that we can ask God and Jesus for help and that the Bible is a great place to turn for help.
March 8th Herman and Donna- Sacramento, CA “It reinforced values that are very important.”
Him: Very informative and helpful. Makes us answer tough questions and thinking deeply of the value and responsibilities of marriage.
Her: The prep brought me a lot of insight. There were a lot of things I didn't realize that should be part of a Catholic Marriage. I found it helpful to know tips on how to build our relationship with God, communication and ways to help a marriage last.
Both: It enhanced our communication from what we've learned already. We took a communication course several years ago through our medical provider. I still found it helpful to learn the tools you've provided.
March 9th Peter and Amanda- Santa Fe, NM “Every lesson was so informative and we were able to relate and use in our own relationship.”
Him: My overall impression is that it was very satisfying and knowledgeable. I learned a lot. I would recommend this class to anyone seeking to get married through the Catholic Church. It made me want to take more time out and talk to God in more ways than before. It also helped me to understand the meaning of family and communication.
Her: I believe this class took our relationship to a new level. I made sure to save all of our answer keys for future reference. I'm now more excited than ever to officially start our lives together! Thank you [our instructors] for being our mentors. Your love and knowledge helped us through this path.
Both:This class opened many doors for us. In fact, we are already using the "I messages". It was a great lesson.
March 10th Casey and Catherine- Sioux City, IA “Our instructors were willing to answer any questions and went above and beyond to do so.”
Him: This allowed me to do this on my own time and in my own thoughts. This way I could let her know how I felt about something and how we can go forward together. Helped me on my communication. Just further strengthened my thoughts of how God's view is on marriage.
Her: I agree with on our own time was fun. Writing letters is something we always did before being in a long distance relationship. It was fun to re live that and remember how special we are together. This was very informative and helped me see a different way to view marriage. The true test of what marriage is. [Our instructors] were willing to answer any questions and went above and beyond to do so.
Both: We communicate often, this helped us communicate without saying I in everything or You in a sentence. Helps us actively think how we can say what we are wanting to talk about or express, without it sounding demeaning or provoking an argument. We learned to listen first. Listen and talk with each other not at each other, and the power to forgive.
February 27th Joshua and Jovannah- Atlanta,GA “It made me want to become closer to God in order to become a holier husband to my fiancée.”
Him: I thought it was very solid and educational. It is hard to find good/faithful marriage prep programs these days, so having this online program was a nice little blessing.
Her: I enjoyed it and thought it was very informational. I enjoyed all of the additional videos and excerpts from writers and saints. It brought lot of questions to my mind that I wouldn't have otherwise thought about and it has made me ponder more in depth. I appreciated how broad the program was as a whole because we covered so many different topics.
Both: It made us discuss topics we may not have covered before.
February 29th Cody and Sarah- Atlanta, GA “I did not know that I would enjoy the work and get so much from it, but I really did.”
Him: I liked this prep. I think it started some conversations that were necessary prior to engaging in marriage and gave us some great tips for communications and incorporating God into our marriage. I appreciated first the convenience of the online course. With Sarah and I living in 2 different states, committing to a weekend is difficult with our jobs. However, this relieved some stress because we could complete the work in our own homes and it really helped us begin some conversations.
Her: I appreciated how fun this work was. It was more enjoyable too because Cody enjoyed it. I thought the feedback was honest and helpful. Sometimes my answers were a little off and the feedback was great.
Both: Incorporating God into our weekly conversations because we were doing this course made the conversations and the idea of God being a part of our normal life just that-normal.
March 1st Rodrick and Catherine- Oakland, CA “What I received from this course was a closer connection with my husband with God and a better understanding of marriage.”
Him:I am overall impressed with this course. I believe that it gave easy to understand methods and teachings of God. I appreciate the time and effort put in by our instructors. Their responses were very easy to follow and connect with.
Her:I appreciate the answer keys the most. My husband and I would discuss the question and provide our own answers before collaborating and creating it into one. The instructor couple would expand on the answers we gave and provide personal experiences. This helped my husband and I learn more about what we thought we had learned.
Both: I believe it improved our communication because some of the things we learned during this course. Some of the activities involved us discussing our opinions and answers to include topics we've haven't particularly discussed before. We were able to discuss and communicate our own points of view.
March 2nf Sung-Min and Dalrae- New York, NY “It gave a need to think about how much I know about Catholic faith and encouraged me to find out more about it”
Him: It was very thorough and detailed. When I first started I thought that I would be briefly educated, but I was surprised by the huge amount of material and well written feedback from our instructors. I should say it exceed my expectation and provided me with good amount of knowledge in preparation for my wedding and in having an idea about how to overcome difficulties I may face.
Her: Questions asked us to think deeply about our future as a married couple and feedbacks were also helpful in reviewing the teachings. I appreciate that I was given an opportunity to explore Catholic faith and understand how Sung-min practices his religion.
Both: We were able to discuss things like contraception and abstinence, things that we otherwise would have had difficulties in bringing up the subject. Further, we recognized the importance in being honest and hearing each other constantly.
March 3rd Cody and Paige- Sioux City, IA “I have realized that marriage is more about you as a couple, working together, and letting God into your marriage though mind, body, and soul to let him guide you.”
Him: I thought it was useful and made us think about somethings we may not have before this marriage prep, and that keeping God at the center of our lives is the most important thing.
Her: It made me closer to God because it made me realize that no matter what my future husband and I go through God is always there to listen and help us work through the good times and the bad.
Both: It improved our communication because it caused us to talk about how we both think differently, and through Good Communication we figured out a compromise.
February 20th Curtis and Tara- Winona, MN “When we came to a topic we did not completely agree on, it gave us an opportunity to discuss the topic openly.”
Him: It brought to my attention problems that could occur in the future and things we both will need to work on but as long as include God in our marriage he will guide us though any and all struggles.It showed me that we need God everyday in our lives and that I need to make an attempt to bring him closer.
Her: This taught me God has to be present in our marriage and it will be ongoing, and we are not alone. It has made me realize how important God is in a marriage.It revived my faith and it ensured me I mostly make the right choices and I seen some things I could improve on.
Both: During the course it allowed us to discuss topics we hadn't not talked about or at least not talked about in depth.
February 21st Edward and Ruth- Southwark, UK “It remind me of the importance of Marriage and family unity.”
Him: I found it quite enjoyable and very enlightening. I think we can sometimes forget what's truly important in the planning and build up to a wedding, rather focusing on the guests list, food etc. than what marriage really means to us and that's our bond with each other and Christ.
Her: I found it really interesting and encouraged us to have conversations in depth rather then skirting around it. It has made me more serious about what marriage means to us.
Both: We think it did as it gave us some really good tools to articulate better with each other and also raised some questions that we hadn't broached before (e.g. could we forgive each anything).
February 22nd Timothy and Renee- Lansing, MI “The course reminded me to see the signs of God's existence in our everyday lives, especially in our marriage.”
Him: This prep was a good reminder of a lot of things I've learned over the course of grade school, high school and college at catholic institutions. It serves as a great preparation for what to expect in marriage and how to overcome potential challenges.I appreciated the reminder of God's expectations for marriage and understanding the church's guidelines for healthy marriages.
Her: Overall it was nice to be able to do it on our own time so we could fully discuss the questions and answers and no one was waiting on us or expecting us to finish quicker. It was also nice to receive specific feedback to our answers.
Both: We had to speak about things we hadn't thought about yet and speak of it openly.
February 23rd Jesus and Jessica- Denver, CO “This course did ignite my desire to learn more so that I can live my vocation to the fullest.”
Him: I appreciated the part on the formation of conscience. It was not something that I had heard before and the idea of truth versus what I think was very enlightening and makes me want to learn more.
Her: It was very helpful especially working through it together as a couple and alongside of our priest. Your answers were much fuller than our own and along with our priest's comments gave us a much better understanding of Catholic marriage. As we were preparing, I would get very excited about this next step in my faith.
Both: Our communication has always been good, but in relation to what might come up naturally in a conversation. I think this course helped us to talk about subjects we might not have discussed and even in the practice of doing that I think we learned how to communicate better in the future. So I think it gave us valuable tools for communication that we can use for the rest of our lives. Thanks for all of your help and for journeying with us during the course of our marriage preparation.
February 24th Tyler and Catherine-Arlington, VA “It gave me a lot of insight that I otherwise wouldn't have gotten.”
Him: The class renewed my desire to get closer to God by reminding me how spiritual marriage is and how it is supposed to be a relationship with both God and your spouse. Delving more into God's word and his instructions for man and wife allowed me to have a deeper appreciation for marriage. It was also a refreshing reminder to me how divine and pure marriage is, and made me even more excited to marry Catherine.
Her: I enjoyed the prep class - I feel like it reminded Tyler and I about the fact that marriage is a holy sacrament and how having a relationship with God can strengthen the relationship between the two of us.
Both: The course facilitated some discussions that we had never had.
February 13th Spencer and Jenna- La Ronge, Saskatchewan “It provided a lot of opportunities for discussion.”
Him: I appreciated how much it got Jenna and I talking about subjects that we haven't discussed and how it made us elaborate on things what have talking about in the past. I found the answer keys very helpful because it has reinforced a lot of what Jenna and I understand about marriage.
Her: My overall impression of this prep is that it provided a lot of opportunity for discussion - and I really feel like we took those opportunities. I've always felt that Spencer and I were strong communicators, but it provided us with opportunities to discuss several things that we hadn't discussed previously, and it also provided a good base on the Church's teachings when it comes to love, marriage, sexuality, etc.
Both: Jenna and I did have always had great communication between us as we were forced to do so when Jenna moved away for 6 months. I feel that this course allowed us to touch on subjects that might have not gotten brought up otherwise and we had some great discussions. Having some insight into your marriage has shown us that continuing to communicate is key. I don't know if the course improved our communication - but I loved the opportunities it provided for us to communicate about things that we hadn't talked about before. It also provided the opportunity for Spencer and I to pursue old topics on a deeper level than we had previously - which ultimately brought us closer together with a deeper understanding of each other.
February 14th Wilberto and Gloria- New York, NY “I highly recommend it for future couples in preparation for marriage.”
Him: It has opened my eyes and heart to better understand the sacredness of marriage and has given me a strong core base to start off in a positive and grand manner with the blessing of our Lord.It most certainly has shown me the true beauty and sacredness of the marital process.
Her: Everything was appreciated including the instructors’s incredible knowledge and sharing of their own stories. I appreciated all the extras provided to advance our knowledge and future planning.It has allowed me to maintain a positive attitude and mental state regarding the marital process.
Both: It provoked conversation regarding subjects we had not previously discussed in depth and opened up conversations we hadn't thought of discussing yet. As a result of this, we were able to discuss a lot of things and plan better for the expected & unexpected. We are more comfortable discussing realistic & important areas that are necessary as a succeeding couple.
February 15th Derek and Dara- Denver, CO “It gave me a new perspective of how God plays such an integral part in our relationship and in our future marriage.”
Him: My overall impression was that this was a good tool for us to reflect on our relationship and to help set expectations that we will have going into marriage.
Her: My overall impression is that the course covered a lot of ground and led to a lot of good conversations between me and my future spouse. Even though we are both Christians, I don't think we talked a lot about our faith to each other before and this has been a good start to doing it more. I like too that it will be in accordance with our beginning our marriage together.
Both: It carved out space and designated time for us to thoughtfully discuss serious areas of our future and marriage. It helped us to slow down and listen to each other so we could grow in understanding what each of us thought and why.
February 16th Cleofas and Mary- Sacramento, CA “Absolutely an eye opener!”
Him: This class is perfectly designed for professionals like us. It is very informative, a good refresher of my early school catechism course. Kudos to [our instructors] in helping professional couples to get them into a right direction to a marriage life. It gets us both a lot closer to the church and to our God.
Her: I am very impressed and well planned course for couple in preparing to enter the married world.
Both: The course proved it to us that communication is one of the factors of successful marriage.
February 17th Christian and Carmel- Sacramento, CA “It revives my faith because I know I'll be sure to celebrate the Sacrament fully.”
Him: It was a great experience and a well-made preparatory course. It gave me a lot of things to really think about and how best to handle situations. It also gave me the ideas on what questions need to be asked, how they can be answered, and what could be done.
Her: It's a very welcoming and encouraging course. Our instructors were absolutely great - very helpful and accommodating throughout the whole process. I went into this course wanting to feel prepared for marriage, and this course ensured it.
Both: Just the consistent reminder in each lesson on simply talking to each other and being open without any reservation has made it very easy to communicate with each other. Knowing that we both love each other, there's no issue too unforgivable if we're willing to talk with open minds, patience, and respect. We now make sure to remind us of this whenever we want to communicate, and it has worked greatly.
February 6th Miguel and Serena- San Angelo,TX “It revived and strengthened my faith in God and His Church.”
Him: It helped me to truly understand just how to keep God at the center of our marriage.It helped me by reinforcing what Christ and his church have shown us through scripture.
Her: It was convenient for me to take the class online instead of committing to a weekend in San Angelo due to my work schedule. I thought the course was informative and allowed us to talk about and share our thoughts and opinions about marriage.
Both: Helped us to communicate our beliefs in ways we had yet to do.
February 7th Stewart and Brittany- Oakland, CA“This exceeded my expectations for what an online pre-marital class would be.”
Him: I thought it posed some questions that we wouldn't normally discuss with each other and helped us understand each other on a deeper level.
Her: I really appreciated the feedback - if there was something we misunderstood, it was clarified and links were given to further understand the question/answer and reasoning behind it. I really enjoyed the lesson about forgiveness as it's a core foundation of any relationship.
Both: We were just asked to address some tough questions and others that we have never brought up/talked about before. There were a lot of lessons that just provided a foundation for the marriage to begin and continue. These were helpful in getting us to discuss what we expected out of marriage and how we would make it work in the most difficult times.
February 8th Kyle and Tricia- Lansing, MI “The lessons provided a necessary refresher of the Church's teachings and how they impact our daily lives, especially in a marriage.”
Him: I thought it was worthwhile and made me take a deeper look into my faith life and how to put it into practice for my upcoming marriage. I thought it was useful to consider some of the meanings behind the Church's teachings that will help to strengthen my marriage.
Her: There were a lot of in depth questions that generated good discussion and helped us to learn more about one another.I appreciated the one on one time we took to grow together in our faith in an otherwise busy time of wedding planning. The wedding is one day, and the marriage is much more important!
Both: The course gave us an opportunity to look at scripture more in depth and have discussions about meaning.
February 9th Estil and Karena- Jamaica, NY “It re-educated and nourished my faith, a lot of the concepts I remember learning when I was in Sunday school and also singing about in hymns.”
Him: I enjoyed it was something we had to make time to do and it would force to sit down and work on together. I enjoyed it, It helped to talk about the topics that came up in the assignments.
Her: I appreciated that it made us take the time out of our day to have these discussions with one another and work on our responses to the questions. It's easy to talk about everyday mundane things but when you have to dig deep down to your core and your soul and get back to the basics, it changes up the routine and also increases the communication and level of understanding between you and your partner. I also appreciated that it also helped us to remember why we're entering into marriage and what it spiritually symbolizes.
Both: The Pre-Cana assignments were something we had to schedule time for, especially since we are living apart right now and busy either with work, training, personal life, and wedding planning. We would work on these assignments at night after most of our day was done and it was nice to unwind with spiritual nourishment and discussions about our own beliefs and our future in married life.
February 10th Robert and Jamie- Nortwich, CT “I appreciated having a chance to talk through (and past) the assignments with Matt.
Him: I enjoyed it. It asked some questions we hadn't really discussed in depth, which was enjoyable.I appreciated some of the detailed questions that lead to more in depth conversations. I also liked the questions where we had to answer together. I liked the Forgiveness lesson the most.
Her: I appreciated having a chance to talk through (and past) the assignments with Matt. I think what I appreciated most, however, was the feedback on the answer keys. I learned more from those than I expected to. I also appreciated how open [our instructors] were about things in their marriage that made it feel like this course is realistic and down to earth. I also learned more about the Catholic faith that I hadn't learned yet.”
Both: We consider ourselves to be pretty good at communicating. We struggle at times, but for the most part we communicate clearly and often. We do feel that this course really helped open up the aperture on some topics (NFP, forgiveness, Marriage as an Institution, etc.)
January 30th Joseph and Andria- Scranton,PA“The insight was priceless and we will take it with us throughout our lives.”
Him: I appreciate the convenience of doing this from home. I have a very busy schedule and this was a tremendous help for me. Being able to go at our own pace was also very great.
Her: I am so happy we decided to get married within the Church. This course has helped us in so many ways. We have a better understanding and appreciation for the sacrament of marriage as well as becoming better Catholics. I was not expecting to get so much insight for this step we are about to take. I appreciate decision we have made to get married so much more. I am thankful and grateful for all the tools we have taken from this course in order to better our relationship and success with our marriage. I can't say thank you enough.
Both: We have noticed a great change in our communication skills and understanding one another. We are more conscious of the decisions we make and the words we say to each other. We feel as though we are better prepared for the life we have ahead of us.
January 31st James and Nicolina- New York, NY “It gave me a better understanding of the importance of marriage.”
Him: It made me really think about my relationship with God. I say I'm religious but this made me think about why.
Her: It gave me a better understanding of the importance of marriage. That it is an important sacrament, not just about the wedding but the value of committing yourself to one person.
Both: Made us reflect on why we want to marry each other. We've been together so long that it was nice to relive some of the things that made us fall in love.
February 1st Ryan and Stephanie- San Diego, CA “I feel it opened the discussion on some topics we had not discussed yet and provided tools and resources that we can refer to in the future.”
Him:I t was very insightful and opened dialogue on many topics. I enjoyed the feedback we received from [the instructors].
Her: It was very informative. I really enjoyed the combination of his/her answers as well as creating an answer together, thus encouraging dialog, communication and active listening.
Both: The course allowed us to speak about many of the aspects of marriage that we have talked about in the past, however, the course gave us structure and allowed for more in depth discussions. Also, the importance of active listening and "I" statements.
February 2nd Brad and Courtney- Sante Fe, NM “It taught me how to understand and read the Bible as well as the Catechism of the Church.”
Him: It's very good, it brings new ideas, thought processes and skills to light while helping each one of us to understand ways of incorporating these into our daily life in order to help us build a strong healthy relationship between us and the Lord. And faith and love between us and our relationship.
Her: It was a great course!! I learned so much about what the Bible and Church teaches on marriage that I had never thought about!! I used to take the idea of marriage for granted, but after this course I never will.
Both: It allowed us to both learn together the broad depth of the church and her teachings along with the depth of the sacrament of matrimony. We were able to talk and discuss things that we never would have before.
February 3rd Robert and Jamie- Nortwich, CT “It brought me better clarity to what is really important in a marriage.”
Him: I thought it was very interesting and gave me a new (and insider) perspective on the catholic faith. The questions were very insightful and responses very thoughtful - you could tell a lot of care and attention went into planning it.
Her: I appreciated the lesson on forgiveness and reconciliation. I think this is an area I can improve on and I know that if I can learn to forgive, I will allow God more into my life, as well as strengthen my relationship with Rob and those I love
Both: It helped us talk about difficult issues we hadn’t addressed yet. It also allowed us to be completely open with each other and spend more quality time together. It made us excited to start our life together knowing that we have the right tools and guidance to get our marriage off on the right foot!
January 21st Adam and Sandra- San Diego,CA “I feel like it brought us closer together and I enjoyed the time we spent learning more about God and the Church.”
Him: I found that it brought us closer together spiritually and challenged us to do more spiritually as a family. I believe it brought us closer together and made us feel comfortable that we are making the right decision being married into the church. It also engaged our minds to think about stuff we may not have otherwise thought about.
Her: I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge from it that I will continue to take with me in my years to come.It revived it and gained my interest in attending mass every Sunday and doing more for the Church and its people. I want to be more active in helping others and our family and being closer to God will help that.
Both: We talk about our relationship with Christ more and our goals in the faith. Our number one goal is for all of us to enter into Heaven together and also help the rest of God's people.
January 22nd Liam and Amelia- San Jose, CA “By doing the course, we were able to take some quiet time together and reflect on God's words.”
Him: I appreciated the time spent with Amelia going over the Scriptures and discussing how we plan to raise our family in a loving Catholic household. It made us say out loud and fully understand God's words and intentions. It made me further understand how important the Sacrament of Marriage and my love for Amelia are.
Her: It got us to talk about our relationship from a new perspective, which I feel was ultimately a meaningful experience and time well spent. I really appreciated the thoughtful responses from our instructors.
Both: It helped us discuss in greater depth how we want to raise our family, and solidified our commitment to practice our faith.
January 23rd Dakota and Arianna- Sioux City, IA “I appreciated being able to feel more spiritually in-tune with myself and with my fiancé.”
Him: I appreciated being able to feel a deeper connection to the woman I asked to marry me and realized it isn't all just about her and I but about God first and foremost.
Her: I really enjoyed this course. It was great being able to take time away from the craziness of the day and spend time completing these assignments with my fiancé. It was a good refresher as a Catholic on thoughts sometimes we don't think about on a daily basis (but should) and was also nice to have self-reflection of what marriage really is, why we do it, and how we keep it.
Both: Our communication became more in-depth and reflective. Sometimes the days are so busy we are only able to touch on the surface of what has been happening in each others' lives. This course enabled us to set aside time from our busy schedules and to really discuss hard topics that we may not have had the opportunity to do prior to this course.
January 24th Medhat and Mary- Helena, MT “We loved it and it generated a lot of discussion, and it definitely fed our existing desire to grow close to God.”
Him: It gave us a good chance to have conversations on many different topics. Some of them we wouldn’t have thought of on our own.
Her: This course was much more in depth and informative than we expected. So many of my married friends tell me how they wish they had known more before they married, for various reasons. They would all have benefited from this course!
Both: This course generated a lot of discussions between us, which helped to communicate even more clearly with each other. We have also learned how very lucky we are to share our faith as deeply as we do, and this course reinforced our love for our faith and marriage's role in God's plan for us.
January 25th Sean and Kathryn- Military diocese “It reaffirmed many of the churches beliefs for me, and allowed me to enter into good discussions on a lot of these topics with my partner.”
Him: It was a good course, which gave us many, many discussion points on things that we had not talked about together as a couple. I believe that in touching upon all these things, we will be a stronger couple going into our marriage.
Her: The course sparked good discussions on various marriage themes and issues. We gained a good base of knowledge on the church's teachings on marriage. Our instructors personalized their responses and translated church teachings into their own words and experiences which made it more accessible.
Both: This program was a God send for us, given that we are posted in different locations up until the month that we get married. We truly appreciate all the work and feedback we got back from our instructors. Thank you all so much!
January 16th Mark and Katherine- New Orleans,LA “This course reminded me of the importance to have a strong spiritual foundation in your family and relationship”
Him: This was very beneficial and I felt like it was great for us both to be able and sit down and talk through. I appreciated all of the scripture verses that we read. I loved being able to highlight some of those in my bible as we went through the course and they will be great to go back to.
Her: I really enjoyed this course. I think it definitely helped prepare us for marriage and I am happy that we were able to talk through everything and actually look at some real life scenarios.
Both: We are big talkers and like to comment with each other, but this course was great to discuss some issues intently (like NFP) that we had never talked about before.
January 17th Thien and Thoaichau- Fort Worth, TX "Made me realize how much life and work have gotten in the way of my closeness to God”
Him: It has made me realize how much life and work has gotten in the way of my closeness to God. Relearning a lot of his teachings has made me yearn for the steadfast faith I had as a child. I hope to rekindle that relationship with Him.
Her: The course went into the topics a lot deeper than what I had expected. The variety of topics makes the course very helpful and brought us closer together as a couple now that we understand our mission in the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Both: It has allowed us to really clear the air on what our expectations are and where we are on our individual faith journey. It's good to be on the same page about certain things. However, we have found out that we don't share the same opinion on everything, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means we will have to work harder to communicate better.
January 18th Jimmy and Jonilee- San Francisco, CA “This course was very informative and gave great advice and guidance.”
Him:This preparation was a great way to spend time together in a very different way. We were able to learn new things, discuss and problem solve. It revived my faith. Doing this course, I learned many new things I never thought of or knew about marriage. A good way to look forward into our future becoming one.
Her: What I appreciated most is the closeness I feel with Jimmy and God because I already thought we were close, but this brought us even closer.
Both: We've always been practicing and finding ways to improve our communication, but talking about the teachings of the Church helped us involve God in our communication and decisions in life.
January 19th Adrian and Juanamaria- Sacramento, CA “It taught me a lot of things that I hadn't considered before.”
Him: This was awesome. I like that we both had to work together to formulate answers. Most importantly, [our instructors] had the best feedback. The detail they put in every question and every response. You can tell they love what they do, plus they’re really good at it.
Her: I loved it! I can't believe they responded with so much depth to each answer. I think that they have a lot of experience and faith in God.
Both: We can be open about our concerns and can rely and trust in God's plan.We will always look back to your advice when we are lost.
January 20th Cody and Kristina- Sioux City, IA “It brought me back to many of the truths of the Catholic Church and made me more aware of how to live my life as God wants.”
Him: It had a lot of good information and gives a couple a good grasp on what it takes to have a lasting relationship. I appreciated the in-depth answers that were given on the answer key and the real-life situations you two talked about to relate to the questions that were asked.
Her: It was well-rounded in its teachings about the Catholic Church and how the Catholic Church wants you to live your marriage.
Both: We talked about certain things more in depth that we hadn't before. We learned tools on how to better communicate. We will hopefully use these tools throughout the rest of our marriage (lives).
January 9th Patrick and Jaclyn- Toronto,CA “It provided us with a sense of focus and synchrony with regard to our love with one another and the valuable role that God and the Church can play in our marriage.”
Him: This prep course was fantastic. It helped us develop a greater appreciation of our love for each other but also the importance of Christ in our relationship and with our family and friends.
Her: It has revived our love and reasons why are excited to continue supporting and loving each other through marriage. It has also helped us with ways in which we can immerse ourselves and our families in God's love.
Both: We continue to be open, honest, and truthful in our communications with each other. We have strengthened our understanding of each other's desires and goals in life and in marriage.
January 10th Joshua and Amanda- Denver, CO “Learning how Christ will play a role in our marriage was so uplifting.”
Him: The closeness that it brought to our marriage, not that we were necessarily struggling but it brought us closer together to go through all of the lessons and learn how include God as a part of our marriage.
Her: Loved that it could be done on our time and schedule! The flexibility of the class is so great! Loved the content and the conversations that it invoked as well as learning the role that Christ and the church will play in our marriage. The resources and lessons were so informational for me as well, I am currently working through RCIA to become Catholic so a lot of teachings were new to me and I loved learning more about how the Church views marriage.
Both: Many of the questions allowed us to have very constructive conversation regarding the issues and questions, we never argued about a difference of opinion. Because of the openness going into it we were both very willing to hear each other's opinions.
January 11th Arie and Kristen- Venice, FL “I appreciated most about the information given on contraception and Natural Family Planning.”
Him: Learning more in depth about the Sacrament of Marriage and NFP. It allowed me to learn more about what God really wants for a couple joined together in the Sacrament of Marriage. Also, in regards to NFP, it showed me a way that I can be involved planning our family a safe and effective way without bringing harm to my wife.
Her: It has shown me to trust God more - that He will provide. It has also shown me ways on how to place Christ at the core of our marriage and to really appreciate the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Both: It brought about topics that we haven't discussed before and allowed us to learn how we each felt about these topics.
January 12th Juan and Ashley- Austin, TX “It allowed me and allows me to continue to explore my faith.”
Him: The feedback. It was honest and real. It made you feel like the couple was there with you, talking.It inspired me to make a bigger commitment to my faith and following God's way.
Her: Yes, I didn't know what to expect at first. I thought at one end that maybe it would just be readings and answers, and then on the other end, a lot of face to face time. I liked the in between that the course offered.
Both: It allowed us to set aside time to talk about faith, important issues, and where we stand on certain topics. Sometimes, time just needs to be reserved for such things.
January 13th Daniel and Andrea- Sacramento, CA “It forced us to communicate to each other about topics that we might not have talked about before, very positive and beneficial.”
Him: A very eye opening experience and helped me get a better understanding for my partner and it felt like it was a good first stage to bettering our relationship and communication towards each other.It went from me not really being involved whatsoever to me being more open and trying more faithful things.
Her: I appreciated this experience because it forced us to communicate to each other about topics that we might not have talked about before, very positive and beneficial.
Both: It made us communicate with each other and forced me (Andrea) to say the hard things or things I had been bottling up inside.
January 1st Derrick and Amanda- San Francisco,CA "I loved it. It really got into the most important issues and still had that personal touch.”
Him: This prep was great. Amanda and I have had the openness to discuss our issues and concerns while joining in our agreements. I really liked the references to scripture and how it affects many relationships. I also loved how open Amanda and I were, I felt it brought us closer as a couple.
Her: I loved that it got the conversation going between us on important issues. I really feel that it brought us closer to each other and closer to God.
Both: It absolutely improved our communication. We were able to talk more deeply and intimately with one another about important issues, like our family life and past relationships. It truly allowed us to open up our hearts to each other and trust that God was leading our conversations and guiding us toward a closer relationship.
January 2nd David and Juliana- Colorado Springs, CO “I found that this class brought not only David and I together but it also brought us closer in our relationship to God.”
Him: think this prep was very insightful and informative and has definitely opened my eyes to things I never knew about the Catholic Church. What I appreciated the most was learning about Jesus Christ and how he sacrificed himself for our sins; also that Jesus loves us for who we are regardless what we've done in our past. Furthermore, I also appreciated learning about NFP and the bad side effects of contraception. I think moving forward with NFP will lead to a healthier marriage and lifestyle for the both of us.
Her: I thoroughly enjoyed this prep as it forced us to think of new subjects within the Catholic Church and how we would better our marriage. It also strengthened our communication and helped us to start gathering tools to help us within our marriage during troubling times.
Both: We believe that the process of the course helped improved our communication because we are now able to communicate on a spiritual level and in turn has strengthen our bond as a couple. Moreover, we are laying a firm foundation for our future when we have kids and to teach them the Catholic faith.
January 3rd Donald and Amber- Sioux City, IA “I learned a lot more than what I thought I would.”
Him: It revived my faith. I have been raised Catholic but have never really looked at the marriage aspect of the Catholic religion. So it helped me to learn more about what God has really intended marriage to be.
Her: I liked it, I think it brought up important topics to talk about that most couples normally don't talk about. Very good tool for learning more about your partner.
Both: It has definitely improved our communication by giving us some of the tools to communicate effectively and become better listeners to each other. It also brought up topics that we have never really gone into to much depth about before and this allowed us to talk about it openly. It has also helped Donnie to open up more in knowing that your relationship is a lot healthier when you have effective communication.
January 4th Mark and Mary- Baton Rouge, LA “We both really opened up in ways we never have before and we learned new things about each other.”
Him: I liked that it inspired the conversations we grew to have and expanded on conversations that had been ongoing. It prompted us to discuss at length some pretty important things.
Her: I most appreciated learning about marriage as a sacrament. I never knew a lot of the background to it and it made me even more excited to get married. It made me reflect much more on how God needs to be, and will be, an integral part of our marriage. Wedding planning is a lot of work filled with unimportant details and it was wonderful to get a reality check and refocus myself on what is most important. I am paying attention now and can see how God is working in our lives.
Both: It put difficult subjects out into the open. Some subjects were previously difficult for us to talk about but in the context of the course, it made it easier to discuss and to come to an agreement.
January 5th Josh and Marisol- Tucson, AZ “It revived my faith by making me feel like God's intentions for our love is truly to make us stronger and build us as one whole in life although we are two beings.”
Him: This course was more than I expected, I only expected this to be a plan for our marriage but It also showed me ways that we can build our future as well, how we can avoid having problems with each other and always cherish our love.
Her: My overall impression is that it has very good information that every Catholic couple who is getting married should know. This prep fully prepares couples getting married by Church by teaching essential things for a marriage such as what is NFP and how to include God into your marriage.
Both: We talked more on things we did not discuss before, we learned more of our purpose with marriage and it only made us feel stronger for each other knowing that we felt the same and agreed with each other in all aspects of marriage.
December 26th Daniel and Claudette- Bethlehem,PA “It gave me the truth of God's role in the marriage and opened my eyes to how important it is that He be in everything we do.”
Him: The class was a great experience. It gave me a lot of tools that can be used in our marriage. I was not sure what to expect from the class, especially because it was online. I was very happy with how the class was laid out and how much Claudette and I were able to dialogue on the chapters. This class was very informative and thorough, a must for those looking to get married.
Her: This class was an eye-opener. It taught me things that I had no clue about, things I should see and expect in a marriage, and allowed me to view things differently (once given the right information). It's also taught me more about God. The information provided was both helpful and useful.
Both: We feel it gave us a better understanding of how to look at certain situations and gave us ways to express ourselves with meaning. It helped us understand more of what marriage entails and how marriage should be with God at its center.
December 27ht Griffin and Molly- Los Angeles, CA “I enjoyed taking our time to complete this together and have honest conversations about various topics.”
Him: We were able to discuss questions and topics that we may not have been able to do as openly. We knew that this would help us grow in our understanding of each other and increase our knowledge of the faith and sacrament of matrimony.
Her: I truly enjoyed that were able to go at our own pace during this process. I have been involved with my faith and the Catholic Church, but loved learning more with Griffin and having important conversations as we begin this journey together.
Both: We were able to have discussions about important topics we may not have otherwise shared openly about.
December 28th Aaron and Abby- Omaha, NE “It has let us both know where we both stand on some topics."
Him: I enjoyed this class. It helped me to realize what she thinks and how she feels about many topics, some of which we have never really talked about.
Her: This class helped us to better prepare for and understand God’s purpose of marriage. It put me back into perspective of just how important Christ is in our daily lives, and how important he wil be in our marriage. In addition it helped provide us tools and advice to help us throughout our marriage.
Both: It has encouraged us to talk about some topics that we have not yet discussed, and also let us both know about where we both stand on these topics. This course has sparked us to initiate conversations and discuss things further in order to compromise. In addition, we have been more inclined to take into consideration our partner’s point of view and how he/she may be affected in certain situations.
December 29th Krishna and Sandra- Cleveland, OH “a pretty elaborate crash course on the Catholic religion, what marriage is about, how it came to bem and what can we expect going forward.”
Him: I loved it! Being from a different religion, this course was a pretty elaborate crash course on the Catholic religion, what marriage is about, how it came to be, and what can we expect going forward. I also loved the links and videos that were abundant in the assignments. The assignment nature of the course made it very easy and kind of fun to understand the different aspects of marriage. The course renewed my desire to get closer to God and His Church.
Her: The classes were very informative, not exclusively because of the religious aspect of marriage and the rite, but because it touches on everyday problems and situations that marriages face.
Both: It helped us see both of our religions and what their teachings are. But more than that, it brought us together to do the assignments, and we loved that we could communicate online and fill out the answers together.
December 30th David and Gia- Philadelphia, PA “I appreciated getting the time to sit down with my fiance and understood her perspectives on these subjects as well as my own.”
Him: This prep was beneficial in guiding me and my future wife on the right path to make the right choices along with involving Christ in our marriage for the rest of our lives.
Her: This course successfully prepared us for the journey of marriage. It taught us how to incorporate God into our lives as a couple as well as how to handle hardships during our marriage.
Both: This course improved our communication because we were able to complete the course together as a couple and speak with each other about answers and gaining more perspective.
December 18th Thomas and Gabriela- San Antonio,TX “This course reminded me just how important my faith is to me and how much I want it to be a part of my future.”
Him: I enjoyed the course because it was interesting, informative, and I learned a lot more than I expected. It was an easy to use system and the courses were really interesting.I really appreciated that the course was very easy to use and worked well for Cristina and my time differences.
Her: I greatly appreciated that we were able to complete this course at our convenience. With the distance and 6 hour time difference, I was very thankful that we could do the course as it fit in our schedule and didn't have to worry about managing his, mine, AND the sponsor couple's schedules.
Both: Neither one of us were hesitant about sharing our innermost thoughts with one another, but this course definitely made us feel more comfortable doing so.
December 19ht Andrew and Lauren- Baton Rouge, LA “I feel much more prepared for our future as man and wife and look forward to see what the future holds.”
Him: t put a light into our eyes as to how much we are not practicing our religion as well as being active in the church. I appreciated that we dealt with the same couple the entire course. We were able to connect with them because of it.
Her: It revived my desire to get closer to God and His Church. I have been active in the Church before, and this course reminded me of all the things I loved about having a close relationship with God. I appreciate the conversations this course encouraged Andrew and I to have. They may not have been the most comfortable, but they were real and necessary before our marriage.
Both: It most definitely improved our communication. We have discussed a lot of things as a couple, but communication is always something that can be worked on and improved. The topics discussed most definitely encouraged a deeper level of communication between us.
December 20th Federico and Silvia- London, UK “We are very happy with the outcome and will revisit the learnings on a regular basis, as they are useful for a lifetime.”
Him: I found this preparation course very useful. It made us reflect a lot and it made us discussing more deeply than what we had done before, on important matters related to marriage and love life. I found the teachings useful in our everyday life. It was hard work...but very it was very worth!
Her: Very well organized and full of both theoretical and practical insights that enriched our knowledge about Christianity, love, marriage and life. We also found that our relationship strengthened due to this course, as we learned very practical tools to work on the important issues that form a successful and happy marriage.
Both: We really appreciated a lot the exercise about communication and the text with practical tools to communicate better. We found that they are extremely helpful not only to communicate to each other, but also to apply in other situations in life, e.g. at the work environment. We will be revisiting the text very often and continue applying the learnings throughout our entire life and circumstances, as we believe the more we practice, the more natural it becomes.
December 21st Jonathan and Elizabeth- Estes Park, CO “I got more out of it than I was expecting.”
Him: I like that it had a vast variety of things it covered. I like how it brought in the foundations of the religion.It made me remember things about my faith that I have forgotten in the past.
Her: It covered a lot of different areas and our instructors took time to respond to us individually.It focused on aspects of the teachings that will apply to us as a married couple.
Both: We have talked more in depth about some of the topics that we had only briefly talked about. We learned more about active listening and conflict resolution. Those tools have helped our communication!
December 22nd David and Emily- Pensacola, FL “This course reminded us to keep God at the center of our lives”
Him: I am impressed with this prep. It has done a great job for us. It showed us that we need to continue to keep God number one in our relationship and that we need to always look to Him.
Her: I was surprised how much David and I talked during and after each lesson. We really took this seriously and had so many great in depth discussions about God and our marriage expectations. I loved doing this. I constantly think about how important David is to me, but I don't actively think about how important God and Christ are to me like I should. This course reminded me of what is the most important center of our individual cores as well as the core of our relationship.
Both: It lead us to answer questions and discuss topics together that we have not encountered yet. We know that we cannot hide anything from each other and that is important that we always remain open with each other and with God.
From Brandon and Melissa, Denver - December 15th, 2016
1) What is your overall impression of this class?
Him: I really enjoyed becoming closer to Melissa through this process. The practical skills that we learned in this class with the incorporation of Christ's teachings will only strengthen our marriage. We look forward to our future together and are thankful for what we have taken away from these classes.
Her: I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the flexibility of these classes. Because my schedule is constantly changing in my line of work this class allowed Brandon and I to complete our marriage prep classes at our own pace. We particularly enjoyed the Green Sex lesson. It really helped us become firm believers in Natural Family Planning.
2) Did it meet your expectations?
Him: It met my expectations and refreshed my memory on some important teachings the Bible has to say about the beginnings of man and woman and how matrimony truly unites them.
Her: I far exceeded my expectations. I loved that the lessons were significant to the times we live in and it help me to relate all of these lessons to our relationship.
3) Did you take the time to read most of the links provided in the answer keys? We did read most of the links in the answer keys. We weren't able to read them all, but we were able to read most of them. We really liked that we were referred to counselors in a few of the lessons. I think that is incredible that we have access to something like that within this online course. We fortunately have not had to use those services, but we like that we have the option even after the course concludes.
4) What did you appreciate most and why?
Him: I particularly liked the forgiveness card. The forgiveness card allowed me to write down what and whom I wanted to forgive. The prayer on the card helped to guide me in prayer to seek strength to forgive someone who I was struggling to forgive.
Her: My favorite part of this course was the love letters we wrote for each other. These are moments that we shared with one another that we can always go back and reminisce on. These are treasures that I will cherish for the rest of our lives together. They truly deepened my love for him.
5) Did it ignite, revive, or renew your desire to get closer to God and his Church? Yes
How did it revive - or not - your faith?
Him: It revived my faith because it helped me to take charge in leading prayer with Melissa. We would pray before we started our marriage prep sessions and before we would have meals together. This is something that we lacked in our lives and this helped us to reconnect with prayer.
Her: It revived my faith in a way that made me more aware of what a precious vessel my body is. It made me realize that we need to respect the act of abstinence prior to marriage so that when we are with each other on our marriage night we can truly give ourselves to one another as gifts.
6) In order to solidify your relationship with Christ, what are your plans for participating actively in parish life?
Him: We plan to volunteer in the near future. We want to particularly become more actively involved in a specific parish. Melissa's schedule makes it difficult for us to practice at one parish because she works every other weekend we tend to go to a few to make mass.
Her: I really want to become present in one parish and provide my professional skills in some way. I want to be able to help the elderly organize there medications, and help them understand their purpose. I feel that would be a useful way to contribute to a single or even multiple parishes.
Did the process of the course allow you to communicate better and share in depth as a couple? Yes
How did it improve - or not - your communication?
This course tremendously improved our communication. We were able to talk and work through some uncomfortable topics (Natural Family Planning), we discussed our answers we originally provided with Deacon Colin in our initial interview to begin our marriage folder (which were different from each other on quite a few questions). We honestly communicate very well with one another this course only helped point out certain topics for further discussion.
8) Let us know if you have any other comments.
Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance in this course. We wish you all the luck and we will keep your family in our prayers as well.
November 28th Adam and Kaitlin- Lansing,MI "We were able to discuss our viewpoints and answers together in our home, where we could share our ideas openly and connect together even better.”
Him: It definitely revived my faith. Getting married in the Catholic Church is something that is very important to me and these classes just reaffirmed all my beliefs as to why getting married in the Catholic Church is the right decision for us.
Her: I appreciated that I was able to discuss things at my own pace with my fiancé.It revived my faith because it reminded me how important the values of the Church are in the sacrament of marriage and how important a role that faith plays in relationships and building a family.
Both: t definitely helped improve our communication skills and open up a whole new dialogue.Thank you for a wonderful experience.
November 29th Joshua and Sarah- Atlanta, GA “It has opened my eyes to new views of the Catholic Churches teachings.”
Him: Overall it was good. I feel as a couple we learned new things and opened a new line of communication on things we were already working on together. I do feel we have become closer as a couple due to subjects discussed throughout the courses.
Her: I appreciated the fact that it gave us a clear view of the work we had already done to prepare for marriage.It reminded me of how to fully trust in God and that we can put everything with him.
Both: It forced us to communicate in depth on subjects previously not thought of by her or myself and allowed us to talk more in depth on subjects that we have discussed before Marriage Prep.
November 30th Patrick and Monica- Denver, CO “it is so different being married civilly vs in the Catholic Church!”
Him: It has encouraged us to pray on an evening basis, and also when times are very tough. Communication is something we've struggled with before, and though we're much better now, we are always looking to improve.
Her: I loved it. Honestly, it is so different being married civilly vs in the Catholic Church, so we had a lot of learning to do. I thought the readings, links, resources were all really helpful. And questions were thought provoking!
Both: It is truly special to be married in the Catholic Church, and I realize how serious and reverent this next step is!
December 1st Dan and Kimi- Military Archdiocese “Because of this course, I made a commitment to attend Mass every Sunday”
Him: This preparation course far exceeded my expectation. I liked the course and its materials. I felt that it was relevant to our relationship. It brought me closer to my faith and to Kimi. Because of this course, I made a commitment to attend mass every Sunday.
Her: I liked the course very much and I believed it brought me closer to understanding the sacrament of marriage and my role in my relationship.
Both: It allowed Dan and I to understand that marriage is not only about us. It is about God and his love through us. That communication with God and each other is important and central to marriage. Also that we are on the same team and with God we are "dealing" with the challenges together as they arise.
December 2nd Peter and Arielle- Portland, OR “Great tools for producing effective communication.”
Him: I thought it was very though provoking and sparked good dialogue between Arielle and myself. It provided me with a lot of information that I did not know much about.
Her: I appreciate the dialogue this prep created about God in our daily life and future together. I appreciated this because although we had spoken about religion and God openly, we had not discussed in as much detail about how God would play a daily part in our relationship as a married couple.The course was refreshing to me because a lot of this material I learned in high school. This allowed me to learn more about the sacrament of marriage and it made me excited to share my faith with my spouse AND continue to be an active participant in the church. Being able to discuss our views together and really think hard about what is important and how we would like to raise our family.”
Both: We really enjoyed the active listening and "I" statements.
November 20th Joe and Moira- Youngstown, OH “The sacrament of marriage is a way to grow closer to Christ and God.”
Him: I was pleased with the prompt feedback provided by the instructors. They took time to provide answers to each of our questions and gave lengthy discussions that will help us grow closer to each other in the future.
Her: I think this course came at a very opportune time in my life, personally. I had been struggling with my life on campus and wishing to have a way to connect with others in my faith and have new resources to reflect on (and also to really spend time with Joe discussing these sort of things as we prepared for our marriage) and this course helped me all of those things. In a sense, it helped strengthen my faith because it provided resources and a means of doing so.
Both: It provided the opportunity to discuss things we had each expressed a wish to talk about at different times. The guided questions and structure of the course made these discussions more fruitful and productive. We were able to go more in-depth in areas we may not have otherwise, or thought about exploring further.
November 21st Benjamin and Aileen- Rockville Centre, NY “I really enjoyed this prep. The instructors were fantastic, and the amount of information and feedback we were given was amazing.”
Him: I really enjoyed this prep. The instructors were fantastic, and the amount of information and feedback we were given was amazing. I would have to say the love letters. When I was away at boot camp I would write Aileen every night, and the love letters brought back a lot of emotions. It was in boot camp, through our letters, that I knew she was the woman I would marry. Being able to express myself in writing to her, and for her to do the same was amazing.
Her: It by far exceeded my expectations. The questions really made me think and spark deep conversations with Ben.I would have to say I appreciate the Love Letters most. Writing back and forth with Ben reminded me why I love him so much. We were able to open up and I can now have these memories forever.
Both: Our communication is already great, but this course did open up new conversations. We both know how important our faith is and this course let us discuss it more thoroughly.
November 22nd Jack and Angelica- St. Louis, MO “We really had to take the time to sit down and communicate through all these worksheets…”
Him: Very helpful in teaching us and allowing us to delve deeper into and communicate about certain aspects of marriage that we had not discussed previously.
Her: It was incredibly informative and helpful. I am so happy Jack and I did this together. We learned so much about each other and I truly feel that this course has educated us to have a wonderful marriage together.
Both: This marriage prep course allowed us to get together every week and discuss the assignments, we learned things about each other we never knew, and we grew deeper in love and connection with our spirituality and God. We greatly improved our communication!
November 23rd Chuck and Chioma- Owerri, Nigeria “The class opened my eyes about a lot of things.”
Him: It renewed my desire to get closer to God and His Church. The teachings in this course, starting from the lessons at the Garden of Eden allowed me to better understand God’s love and patience for humanity. This revived my faith.
Her: The marriage course is very amazing, and I learned a lot from it. I learned the importance of sacrament, the importance of abstinence before marriage, and what marriage is all about which is inviting God to your union. The danger of contraceptives and the benefits of NFP. It taught me how important it is to forgive my spouse. And above all, the tools of marriage and the things that can endanger our marriage.
Both: The process of this course positively re-shaped our relationship. It gave us insight on how to live together and provided us with tools to have a happy marriage. Taking this course together allowed us to engage in deep conversations and made us think about how to handle real-life situations.
November 25th Bukky and Oghenetega- Atlanta, GA “It highlighted important points about the Catholic faith especially pertaining to marriage and helped us both to thirst to have God as the foundation of our marriage.”
Him: Beyond what I expected. The feedback which helps us see from a different perspective about various topics.
Her: It highlighted important points about the Catholic faith especially pertaining to marriage and helped us both to thirst to have God as the foundation of our marriage.
Both: We both accept to discuss more on what each of us does not like and allowed for us to understand that we disagree to agree to accept each other flaws.
November 12th Jarvis and Roxanne- Honolulu, HI “I've learned a lot from this class and I have a better understanding about the Church.”
Him: The class to me was very informational. Help me to get a better understand the journey I’m about to take and really help me and my fiancée to me more verbal with each other by talking to each other about situation we did in the class.
Her: It has revived my faith by teaching me the ways of the Church and God's ways. It has made me to have a fuller understanding of God's teachings.
Both: It helped by having to sit down 2 hours or more to talk about what we both are looking for in our marriage, and what problems might happen within our marriage and how to prepare for the worse and the good in it.
November 13th Kevin and Chelsea- Hopewell, NY “The course helped me to reaffirm my connection with God and know that the church will be there for me and my husband in the future.”
Him: I'm glad that we did this prep, as it led to conversations that we may not have had otherwise. It got us to look at things from another point of view than we originally thought.
Her: I found this prep to be helpful in making us discuss our ideas about faith, religion and how we want to continue to have a strong relationship with God and one another.
Both: It made us recognize the importance of staying close with God and incorporating God into our marriage and family.
November 14th Ryan and Ryan- Phoenix, AZ “Enjoyable, easy and insightful.”
Him: It made me want to strive better to pray, attend church and keep faith all that can in the best way I can, as a couple and family. I appreciated getting to know Gods teachings of marriage and life in marriage. Also the tools and support provided for a healthy plan and future with my wife.
Her: It was beautiful, insightful and full of learning tools. It was easy to follow, do and understand. The teachers were so friendly and full of great advice.
Both: It helped remind me of my love for the church in a different way, it helped me to continue to strive more and more to pray together and forward with faith and trust in God.
November 15th Michal and Margaret-Philadelphia, PA “It made us think about the different ways to communicate with God, and it strengthened the bond that we have.”
Him: It was a good experience that made me think about Christ and His love for me outside of the box, and how that love can be transferred onto others. I liked that fact that the questions made you think. They were not a read and answer type of questions, the person had to really sit back and reflect on what was being asked.
Her: It is a positive preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church, and it makes you discuss many things that you wouldn't have otherwise. It made us think more about God's teachings, and pray together more as well.
Both: It made us discuss different aspects of our relationship with a renewed focus on God's teachings.
November 16th David and Elizabeth- Sioux City, IA “the opportunity to discuss the "difficult topics"
Him: My overall impressions of this prep were very eye opening. There were many topics in this prep that brought up conversations that we would not have had otherwise. Also to bring us closer to each other and to God by going through questions and our thought process. We will always be able to look back on this course and your feedback when we ever go through the topics that came up.
Her:I was very impressed with this course overall. I really liked the questions that we discussed. I felt like they were topics that David and I may not have discussed otherwise. By going through these topics designed for marriage, it helped me immensely to look deep inside myself to want to learn more about God and his relationship for us and my relationship.”
Both:We believe the questions that were asked on each of these assignments allowed us the opportunity to discuss the "difficult topics". Talking about money, infidelity, and so on, are not easy discussions to have. But, because we have a relationship that allows us to be open with one another, we feel that talking about these topics was very beneficial!
November 7th Brandon and Tara- Denver, CO “I think that spiritually we have grown together.”
Him: It was helpful because it made us consider things/situations that we hadn't before. If we had considered them before, then the prep lessons encouraged us to think and talk about them in a different manner.
Her: I think this course reminded me of how deep and rich the Catholic teachings are. I like that the lessons had explanations and reasons for the way we do and see things regarding marriage.
Both: It gave us the topics to talk about and we worked to communicate them to each other. Because we had to complete the assignments together, we got to dedicate time to sit down and share our thoughts and ideas.
November 8th Bert and Laura- Dallas, TX “I love that it gave us a chance to dive into the tough questions and talk about our intimate feelings about everything that will come with marriage.”
Him: I thoroughly enjoyed it and am very glad that this is an option for us. [The mentor couple] were very involved and thorough, we very much enjoyed how personal they were sharing their experiences.
Her: I thought this was a wonderful way to bond with Cam as we prepare for our upcoming wedding. It gave us an opportunity to discuss very intimate details fully that we will reflect back on for the rest of our lives.
Both: It forced us to talk about things that are not easy to discuss, but it solidified that we are on the same page and we have talked openly about the most critical major moments to come in our marriage.
November 9st Andrew and Jillian-St. Louis, MS “It made me interested to learn more about the church and its teachings.”
Him: I thought it was good. It helped us think about a lot of things we don't normally talk about.
Her: I liked a lot of it. I am usually very uncomfortable when talking about religion, so I am very vulnerable when I do. It created several intimate moments with my future spouse as we had difficult conversations. I expected uncomfortable conversations to arise, and they did. This made both me and my future spouse have to pause and think before discussing the ideas in the prep.
Both: We get to talk about faith for the first time! This has never been a huge conversation in our relationship, but it opened up the gates, and we hope to continue it.
November 10th Glenn and Christina-Scottsdale, AZ “I feel we grew closer through our learned assignments”
Him: Very informative, faith filled information, I feel we grew closer through our learned assignments, with a deeper knowledge, this will continue on our faith path, along with the Sacrament of Matrimony and the blessings we receive in Love for one another and for God.
Her: I loved it! So much truth and depth as is our Catholic faith! It was nice to sit next to each other through these assignments and really work together even more as a couple. A deeper sense of commitment to each other. I plan on reviewing our assignments; there is so much fantastic information!
Both: This is unlike anything we have worked on together as a couple, a moment to help each other connect deeper in our faith and our commitment to each other, to have and to hold, in sickness and health, We are so very grateful and happy we made this very important decision in our lives and for our family. Thank you for being our wings on this journey.
November 11th Michael and Alysha- Westminster, UK “It was good to learn and to be ensured what and which exactly are the values to the Catholic Church.”
Him: What I appreciated the most it was teaching couples that they should be humble and try always to overcome their problems as a team, not trying to blame each other or try to find something/someone to put the blame on.
Her: It was really good! I didn't expect to be so clarifying, so soul liberating. It had many things that I didn't know and I wasn't aware of it. This has also renewed my strength and commitment with God and His wills. This has been a such nice guidance which made me reflected on God's love and grace, allowing us to have created at the end of this preparation a strong foundation which is full of Christian's values to our marriage.
Both: It improved us to communicate better, to think about future problems that could possibly come along and how to solve them, to look our life how it is now and what are we trying to achieve with marriage, to make Jimmy understand more what are the teachings of God and why He wants it like that and understanding that God wants the best for us and He is and He will always be in our marriage because marriage IS living in God's sacrament and grace. We now know what we are, were we come from and what we want to achieve together, and to avoid future surprises.
October 30th Glen and Luz Del Carmen- Phoenix, AZ “The course was developed so perfectly, we had the chance to know more about our faith and share our point of view with each other.”
Him: I liked WS God's Plan for Humanity because it gave Lucy and I deep conversation of Man's role as husband, protector and leader of love. I liked the WS on forgiveness, which is essential for peaceful harmonious marriage. The Rite of Marriage was also a wonderful one, preparing for the sacred mysteries, our love to each other and responsibilities.
Her: Excellent! I really enjoyed this prep, all the subjects were so interesting and important to strengthen our faith, but overall comprehend the importance of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Both: It brought forward between us how to relate in unknown situations, bear patience, respond to forgiveness, and acquire the gift of understanding and mutual love for each other.
October 31st Coleton and Rebecca- Kansas City, KS “I was surprised at how practical this marriage prep was.”
Him: It revived my faith because it opened my eyes to how important and necessary God is to having a successful marriage. We will need His support and presence on a daily basis and through prayer, attending Mass, etc. this will bring us closer to Him and each other.
Her: My overall impression of this prep is that it did a fantastic job of covering religious and daily encounters that need to be discussed prior to marriage. It got Coleton and me to open up and talk about things we either hadn't discussed yet or hadn't elaborated on.
Both: It improved our communication by showing us ways to actively listen and opening our line of communication about an array of topics.
November 1st Christopher and Elissa-Denver, CO “It helped us to focus in on some areas which we hadn't talked about, and really helped us dig deeper into our faith.”
Him: I enjoyed the nature of the questions and recourses. The feedback was, and will continue to be very helpful as a reference later on. There is so much material that we will be able to come back to it time and again.
Her: I appreciated that it got us talking about things that probably would not have come up right away. It was nice to hear what he had to say.
Both: It has helped us gain a better understanding of being open to one another and how to more clearly communicate with openness.
November 2nd Donald and Ipanema-Harrisburg, PA “I (we) especially appreciated all of the detailed, personal feedback, tailored to us, on all of the lessons.”
Him: It was very informative (and interesting, and, at times, humorous, as in the Nail-in-the-Head video) about our Catholic marriage, and I hadn't realized how much good, general "couple's counseling" we'd get out of it too! It was all very appropriate, I felt, to our plans and our future lives together in the faith and as a couple.
Her: Reminder of the true meaning of what life, love, and marriage are about, especially through the videos and stories about Jesus (the forgiveness video) and the wisdom from God about how to live our lives together, like him.
Both: It really spurred us on to talk about some of the important issues that we need to talk about anyway. It served as a confirmation that these issues *need* discussion and daily attention.
November 3rd Michael and Alysha- Norwich, CT “Very informative and made you think.”
Him: It made us sit down and talk more about our faith and our relationship with each other and God. It got us out of the everyday world to stop and think about life
Her: The fact that this course gave us a chance to actually sit down with each other and focus on the questions and how they might affect us. It started conversations that might otherwise not have happened.
Both: This course gave us the opportunity to stop our daily lives and sit down to talk about us and our future and our Faith!
October 22nd Benjamin and Nicole- Swanton, OH “I thought it was insightful and that I learned more than I expected to.”
Him: I felt it was very beneficial. It forced us to learn more about our faith and we talked about topics we never thought we would have to cover. I appreciated that it allowed us to work together toward a common goal. This is because it boosted our communication and our team skills, both things that I feel are highly important for marriage.
Her: I appreciated that they required so much discussion, I feel like I learned a lot about Ben and about my faith. I liked that the instructors went so in depth with the answer keys as well.
Both: It has inspired me to work harder to keep up a strong relationship with God, and to continuously invite Him into my life and my relationships.
October 23rd Joseph and Rebecca- Portland, OR “I really enjoyed praying before the courses and after as well”
Him: I learned a lot about in this Catholic marriage prep. I am glad that I was able to participate and understand more about the sacrament of marriage. It made me want to be closer to God and thank Him for the companion in my life.
Her: The prep was very thorough and very educational. I am glad that I got to review with my fiancée the Catholic teachings of God and we were able to discuss important facts and potential conflicts that arise in a marriage. I really enjoyed praying before the courses and after as well. I feel like it made Joe and I closer to God and our faith. We will continue to pray together throughout our marriage.
Both: We were able to discuss topics that were uncomfortable to talk about before. These courses gave us the opportunity to open up about our future children and in laws. This course definitely helped our communication.
October 24th Eduardo and Natalie-San Francisco, CA “This course really challenged me to focus on how God is a part of all aspects of my life, and will be a part of my marriage.”
Him: This course has reminded me of a lot of the teachings I received as a child about Jesus. It has definitely reactivated my faith and I'm excited to share it with my future wife.
Her: I think it was extremely valuable to take some time to consider many issues that are important to our lives and our marriage. We were able to delve deeply into some difficult issues, while also learning a lot about our expectations for marriage.
Both: It forced us to talk about issues that were difficult for us. Keeping lines of communication open about all things (not just the easy stuff) is important.
October 25th Aidan and Amber-Westminster, UK “This is a great, flexible course that deepens your faith and understanding and I hope many more couples complete it!”
Him: I really enjoyed this wedding preparation course and the ability to complete it over a period time where we were able to thoroughly discuss very important issues. I found the feedback to be very quick, personalized and comprehensive further; I really enjoyed reading it and discussing it with Amber. I also really liked the links that the answer key provides allowing us to further understand the reasons behind the answer keys.
Her: I appreciated the answer key and the detailed responses of our tutors. The quizzes were very useful and helped us to discuss our priorities, hopes and expectations from marriage; we might not have explicitly discussed these issues otherwise.
Both: It provided an opportunity to discuss issues that we hadn't discussed as a couple. These included things like what my faith means to me, children, finances, what marriage really is and the expectations we have of each other. It has provided us with a renewed and improved channel of communication and brought us together as a couple and a team.
October 26th Felipe and Brittany- Lubbock, TX “It went above and beyond. We have grown as a couple in so short of time and learned so much about our faith.”
Him: It was great super exciting. It helped out in so many ways and has been our topic in conversations for the past few days. The courses were GREAT!!! And our instructors were outstanding.
Her:IT WAS AMAZING!! Felt like we grew in our relationship not only with each other but also with God.
October 15th Jesse and Bianca- Sacramento, CA “It helped me understand that back story to marriage and brings me closer through this Sacrament.”
Him: I appreciated the fact that the feedback was all written to our responses and not standardized answers. It was very informative and nice. It is enlightening and gets you to think about your relationship from different perspectives.
Her: It was nice to explore the meaning behind being married in a Catholic church and getting to know ourselves even better.
Both: We were able to bring up subjects that are uncomfortable and talk through our issues well and it showed us that this can be used in other disagreements.
October 16th Scott and Brittany- Atlanta, GA “It brought up a lot of topics that haven't been explored in a while.”
Him: This class has allowed us to work together to improve our knowledge and our Faith in preparing for our wedding. I appreciated all of the education and how it made us discuss several topics that we have not approached prior.
Her: The class was very informative and allowed us to deepen our Faith together. I appreciated the conversation that the classes sparked between us.
Both: We feel that our communication is excellent but it did bring up new topics for us to discuss more in depth.
October 17th Dennis and Rosa-Brooklyn, NY “It almost didn't feel like it was online, it was more like you guys were present with us”
Him: I felt it was very encouraging and engaging between me and Rose. It forced us to think theologically and practically about ourselves and the future of our marriage. I thought I understood what purpose was but this really gave a blueprint of what real purpose in Christ is all about. We gained so much in such a short period of time. It almost didn't feel like it was online, it was more like you guys were present with us, and took your time to read and comment on our answers.
Her: I really enjoyed this preparation, it made me think about things in such a different way. Being part of the Catholic Church my whole life I never knew some of the thing I learned in this marriage preparation about the approach the church has on different topics. It really sparked up many good conversations between Dennis and I on every topic addressed. We are especially are grateful for your deep and profound feedback full of so much wisdom.
Both: We understand in a much deeper level now how important it is for us to pray together first about everything. It also opened us up to think about God together instead of just individually. We will surely be continuing to benefit from all the resources we were provided through this course and your profound wisdom.
October 18th Steven and Shireen-Topeka, KS “It went above and beyond any expectations I had for a marriage prep course!”
Him: I appreciated the large amount of resources that were provided throughout the course and also the use of videos throughout. This really helped to bring perspective and more depth into the course.
Her: The course definitely renewed my desire to get closer to God and His Church and it has ignited the desire to want to serve Him more!
Both: It gave us many important things to discuss and also made us talk again about things that we have previously discussed. It also gave us new insight on different ways to communicate.
October 19th Gabriel and Kristen- Providence, RI “I always felt like we could be honest and open and that you had our best interests at heart.”
Him: It has made me more aware of ways in which I could be living my faith more fully, and how being closer to God can help me serve my future spouse and my community better. It has pushed me to grow in my faith and as a person in preparation for our marriage and for the rest of our lives.
Her: I thought this prep was very thorough and informative. I enjoyed spreading the prep out over multiple weeks because it gave us something to think and talk about each week. The course kept the focus on God in our relationship and provided many helpful words of wisdom and tools for the future.
Both: The course allowed us to concretely expand our thoughts on topics we had discussed in the past, and created greater depth in our communication. The joint responses were particularly helpful in improving our communication and understanding of one another's thoughts on a topic.
October 8th Paul and Kimberly- Blauvelt, NY “We had great advice, there are so many tools that we can avail ourselves of, and we have a plan now for the future.”
Him: I appreciated how it really worked for both of us. We were able to spend the time working together and learning more about ourselves.
Her: I really liked it. I think we had a really good relationship with our instructors and we learned a lot. We also learned that we need to learn more and continue with lessons for our faith.
Both: We are really impressed. We definitely want to share this program with others because not everyone can go to an in person class.
October 9th Scott and Brittany- Atlanta, GA “It reminded me the importance of the sacraments and how I should incorporate those in my everyday life.”
Him: I thought it was very useful. It's good to have an outline of topics to cover prior to marriage. [It] brings up many topics that we didn't think of or can be uncomfortable to discuss.
Her: It was a good course. I liked that we were able to finish the worksheets on our own time. It allowed us to really talk about each topic together in detail.
Both: The course is a good format to talk intentionally and in detail about things you normally may only discuss in passing or wait until you have to talk about them.
October 10th Mauricio and Kaley-Toledo, OH“It really reminded me of the importance of my faith”
Him: I really enjoyed it! Learned a lot and I feel excited we get to be married in the Catholic Church.
Her: I feel like this was a great tool to really learn more about our faith and each other before our wedding. I really enjoyed how personal this was and how [the instructors] really took the time to address our answers and push us to grow more!
Both: We both found the active listening part so helpful! Really reminded us to take a step back and put the relationship before our individual selves.
October 11th Patrick and Halsey-Burlingame, CA “I think it definitely helped revive my faith and will allow us to be more open to it during this next chapter.”
Him: It was very helpful and awakening. As a student of a Catholic high school, it has been so long since I’ve revisited the definitions and meanings of the sacraments and Catholic life that it was a great refresher course before this journey we're about to embark on together. It definitely has already made me more cognizant of living a more holy life as a Catholic, and how helpful and important it will be during this next chapter. Very revealing and challenging course (in a good way!).
Her: I thought it was a great prep before marriage and started some conversations on topics that we had not discussed before. I did not know about NFP prior to this class and am very interested in it. We also made the "class nights" special by planning out our evenings together that we would make dinner and work on them together, and talk about Christ in our lives.
Both: It made us talk more about our faith and goals as a married couple then we had prior to taking this course. We feel that communication (in all forms - with God, ourselves, our family) was always a central theme to this course, and that it is something that needs to be constantly cultivated during this next chapter of life.
October 12th Jose and Giovanna-San Mateo, CA “I feel blessed and extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to take this class.”
Him: I thought the prep course was very insightful and taught me things about my faith that I never fully understood. I always felt marriage was an important commitment but now I feel I have a better understanding of what it means and why a faith based marriage is richer than the secular practice of bonding a couple.
Her: I truly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the topics presented, and work together with Jose on identifying "our joint answers". I feel I will be able to apply what I learned in our marriage. I'm also very grateful for our instructors' non-judgmental and supportive approach.
Both: Although Jose and I have been pretty good at communicating with each other, this class allowed us to reflect together and discuss how we both feel about our faith, societal issues, marriage, etc.; which opened up a whole new level of sharing.
October 1st Ryan and Maura- Philadelphia, PA “I appreciated the diversity in the topics covered and that there were real issues that should be discussed”
Him: I felt like it was a good opportunity to reconnect with God, the church and set the foundation for our marriage.
Her: I liked the opportunity to sit down and focus on the real purpose of marriage, our commitment to each other and our commitment to God. Being in the thrones of wedding planning, it gets so easy to forget what the day is really about and it becomes more of an event-planning thing and less about the reason for the event. It gets too easy to get tangled up in the busyness of planning. This was a nice distraction from it and helped set the foundation like Ryan said.
Both: We had to discuss our feelings out right with each other, discuss things that we probably normally wouldn't discuss, and for some of the answers, when we disagreed, we talked about why we felt that way and we better understood where we were individually coming from on the topic.
October 2nd Johnathan and Valbona- Detroit, MI “It challenged us to have in-depth discussions about many topics and scenarios that we had not thoroughly discussed yet.”
Him:I t gave me a newfound excitement to be able to practice my faith with my future wife, and raise my future family in a household of strong faith. The course put the importance of faith within a household/family into even clearer perspective for me as mandatory and a priority.
Her: The prep made us confront and communicate about many significant issues and circumstances not only regarding our faith, but our marriage and future family/life.
Both: It challenged us to address topics and issues within our faith and future marriage. It brought us closer as a couple by having us communicate on a deeper, more thorough level. Furthermore, it taught the importance of practicing our faith as a couple, in our household and family life. Our instructors were amazing, and we would just like to say thank you for making it such a pleasant learning and growing experience.
October 3rd Steven and Mary-Sacramento, CA “This course was very thought provoking and eye opening at the same time.”
Him: I appreciated the conversations and discussions the course brought between MJ and I. They [the conversations] were very healthy and led to very deep thinking.
Her: My overall impression is that I feel it perfectly suited us- I feel the pace and content of course was something we could keep up on rather easily.
Both: It opened the doors to having some very good discussions in ways we can improve upon our communication methods, as well as strengthening upon ones we are already currently using. Thanks so much for everything!
October 4th Robert and Kelsey-Tulsa, OK “It gave us an opportunity to say things we might not say out loud.”
Him: I thought these assignments were very thought provoking for both of us. On multiple occasions I found myself approached with questions I had not previously thought about.
Her: This preparation I feel is very worthwhile as it helps us know where each other stands on multiple topics that are important to know about before a couple is married.
Both: It definitely allowed us to say things that we might not otherwise bring into conversation, not because we aren't comfortable about talking about them but because we just have not thought about these topics yet.
October 6th Troy and Haley-Denver, CO “It really made me see things differently”
Him: I really enjoyed the class. It was definitely a good experience, and I am very glad that Haley and I chose to take this seriously as we actually applied what we learned to our daily lives.
Her: I was very pleasantly surprised about this marriage prep class! I thought that we had some excellent instructors who really took the time to give us positive and reinforcing feedback on our answers. Both Troy and I have actually agreed that this marriage prep class has helped us a lot in many ways. I felt that it was a form of bible study, and I loved how it incorporated scriptures and real life situations into the class. I feel that I learned a lot from it.
Both: We always have had wonderful communication with each other; however, this class strengthened our communication by making us realize the importance of communication due to the differences in how males and females were created. We now know that both males and females need some form of communication in different ways, so we try to respect that and communicate with each other accordingly. We always talk about our future together as well!
September 24th Adam and Rebecca- Scottsdale, AZ “Very in depth and informative.”
Him: It got me thinking about what it really means to be Catholic and go through this holy sacrament. [It’s] much more than just the traditional view of marriage.
Her: It revived my faith and really gave me insight into what I will be doing when I make my marriage promises.
Both: [It] gave dedicated time to discuss things and just talk everything through while sharing our opinions with each other.
September 26th Kyle and Christina-Wading River, NY “Sometimes you lose sight of that in this world and it was nice to have a reminder.”
Him: I think this was very helpful and insightful. It gave good advice. It encouraged open discussion between us about topics we normally wouldn't disclose.
Her: It reconnected me with God in the union we are about to create with marriage. The meaning behind marriage opened up another doorway to God for me.
Both: The course created some challenging questions that encouraged us to open up about our views and connect on another level.
September 27th Justin and Ilse-Southfield, MI “We both have learned so much, it has opened up our faith even more.”
Him: This prep allowed me to think about marriage not only from my perspective but also from the Church's view. It's giving me a better understanding of what is expected from me as a husband and I have learned so much from the feedback.
Her: I really appreciated all the exercises because I learned so much from all of them. The answer keys are very well explained. I also appreciated how this class went beyond religion and went into learning about marriage problems and raising children.
Both: It allowed us to talk about things more in detail and it has given us a better understanding on our views. Our views are very similar but it helped us learn where our ideas were coming from.
September 28th Ben and Lauren-Chico, CA “It definitely renewed my desire to get closer to God and his Church”
Him: I appreciated most the teachings of what marriage means as a whole. This will give me more perspective and ownership of my role as a husband to the woman I love. I also appreciated recounting the times in our lives when we felt God’s presence because they meant a lot to me and it was a great reflection.
Her: I thought the class was great overall. It covered a broad range of topics and really sparked some conversation that we may have not had otherwise.
Both: It sparked a lot of conversations between us about topics that we may not have thought to discuss otherwise. It also encouraged us to look at topics from different angles than we had previously.
September 29th Mark and Ashley-Sacramento, CA “It helped me get back in touch with God which is something I haven't been able to do since changing employers and not having easy access to a church.”
Him: I appreciated that the classes made us sit down together and chat about our upcoming marriage. It was nice to not have to plan details for the actual day, but rather discuss how to think about marriage for the long run.
Her: The course was a firm reminder that marriage is a sacrament and we are celebrating this union in front of God. With that, it reaffirms my decision to get married in the church. As for the course itself, the teachings were presented very different than how I was brought up as a Catholic. They were very focused on the bible and specific teachings and interpretations of readings, whereas I was raised for the readings to be lessons and applicable to modern day life.
Both: It made us take turns which seems simple but isn't often how we communicate. We both would like to continue that practice.
September 17th Sean and Kylie- Washington, LA “It made me realize that prayer would be the glue of our relationship”
Him: I really liked hearing feedback. Having the [mentor couple] elaborate more on our answers and the questions really would make you think a little harder and learn more. In return, you are getting more out of the experience.
Her: We definitely started to appreciate attending mass together more, and I began praying more as a result of this marriage prep. It made me realize that prayer would be the glue of our relationship.
Both: It definitely made us closer and appreciate the mass more. Prayer is the glue, receiving the sacraments is the glue. It revived my faith a bit I would have to say.
September 18th Anthony and Claudia-Allentown, PA “It forced us to think ahead and plan as well as discuss topics we hadn’t talked about yet. ”
Him: I found it to be a valuable resource in preparing us for marriage. It forced us to think ahead and plan, as well as discuss topics that we hadn't talked about yet. In the process we learned more about each other and were given useful, practical strategies that we can use to treat each other love, kindness and respect.
Her: It reinforced some of the tools we knew of to build a strong marriage (communication, forgiveness, etc.), and it provided additional tools to help us build a strong marriage (marriage first-aid kit for example) centered in Christ.
Both: It got us to discuss topics openly that hadn't previously come to our attention. We found that the questions directed toward each other personally. For example, when we shared our pasts with each other and how they might impact our marriage.
September 19th Michael and Amanda-New York, NY “I appreciated the value of marriage in God’s eyes in a world that tries so hard to challenge your morals.”
Him: It made me focus more on God and want to learn more.
Her: I appreciated the explanation of how man and woman were perfectly designed for each other in so many ways and the value of a marriage in God's eyes in a world that tries so hard to challenge your morals.
Both: We were able to discuss things in black and white when questions were asked. Things weren't asked in a round-about way so we were forced to address topics that we may not have gone so in depth about before. Most of the things reviewed we had already discussed but it required us to go more in depth about our feelings.
September 20th Michael and Melissa-Colorado Springs, CO “It revived my faith because this course clarified where I need to put emphasis”
Him: This course has helped me want to renew my relationship with God and hopefully, through that I will gain a greater understanding of what the church teaches.
Her: I enjoyed the interactive nature of this prep course. It really helped that we were able to do this on our own schedule and that it was an incredibly user-friendly website. I felt like we really got to "meet" our instructors.
Both: The course provided a structured platform for us to discuss concerning topics about both our marriage and our relationship with God.
September 22nd Sean and Jocelyn-Crookston, MN “I most appreciated to view the Church’s teachings from a different perspective from that in which I was raised.”
Him: I most appreciated the ability to view the church's teachings from a different perspective from that in which I was raised. I think it is very important to understand things at the deepest level possible and I truly believe this course goes deep.
Her: I appreciated the deeper philosophical lessons such as forming a conscience. I thought we received great feedback that tried to deepen our understanding of the catholic lessons and strict interpretations presented by the catholic [church] I took more practical tools away from the lessons that broke down how to communicate better and fuller and in different styles.
Both: We did enjoy the course, it did a really good job in explaining the background to our codes and rules. It did a great job in offering more in depth learning about the teachings, and utilized a variety of media to do so. And there a definitely parts of it that I will carry forward into my marriage and feel we will be stronger together, and in our faiths, because of it.
September 10th Kyle and Keara- Tulsa, OK “I found it intriguing and educational”
Him: It [the course] just gave me a renewed purpose on my journey in life.
Her: I love how it was interactive (i.e. here is the lesson, review it, and now here is your task going forward)
Both: The quality and depth of the content was very rewarding.
September 11th Darren and Paola-St. Augustine, FL "It explained to us the importance of the Sacrament of Matrimony and what the Church can do to cultivate our love for each other.”
Him: Having this Pre-Cana really helped us a lot to become closer to God and to each other. We received a lot of helpful tips to better our relationship.
Her: I really enjoyed this activity. I truly believe that this will help nourish our relationship and understanding of the importance of the sacrament of Matrimony.
Both: We were able to understand each other more and we were able to open our hearts with one another. We realized that even if we are different, our differences are the things that make us good together as we are able to compensate for each other's weaknesses.
September 12th Joshua and Mariana-San Antonio, TX “It made me consider aspects of my religion that I had not considered before.”
Him:I lluminating. I learned a lot of things that I didn't necessarily know or just had never given them too much thought.
Her: It made me want to pursue a greater relationship with God and the church, not only in my personal life, but in my relationship and future marriage as well.
Both: We loved the discussions that some of the questions brought. It was things that maybe we hadn’t thought about before, or just hadn't discussed at length before.
September 13th Jared and Amanda-Detroit, MI “I enjoyed that fact that it helped me pursue deeper thoughts into my faith and challenged me as Catholic to open my mind and really look into the questions.”
Him: I thought this course has helped us come together and learn new things about each other. We have enjoyed being able to discuss new topics and learn more about our prayer life together.
Her: I appreciated getting the time to sit down with my fiancé and discuss things that we have never really sat down and talked about. It challenges both of us and makes both of us more comfortable and wanting to pursue our faith together.
Both: We believe it improved our communication by making us discuss hard topics and what we each think as well as putting our thoughts together. Communication is such an important factor in a relationship. During tough times communication on each other’s feelings is key.
September 14th Ryan and Mallory-Milwaukee, WI “I really enjoyed it and found it very helpful!”
Him: It really helped me to understand how to continue to have Jesus in my life and how to integrate my faith into my own family as we begin the journey of creating it with the sacrament of marriage.
Her: I appreciated the conversations that it started. Some of them were things that we had talked about, and some things we didn't. It was very informative, and helped us to discuss our feelings and thoughts on some touchy subjects without being confrontational or emotional.
Both: [The] knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of the Church really helped add value and understanding to our relationship, and it was refreshing to hear some insight from a former military couple as well!
September 3rd Seabastian and Jessica- Whittier, CA “100% satisfaction. It was such an eye opener to life, God, our relationship and our faith.”
Him: I was amazed how much I learned, it brought me closer to my religion. It also opened my eyes to many different topics. I am so glad I was able to share this experience with Jess.
Her: It was more than what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be more basic but each chapter took the right and specific time to explain its purpose.
Both: It made us prouder to be a Catholic and continue being part of this community.
September 4th Jaron and Andrea-Spokane, WA “I appreciated the conversations on relationships, and how to handle conflicts.”
Him: I was actually surprised at what was discussed, and it definitely gave us cause to discuss things as a couple that we hadn't before. This is surprising given that we have been together 8 years!
Her: I thought that the prep was pretty comprehensive in its discussion topics. I liked that a few social justice issues were discussed, especially as they related to religious marriage. This also gave me an opportunity to consider some aspects of the Catholic faith that I hadn't put thought into before, even after attending a Catholic university.
Both: We thought it greatly improved our communication! We found ourselves talking about things we hadn't before, and even about subjects we normally avoid. It was really good to be forced to discuss these things, and we feel stronger as a couple because of it.
September 5th Brent and Marie-Sioux City, IA “It really brought up issues that made us think deeper about our own religion and that inevitably helped to bring us closer to God.”
Him: It really brought up issues that made us think deeper about our own religion and that inevitably helped to bring us closer to God.
Her: My overall impression is that I'm very happy that this course could bring up topics that Brent and I haven't talked about yet or explore deeper and I believe it is very beneficial to us to talk more about the religious side of our relationship.
Both: A lot of the questions brought up through this course "forced" (in a good way) us to talk about issues never-before spoken about. Our thoughts are now, that we can talk about anything with each other.
September 6st Jared and Amanda-Detroit, MI “I appreciated the personal experiences and advice that was given to us…”
Him: I like the straightforward approach and the feedback between each session.
Her: Each section brought a new perspective in regard to marriage; it was very easy to relate to [the mentor couple] as they shared personal experiences that we could relate to which was appreciated.
Both: It really helped us to have conversations that we may not have had without prompting. We got to know a better understanding of our personal relationships with God as well as our past experiences within Catholic school and catechism.
September 7th Michael and Sully-Denver, CO “These lessons were amazing and insightful!”
Him: I felt that the course really went above and beyond my expectations and we felt it was great to get closer to God and ignite an old flame I used to have when I was a teenager.
Her: This really opened my eyes and it made me feel that what we are about to embark on what is going to be a fulfilling journey.
Both: We really talked about that we need to consult one another before a decision is made. We really learned how to actively listen to one another.
September 1st Trevor and Eunice-Vancouver, Canada “Great for helping understand the roots of marriage from the Bible and God's teachings”
Him: Great for helping understand the roots of marriage from the Bible and God's teachings. Explanations of responses in the answer key were really thorough and there were a lot of great resources.
Her: It was very helpful to go from the beginning (Genesis) and examine how this has led us to marriage today. The prep was a lot of work, but stimulated great discussion and made us think of and talk about things we hadn't thought of before. There were a lot of great useful suggestions and resources provided.
Both: Thank you so much for putting in the time and thoughtful replies to help us during our marriage prep. We are very appreciative and found this course to be very enlightening and helpful.
August 31st Blane and Caitlin-Kansas City, KS “This prep taught us a lot about how to understand our Catholic religion”
Him: This prep taught us a lot about how to understand our Catholic religion on a different level as we start our new life together as husband and wife.
Her: I think it helped us view our upcoming marriage in a different way by teaching us how to incorporate our faith into our daily lives together.
Both: Talking about our future and goals we both want to achieve made us feel so much closer. We always knew what each other wanted for our future but combining our individual goals into our goals together is a great feeling.
September 1st Matthew and Diane-Chicago, IL “We learned about each other and our goals and dreams.”
Him: This was a good way to learn more about marriage and ways to keep it healthy. We look forward to starting a family and using NFP. It allowed us to understand what the Church teaches and why it is important for a lasting marriage.
Her: I feel like it went above my expectations. I thought this would only cover some marriage topics like finances, communication, and family, but it covered so much more.
Both: It gave us active listening techniques, and had us discuss topics that we may not have thought about discussing before marriage. It made us talk about what each wants and looks forward to about marriage.
September 1st William and Tiffany-Mastic, NY “I appreciated all the different tools this course used to prepare us for our marriage”
Him: This prep was very informative and gave me a deeper understanding of my faith as a catholic, what it means to be a husband and tools for a successful marriage.
Her: I think this prep course was a good bonding experience for us as a couple as we prepare for our upcoming marriage.
Both: It got us to communicate our feeling, hopes, dreams and desires for the future as a married couple, who wishes to serve God.
September 30th Carl and Ana-Denver, CO “This teaching was a gift in my life.”
Him: This was and is wonderful, full of insight and information which opened dialog between my wife and I that will be very helpful to build a long lasting marriage.
Her: This was an amazing journey, I learned so many things. I enjoyed reading your answer key and all your teachings I save in my heart and put in practice in my daily life.
Both: We both think that our instructors have done an excellent job in opening our eyes. God and Jesus Christ bless your wonderful ministry. Thanks so much.
August 22nd Nicholas and Alex-Hessmer, LA “ It provided us with lots of supplemental material and websites to further our discussions.”
Him: I felt like it was a good thorough course. It helped me open up about my faith and get closer to God. It shined light on material and concepts I never really understood or thought about.
Her: This prep was awesome. Our instructors were fantastic. This course is real and raw. It doesn't beat around the bush and it provided us with lots of supplemental material and websites to further our discussion or to go to for more guidance.
Both: It allowed us to be open and honest about tough conversations. It provided a safe and comfortable environment and it helped us talk about topics that we did not know how to initiate with one another.
August 23rd Brad and Maria-Arlington, VA “I strongly believe this is a meaningful course that improved our relationship.”
Him: It was a very cool experience. We talked a lot about topics that we normally do not and we learned a lot more about ourselves, our relationship with God, and the Church.
Her: I strongly believe this is a meaningful course that improved our relationship as a couple and our faith.
Both: We learned more what it means to be married in the Church and we want to live our lives that way and raise a family in the word of God.
August 24th Huynh and Thi-Eunice, LA “The prep was informative and required some deep thought”
Him: The prep was informative and required some deep thought. I appreciated the convenience of being able to do this prep from home!
Her: This prep made us think about different situations and also learn more about the Catholic faith. It helped us better understand our faith and showed us the importance of praying together.
Both: The prep made us talk to each other more intimately about our feelings about faith, religion, and family planning.
August 25th Kenneth and Helen-Marie-Marbella, Spain “We talk more about our relationship and feel closer to each other.”
Him: Really good course! It makes you remember why God and the Church are so important in life!
Her: A very valuable course! We are so grateful we took this course before the sacrament of marriage. I really appreciated our instructors advice, guidance, and being there for us!
Both: It gave us time to think and reflect on our relationship and love. We talk more about our relationship and feel closer to each other.
August 26th Don and Amie-Tustin, CA “We found out how patience and forgiveness can go a long way in a relationship”
Him: I started to miss church. These courses actually made me want to retain my faith and continue attending Mass on a regular basis.
Her: It taught me how God wants us to view marriage and his expectations for us. To me that is very powerful and it revived my faith in the Lord.
Both: We found out how patience and forgiveness can go a long way in a relationship. This can help us diminish arguments. We have enjoyed this course very much. We will recommend it to everybody.
August 15th Jared and Alyssa-Carroll, IA “This was one of the best experiences we've had since becoming an engaged couple”
Him: I thought the prep was absolutely outstanding. We were able to work through each question and challenge each other. Getting the feedback forms was a great opportunity for us to understand and talk further through how they can help us today and in our future. Overall, the prep was a great experience and we thank our instructors for doing such a great job!
Her: I was nervous about doing some of our prep online, but I honestly think this was one of the best experiences we've had since becoming an engaged couple. Everything was simple and easy to use and we really learned a great deal from the lessons. We really appreciated the feedback and honesty that our instructors shared with us - thank you
Both: We have had conversations that we never even imagined and we think this has provided a great base for us to further build our relationship and our faith together. Additionally, the resources that were provided are going to be invaluable to us over time and will serve as reminders of how to keep a constant line of communication open between us. This has been a truly wonderful experience and we are very thankful to have gone through it. Please keep up the great work!
August 16th John and Kathryn- Lansing, MI “I feel much more prepared to enter married life because of this prep course!”
Him: I feel much more prepared to enter married life because of this prep course! I feel not only more solid in my religious foundations regarding marriage, but also more comfortable in my communication skills. This will lead to a more satisfying, happy marriage with my soon to be wife.
Her: I was glad that we were directed to take this prep because it answered some important questions about both marriage and my Catholic faith. I thought that the feedback was very personal and was enjoyable and informative to read.
Both: We really appreciated our instructors and we’re glad that they took the time to get to know us and share personal information with us.
August 17th Martin and Cynthia-Nogales, AZ “Outside of church, we didn’t talk much about our faith- this prep changed that!”
Him: Eye opening! It made me realize that marriage is a lot more complex and spiritual. Outside of church, we didn’t talk much about our faith- this prep changed that!
Her: I really enjoyed this prep. It gave us time together to spend on topics that are vital for our marriage to be built on
Both: Thank you very much for this excellent program. We are truly blessed!
August 18th Isaiah and Marisa- San Rafael, CA “This revived my faith and the passion I have for God”
Him: This course really taught me a lot about the Catholic faith and really made me think. This revived my faith and the passion I have for God.
Her: Just learning more about my faith and building my relationship with God while building my relationship with my fiancé was such an inspiring experience. It definitely renewed and revived my faith.
Both: We are able to talk through difficult conversations and love and respect each other more. Thank you so much for the opportunity to take this course. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are so appreciative to have done this prep! God bless!
August 19th Robert and Ellen-Pawcatuck,CT “It encouraged us to have a lot of conversation which was eye opening”
Him: This was a very enlightening experience. It was a good refresher course reviewing some topics I haven't touched upon since high school!
Her: I very much enjoyed this form of marriage prep, because it allowed us to do it at a time that was convenient for our busy schedules. It encouraged us to have a lot of conversation which was eye opening.
Both: We truly enjoy going to mass every Sunday together and will continue to do so. We also plan some day bringing our children up in the Catholic faith.
August 8th Daniel and Cheryl- San Francisco, CA “It taught us how to work together”
Him: It taught us how to work together, with a give and take that will be needed throughout our marriage.
Her: We can always strive to be better - better as individuals, better in our marriage, better in our faith - and this course shows you the path and goal you should be striving for in all of those.
Both: We now want to be more actively involved with the parish or other community organizations, and look forward to exploring more waysto be involved in our church.
August 9th Anthony and Ashley-Denver, CO “Being able to share our insights and pray together through this experience has been incredible”
Him: It's been educational and insightful. It's gratifying to know that I share so many common beliefs with my fiancée.
Her: I think it was very helpful in helping us to connect even more. Being able to share our insights and pray together through this experience has been incredible!
Both: It definitely improved our communication in that we were able to discuss deeper topics that we wouldn't normally have the ability to discuss. It also opened the doors for communication in the future. We very much enjoyed the course and are so grateful for all of the time you have spent with us!
August 10th Joshua and Melanie-Savannah, GA “It gave me a great understanding of what marriage truly is and how it should be”
Him: I very much enjoyed diving further into the meanings behind my Catholic faith. It was nice studying the sacrament of marriage and the meanings behind everything God intended.
Her: I had the pleasure of briefly covering the sacrament of marriage in my RCIA class, but I had no idea how much I could learn from this prep. It gave me a great understanding of what marriage truly is and how it should be. It also gave me clear guidance on what God expects from holy matrimony.
Both: We believe that this has been a great way to start our marriage- with open communication. Something that we will work on for the rest of our life.
August 11th Benjamin and Samantha-Tulsa, OK “It was a wealth of information on the Catholic Church, marriage, and relationships”
Him: It was a wealth of information on the Catholic Church, marriage, and relationships. I loved it! It encouraged me to read the Bible more with my fiancée and continue to pursue and strengthen my relationship with Jesus.
Her: I loved doing this study with my fiancé. It definitely opened up a lot of discussions that we needed to have and probably wouldn’t have had without this course. It definitely reminded us that we need to pray more as a couple and make Jesus the center of our relationship.
Both: We are now able to speak more openly to each other about concerns we have and have much needed discussions on issues that are important to us.
August 12th Sean and Ashley- Valley Stream,NY “The experience is absolutely one of-a-kind and something that will help us build the framework of our future together”
Him: I absolutely loved this prep experience. It left me feeling wonderful after every session, and truly helped me learn!
Her: This course has taught me to have a deeper love and appreciation with/for God in addition to preparing me for the sacrament of marriage.
Both: The two of us were absolutely thrilled to have enjoyed working with our instructors. The experience is absolutely one of-a-kind and something that will help us build the framework of our future together. We are so happy to have learned so much, and will remember what we learned for a long time!
August 1st Don and Chelsea- West Rutland, VT “I feel like I have become closer to God with all of these new teachings we have learned”
Him: I really enjoyed the entire process. I learned a great deal about the true meaning of getting married. I hope to learn even more as time goes on. This course opened my eyes and taught me a great deal about Christ. I feel like I have become closer to God with all of these new teachings we have learned.
Her: I was very impressed by the online Pre-Cana classes. I thought they were very interactive and very informative. I was raised as a Catholic and I feel like as I got older my relationship with Christ had slipped away. These classes and being married in the Catholic Church have renewed and deepened my relationship with Christ.
Both: We are still working on our communication toward one another. I believe this course has helped us along in this process. We will still continue to work on and improve our communication toward each other to make our marriage as strong as it can be.
August 2nd Patience and Rachal- Kalamazoo, MI “After this course we have been able to value things that we used to take for granted ”
Him: It was an incredible experience and we definitely needed this course before the wedding. After this course, we have been able to value things that we used to take for granted for the last couple of years. In fact, this experience has taught us that God and his blessings are key to the success of any marriage and daily happiness.
Her: We loved every single chapter of this training. I wish we took training like this when we started to date. It would have been key to our relationship.
Both: After the wedding, we will become coaches and mentors for youths at the parish. We have decided to restart the reading bible program at home and be more involved at church.
August 3rd Luis and Larissa- Seattle, WA “Even though Luis and I are long distance, we were still able to have and partake in meaningful marriage prep”
Him: This fit our situation perfectly. We were in a bind since we are long distance, so scheduling out a lot of marriage preparations has been difficult. It was wonderful to have our marriage prep be so well organized and flexible.
Her: Very user friendly! I have enjoyed learning from the articles, videos and scripture passages. I have loved that it is easy to schedule into a busy life. Even though Luis and I are long distance, we were still able to have and partake in meaningful marriage prep.
Both: It improved our communication because we were able to discuss things that are both sensitive and new to us. We successfully navigated through new territory that is not always comfortable or easy.This was great! We will recommend this program to future couples!
August 4th Derek and Judith- Chatham, MA “This is setting up a great foundation for us to communicate in our marriage”
Him: Very comprehensive. A lot of engaging material which brought upon important discussion for us.
Her: This prep was very helpful for us; a great overview of many topics. I really liked the feedback and detailed answer keys.
Both: We have always had pretty good communication, but we now have a better understanding of each other’s values and faith backgrounds. This is setting up a great foundation for us to communicate in our marriage! Thank you so much for this meaningful course! We also greatly appreciated the support of our instructors! Their feedback for us was incredibly helpful as we start this journey.
August 5th David and Claudette Laure-Tucson, AZ “I learned beyond what I could have imagined”
Him: It was deep, interesting, and nourishing. I learned beyond what I could have imagined. The instructors' comments were very enlightening to us.
Her: Some questions made me cry because I could not understand why I didn't think about them earlier. This training opened my eyes to the wondrous benefits God has prepared for me and my future husband.
Both: The last course gave us strategies to express ourselves without hurting or blaming eachother. It was one of the most important things we learned. Communicating adequately and respectfully solve issues peacefully.
July 25th Logan and Whitney- Edmonton, Canada “It brought us closer together both spiritually and emotionally”
Him: It was a lot of work, but worth it. It helped remind me of how important God and the church are to my life and to my future marriage and family.
Her: It brought us closer together both spiritually and emotionally. I appreciated the quick feedback from our instructors! It gave Logan and I a chance to work on something together that benefits our relationship and our soon to be marriage.
Both: Thank you for all your help. The course was very eye opening and we definitely learned a lot!
July 26th Brian and Ashley- Denver, CO “We learned how to navigate difficult conversations and respect each other's opinion.”
Him: I thought it was great. It really allowed me to see Ashley's perspective on topics relating to our marriage and religion. It taught me about why Ashley really wanted to get married in the Catholic Church. Now, I wouldn't have it any other way!
Her: I loved it! I loved that it allowed us to have conversations that we might not thought to have. It really revived my relationship with God and the church. I want to make more an effort to go to church each and every week now.
Both: We learned how to navigate difficult conversations and respect each other's opinion.
July 27th Christopher and Sarah- Arlington, VA “I feel like our relationship is stronger”
Him: This course was useful in learning about marriage, communication, and the Catholic church. It revived my faith by reminding me of the blessings that God gives us and to take these blessings more seriously and graciously.
Her: I am very happy with the communication that was done throughout this whole process. It had us talk about things that we hadn't discussed before. I feel like our relationship is stronger because of it.
Both: Thank you for everything! We truly appreciated this entire process.
July 28th Ryan and Kaitlyn- Lenexa, KS “We now believe that we're beginning our marriage with a strong foundation”
Him: I thought the preparation was really helpful. It made me think of what to expect in marriage and how to address it. I also learned about why the Catholic Church holds its views on particular subjects, such as marriage, divorce, contraception, and more. I gained a lot of insight into why the Catholic Church teaches a certain way and gained a lot of respect and understanding for those teachings.
Her: It was a great option for us! I really appreciated that there was a way for us to complete the preparation, while juggling our busy travel schedules. Our instructors were great to work with and provided a lot of feedback.
Both: Thank you so much for allowing us to participate in this marriage preparation. We now believe that we're beginning our marriage with a strong foundation and have really enjoyed the process.
July 29th Thai and Huong-Denver, CO “Having new perspective on how to communicate will be a powerful tool for us”
Him: I thought it was amazing getting so much of an experienced perspective on all these various topics. It's easy to fall into a singular-thought process but our instructor’s views and suggestions helped to take that step back and look at the larger picture again.
Her: Very informative! I enjoyed the course and getting our instructor’s point of view. All the exercises helped us talk things through again and this time in a new light.
Both: What this course has shown is that communication can and will benefit when including God in it. We're open and are able to talk about our pasts, mistakes, needs, wants, and everything in between. Having new perspective on how to communicate will be a powerful tool for us.
July 18th Austin and Starla- Fort Collins, CO “The instructors helped open my eyes to many things.”
Him: I really enjoyed it and felt that I learned a ton! I really loved how all of it was related to the Bible. Reading the passages and learning the way the Sacraments came to be and the rules behind it was so enjoyable to learn. The instructors gave me an eye opening view to read the Bible and interpreted what I was reading. I very much enjoyed their feedback.
Her: It was an incredible experience. The instructors helped open my eyes to many things. I am extremely grateful for this prep class.
Both: We both grew closer to God and have learned new ways to communicate to each other. Thank you so much and God bless!
July 19th Steven and Kathryn- Atlanta, GA “I really appreciated the learning experience as a non-Catholic Christian.”
Him: I thought it was very helpful and presented marriage in a different light then I had thought of it before. I really appreciated the learning experience as a non-Catholic Christian.
Her: This preparation met and went above my expectations. We were struggling to find mentors who we could work with in person. We were very happy that our course instructors were able to provide us with the same experience from afar. Their thoughtful responses really made us think. We were able to expand our faith knowledge and our love for each other. We are very grateful for this experience!
Both: It greatly improved our communication and we are so appreciative for it. We were also able to openly communicate about our faith which is invaluable. Thank you for assisting us with that!
July 20th Alexander and Catherine- Front Royal, VA "This was such a rewarding and bonding experience”
Him: I found it to be very helpful and strongly based in Church teachings. It was also practical and incorporated many different sources, from saints to science to literature and economics. I found it very enriching and enlightening. I really loved the emphasis on holiness and prayer and also the attention to roles between men and women. It was also very nice to have the encouragement of our instructors and their personal story.
Her: It was really great and theological. Very helpful! It was beautiful and made me ponder on how marriage is a sacrament and deeply meaningful. It has brought us closer to God.
Both: This was such a rewarding and bonding experience and it is good to know that we are not alone and have a community to support us.
July 21st Daniel and Christina- Lutz, FL “This course renewed my desire to get closer to God”
Him: This course renewed my desire to get closer to God because it reminded me to love God, and not to fear him. I tend to be hard on myself, but this course reminded me that through reconciliation and communion we can grow closer to Him.
Her: I truly enjoyed this preparation course because it touched on a lot of important topics that should be discussed before marriage. I think it really opened my eyes and answered a lot of questions about the Church's teachings. I also learned a lot about myself and fiancé throughout the process.
Both: Thank you so much for allowing us to grow individually and together as a couple! We have been truly blessed with this opportunity.
July 22nd Alec and Taylor- Grand Rapids, MI “It was amazing being able to share this experience with my fiancée while I'm away in the military.”
Him: It was amazing being able to share this experience with my fiancée and to do it while I’m away in the military.
Her: I thought this class was very useful in preparing us for marriage. Being a non-Catholic, this course really taught me much more than I had ever known before and actually makes me more excited to convert someday in the near future.
Both: It taught us about forgiveness and also made both of us want to pray together instead of separately. Wonderful course!
July 11th Timothy and Allison- Metairie, LA “We honestly feel closer than we ever thought possible”
Him: I was very impressed with how much the program got us into a deep conversation amongst each other. It encouraged us to communicate very well.
Her: I thought it was great and really helped to prepare us for our future together and within the Catholic Church.
Both: We had some hurt feelings from years ago that we didn't realize we held onto until the forgiveness section. We were able to let it go after discussing our feelings with each other. We honestly feel closer than we ever thought possible! We thank our instructors wholeheartedly for their guidance and the time it took to lead us. We will keep y'all in our prayers.
July 12th William and Betsy- Westphalia, MI “I liked the concept of doing this prep online because we could complete it in our free time.”
Him: I thought it was helpful especially when it comes to communication in marriage. It gave a great overview of Bible verses that are important to study for marriage. It encouraged me to look even deeper into the Bible.
Her: I liked the concept of doing this prep online because we could complete it in our free time. I thought it was helpful and gave us a great opportunity to discuss a lot of things. It revived my faith because it provided many ways for us to grow even more together in the Lord and stressed that we need to take time together with the Lord in our marriage through prayer.
Both: The prep course provided us with a great opportunity to communicate about the questions that were asked. It really got us talking about important things.
July 13th Michael and Elizabeth- Sand Springs, OK “The course really helped me understand the sacrament of marriage on a deeper level.”
Him: I enjoyed the prep very much. It allowed me to look deeper into my relationship with Liz. It acknowledged and reiterated our love for each other through Christ. I also learned a lot of our faith's background stances on love and marriage.
Her: I think it was a great course -very intensive and focused on scriptures. I liked that we were able to complete this course at our own pace and really got to take time in a private setting to go through the lessons together. Since I'm still in the beginning stages of my faith journey, the course really helped me understand the sacrament of marriage on a deeper level.
Both: It brought to light the different positive effects communication has in our relationship. It brought up topics that we may not have ever considered discussing unless they actually came up in reality.
July 14th Juan and Casey- San Antonio, TX “It made me see the Catholic religion in a whole different way.”
Him: Very impressed! I learned so much. It made me feel a lot closer to my fiancé.
Her: I really learned a lot from this course. It made me see the Catholic religion in a whole different way.
Both: We plan to go to church together every Sunday now.
July 15th Michael and Brittney – Kingsley, IA “Once everything was broken down and explained better it definitely made me want to go to church more”
Him: It was very informational, even though I grew up Catholic I stilled learned a lot!
Her: Not being baptized or being an official member of any specific church this was very interesting, I was taught a lot of things that I have always questioned growing up, and it was a very fun experience for us to do together as a couple and talk things over. Once everything was broken down and explained better it definitely made me want to go to church more because now I have a better idea of what’s going on.
Both: We both knew that the other spouse believed in God, but we never really sat down and talked about our faith or how to participate in it together and why Catholics believe the things they do. It just opened another path for us to discuss and become closer. We really enjoyed this class!!
July 4th Joshua and Jessica- Jackson ,MI “This course taught us better ways of listening, understanding, and empathizing!
Him: This prep was highly beneficial to Jessica and I. It brought us closer together and helped us to think about the main topics of marriage and faith in a deeper sense.
Her: This prep was very enlightening and made me think of certain ideas and thoughts that I never would've contemplated otherwise. Our instructors were helpful and I liked that they provided their own personal stories whenever possible.
Both: The course taught us better ways of listening, understanding, and empathizing! Thank you so much for your help along this very important journey!
July 5th Zachary and Josie- Batavia, IL “This course renewed my faith and desire to grow closer to God.”
Him: This course renewed my faith and desire to grow closer to God.
Her: I appreciated the talk about Natural Family Planning. It caused a lot of discussion and looking at how we are going to handle starting a family in our lives.
Both: Many of the topics that were discussed in this prep, we had not talked about before. Not that we did not want to but the topics were never brought up. We talked a lot about what we expect out of each other and how we are going to handle the many different parts of life together.
July 6th Daniel and Regan- Crowley, LA “Our faith is even stronger now!”
Him: This was a great experience for the both of us. Our faith is even stronger now!
Her: I loved these classes! It made us grow even more!
Both: Our communication has grown so much because of this. Thank y'all so much! We really appreciate everything!
July 7th Corey and Monica- Redding, CA “I now feel closer to God than ever before!”
Him: I found it to be very interesting. As I am newer to the Catholic religion it gave me much more insight and the desire to further my relationship with God. I cannot say enough how much I needed this class without even knowing it!
Her: I felt like it was really helpful. It taught us some things that will help us in our marriage for the rest of our life. I now feel closer to God than ever before!
Both: We really appreciate this class and learned an incredible amount.
July 8th Todd and Ashley- Metairie, LA “It made us realize that God is the foundation for our marriage”
Him: It helped me better understand the spiritual meaning of marriage.
Her: I enjoyed going through this prep course with my fiancé. It covered every aspect of life that could potentially come up, and we were able to discuss them as a couple in depth.
Both: It made us realize that God is the foundation for our marriage, and the importance of God and prayer in our marriage and family. It brought us back to church.
June 27th Matthew and Kathryn, VA “It really opened my eyes to some of the things we’re doing that may harm our relationship and gave some great insight on how to fix it.”
Him: I thought it was fantastic. It was extremely informative and did a great job at getting you to think about your relationship with Christ and your future spouse. It really opened my eyes to some of the things we’re doing that may harm our relationship and gave some great insight on how to fix it.
Her: It was more than I originally expected and I feel like it connected Matt and I on a deeper level and drew me closer to God.
Both: We were able to openly discuss our future concerns about our faith as a couple and make sure we are on the same page. It also taught us a lot about forgiveness and respecting one another. Lastly, it gave us a great lesson on actively listening which we feel will really strengthen our relationship moving forward.
June 28th Markus and Caroline, LA “It brought up some really great topics for us to talk about and really was a great way for us to spend time together.”
Him: I thought it brought up some really great topics for us to talk about and really was a great way for us to spend time together.
Her: I love it because it got us talking about our faith more with each other. We both knew that we had a strong faith but we realized that we are embarking on a journey together and this just made us realize that we are about to really become one. It was a really exciting realization.
Both: It got us talking a lot about the serious issues of marriage. Talking about our lives together made us much more excited to start our journey. We really enjoyed our time with this. We also really enjoyed the feedback that came with our answer sheets. It gave us a lot to think about and discuss. We appreciate all the time that our instructors put into those answers and their love story inspired us.
June 29th Timothy and Jennifer- Denver, CO “I really like the NFP videos with real couples affirming why it works.”
Him: I thought it was excellent and discussing some spiritual things with Jennifer was very eye opening and rewarding. It reminded me to put God first in our marriage and that he alone is the ultimate guidance within our marriage.
Her: I really enjoyed learning from this class. Tim and I had some great discussions and it opened up our communication on important topics. The videos were very helpful and interesting. I really like the NFP videos with real couples affirming why it works.
Both: It allowed us to talk more openly about our faith and our relationship with God. We really enjoyed the class and the lines of communication it opened between us. It was excellent. Thank you!
June 30th Shawn and Mary Kate- Philadelphia, PA “This course provided a solid understanding of what it takes to have a successful marriage.”
Him: I thought this prep course was educational. Since I was not raised in the Catholic faith, there were a lot of things that were new to me. This course provided a solid understanding of what it takes to have a successful marriage.
Her: I thought it was very thorough and educational. It made me think about things in a different way and I feel like I learned a lot.
Both: It helped us learn how to listen and respond to each other in a productive way. I think it also helped with putting our own personal bias/interests aside and focus on what would be better for us as a couple.
July 1st Richard and Britney- Pine Prairie, LA “By taking this course I learned a lot about God, marriage, myself, and my relationship”
Him: I really enjoyed the course. This course helped me grow as a person and it has helped our relationship grow. It has also taught me how important it is to base our marriage around God.
Her: I loved this course! By taking this course I learned a lot about God, marriage, myself, and my relationship. I would highly recommend this course to any engaged couple and even newlyweds.
Both: This course has helped us to be more open with each other about everything. We also communicate a lot better and share our thoughts more. Being open with each other and knowing that you can talk about anything and everything helps and makes things a lot easier
June 6th Kaleb and Ariel- Pittsburgh, PA “I am so glad we had the opportunity to express ourselves and obtain feedback”
Him: The course gave us a chance to take in and learn many different things! We were able to open up, better understand, and grow together. I am so glad we had the opportunity to express ourselves, obtain feedback, and have great experiences during this course. I feel better and more grounded at this point.
Her:This course gave us some great insight into the Church's views of marriage and how this covenant will strengthen and bond us.
Both:It gave us the opportunity to talk in depth about theology, something we have never had the chance to do. Couples get so caught up in daily life problems and our conversations are about grocery lists and work problems. It was great to communicate on something deeper and discuss our ideologies and how they will affect our family in the years to come.
June 7th Roger and Janic- Los Angeles, CA “This course provides us with strategies on how to overcome tough times”
Him: It was great! We're glad that we went through this preparation. It helped us understand each other better. Like our views, opinions, and issues that we may encounter as a couple (such as raising kids, finances, conflict resolution.) Marriage is a lifelong commitment. For a relationship to work, a couple should always put God in the center of their relationship.
Her: It was such an amazing experience going through this course. This course provides us with strategies on how to overcome tough times and how we can make our marriage work with God in the center of it.
Both:This experience helped us understand and appreciate each other better and love each other more.
June 8th Henry and Elizabeth- Sacramento, CA “I liked how the course mixed in various articles, videos, passages, and the Bible.”
Him: I found this preparation course to be very useful. It has taught me new methods of communication and has made me realize some areas that I need to work on.
Her:I learned a lot from this course. I enjoyed learning some new things and I liked how the course mixed in various articles, videos, passages, and the Bible. I think it was well thought out and covered all the topics needed to begin a marriage on the right foot. Overall, I was impressed with the course and it exceeded my expectations!
Both: I am very thankful we took this prep course and we believe all couples should take this course before marriage!
June 9th Chris and Ashley- Hoboken, NJ “Reading about NFP really opened my eyes”
Him: We learned about each other, our faith and the true meaning of marriage.
Her:I thought it was awesome. It started so many thoughts and conversations we wouldn’t normally have. There were things like NFP that I didn't know enough about, and reading about it really opened my eyes.
Both: It really improved our communication. We were asked to talk about things we wouldn't regularly talk about. It laid everything out for us to discuss, and we were really able to learn some amazing things about each other and our relationship. We talked about our plans for the future and our relationship with God.
June 10th James and Ainsley- Bossier City, LA “It’s laid out nicely and is easy to navigate.”
Him: I learned a lot more than I thought I would! Being a non-Catholic, I was unaware of several things throughout the course, but it was nice to have the information and my fiancé there to help me learn.
Her:I thought this course was very nice! It’s laid out nicely and is easy to navigate. It is full of information and plenty of discussion topics. We both learned a lot from completing this course!
Both:We are going to find a church that we both love in whatever city we end up living in. That is our main focus right now!
May 30th John and Mary- Denver, CO "an excellent resource to challenge us as a couple”
Him: We REALLY loved this course. It was a great opportunity to reflect, discuss, and pray about various important items.
Her: This course was an excellent resource to both challenge us as a couple as well as help strengthen our similar beliefs.
Both: Great course! Thank you for all of the support, guidance, and thoughtful responses.
May 31st Arka and Andrea Rose- Maryland “opened my eyes to a lot of things I would have never thought of”
Him: I was pretty impressed with the whole course and it opened my eyes to a lot of things I would have never thought of when it came to marriage. It was good to see how everything in the end connects to God and God's role in our future lives together.
Her: It was great....It got us thinking about what marriage actually means, and God's role in our lives/relationships.
Both: It improved our communication as a couple because it made us talk about topics we normally would not have, especially since we come from different backgrounds/religions. We feel we are a stronger couple now because of these “open” conversations that were driven from this course.
June 1st Matthew and Erin- Chanhassen, MN “this course helped solidify my young faith”
Him: Very informative and helpful. It brought up tough questions that were essential to our future marriage. My faith has had its ups and downs and this course reassured me that through God our marriage will succeed.
Her: I learned a lot from this marriage prep. I think that our relationship has been strengthened immensely. I have been converting to Catholicism over the last year and this course helped solidify my young faith.
Both: It forced us to talk about subjects that may not come up until a fight. This allowed us to figure out a bunch of potential problems before we have them, in a calm manner. Everything was fantastic!
June 2nd Daniel and Jillian- West Hartford, CT “It allowed me to educate Dan on Catholicism”
Him: I am not Catholic, but I thought it brought up good topics for us to discuss in order to prepare for our marriage and be able to discuss those things that can get difficult. Now we know what our communication styles are. It made me realize how important faith is to Jill as well as how it should be incorporated in our marriage and when we raise our kids.
Her: I thought this was a very beneficial marriage prep class! The topics linked with bible verses were a nice way to get us to read the Bible together, dive into God's word, and learn how to create a relationship with Him. It allowed me to educate Dan on Catholicism and how our individual and joint relationships with God can enrich our marriage and allow us to grow stronger together with a common foundation in faith.
Both: We created a form of communication that will work for us and allow for the most efficient and calm way to discuss the tough topics.
June 3rd Michael and Carina- Boulder, CO “I never felt any judgement for our/my answers.”
Him: It was very thought-provoking and well-balanced not spending too much time on one topic but constantly showing the connections among all topics discussed and their importance to making a lasting marriage. I feel like this was a great guide to remind me of why I choose to be Catholic!
Her: I really enjoyed this prep! I especially felt a connection to our instructors who provided tons of insight. It really gave the class a personal touch! I appreciated how personalized the course was. I never felt any judgment for our/my answers.
Both: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This was a wonderful experience and we feel very blessed to have gone through this process with such great teaching tools and instructors!
May 23rd David and Diana- Sacramento, CA “It connected us in a deeper spiritual level”
Him: I thought it was good. It left me with a lot of things to think about.
Her:I've personally enjoyed this prep because it brought up many important topics that I believe has really helped my fiancé and I to talk about and it connected us in a deeper spiritual level. I feel closer to my fiancé and we feel comfortable talking about everything with each other. It taught us how to get through anything that comes our way in our future.
Both: It helped by allowing us to be able to open up on topics that might be a little hard to talk about. It also gave us tools on how we should handle situations the best we can. Most importantly we received advice on how to continue to stay on the path God has intended us to follow.
May 24th Matthew and Marcie- Connecticut “Taking this course forced us to be okay with talking about some of the difficult topics”
Him:This was an experience of personal and spiritual growth for me in addition to being the beginning of a journey with Marcie. Our instructors encouraged us to be open, communicate, and to be aware of the importance of God in our marriage.
Her: I think this prep encouraged us to have the conversations necessary to go into our marriage fully prepared. The conversations that we were asked to have, may not have taken place had it not been for this course (e.g. the conversations around conflict or abortion).
Both: There are topics that we avoided, even unintentionally, when talking about marriage and future. Taking this course forced us to be okay with talking about some of the difficult topics that are necessary to go into a marriage fully aware and fully committed. This course made conversation and disagreements welcome. We learned how to discuss ideas without judgement as a way of finding a common ground and compromising.
May 25th Paul and Ebele- Ibadan, Nigeria: “A must for every couple!”
Him: A must for every couple! It is quite interesting, informative and educative.
Her: Absolutely interesting! I enjoy every bit of it and I learned a lot. Thank you.
Both: It improved our communication a lot especially in our expectations. We learned how to resolve issues without using the 'You' word and keeping Jesus at the center of our relationship. We appreciate the work you are doing and how you take time to address most issues we never thought of. It’s quite enlightening. We enjoy every bit of it. Thank you.
May 26th Kyle and Bianca – International Falls, MD “What I appreciated most was the lessons on NFP”
Him: What I appreciated most was the lessons on NFP, communication, and forgiveness.
I felt like I was able to really connect and absorb a lot of new information and new ideas.
Her: I really appreciated the lessons on birth control and how informative it was along with the NFP lesson, and the lesson about the history of Adam and Eve. It is very
informative and I really enjoyed reading and watching the videos. This class has made my faith stronger!
Both: We both want to attend mass more often, start praying together more, and practice things that we have learned through this marriage class.
May 27th Joshua and Dominique- Edmonton, Canada “I got to know why Dominique wanted a CAtholic wedding and why her faith is so important to her.”
Him:It was great to get to know a bit more about the values of the Catholic Faith and Dominique's beliefs. A lot of the exercises are great for Catholics and non-Catholics entering into marriage. I feel like I got to know why Dominique wanted a Catholic wedding and why her faith is so important to her and her family.
Her:It was a great way to open up more topics that are important to discuss in a relationship. It definitely keeps the lines of communication open. Getting feedback from a couple that has been married awhile and has gone through a lot is awesome! It also helps to re-examine your beliefs and reasons for marriage. You definitely get back in touch with your faith.
Both:Talking about subjects in depth helped us discover a lot about ourselves and our spouses. It also solidifies the reasons you are choosing to marry this person.
May 16th Jeremy and Jessica- Walnut Creek, CA : “all of the resources are very helpful and diverse which kept the lessons engaging”
Him: This marriage prep class was very helpful and informative.
Her: I very much enjoyed this prep class. It educated me as a Catholic and I learned more about my faith. It taught me what a Catholic marriage looks like and what my responsibilities are as a Catholic wife. I think all of the resources are very helpful and diverse which kept the lessons engaging.
Both: These courses gave us some tools on how to communicate better. I also believe that this course has brought us closer and that we understand each other more in our individual beliefs. The respect between us has increased and it is more clear to us the amount of work marriage will need to keep the relationship healthy.
May 17th Nicholas and Katelyn- Latrobe, PA : “We plan to attend mass weekly”
Him: I learned a great deal about the sacrament of marriage and catholic teachings.
Her: I was apprehensive about taking an online marriage course, but with our school schedules it made it very convenient to work on a lesson a week. I feel like I got a lot of valuable information from the course and would recommend it to others.
Both: We plan to attend mass weekly and participate in parish activities.
May 18th John and Sarah- San Francisco, CA: “I now understand that I am entering a covenant of marriage”
Him: Reassuring and I believe it truly brought us closer together. It allowed us to open up our lines of communication very well in discussing what our relationship means and how to put it into God's hands.
Her: I really loved it! I liked how all the lessons discussed religion being a part of our relationship in such an honest and open way. The fact that I now understand that I am entering a covenant of marriage is very special to me.
Both: It allowed us to open up to each other and truly see our relationship as one in God's hands. Our instructors were wonderful. Thank you so much for everything.
May 19th Victor and Margarita- Los Angeles, CA: “We liked the fact that our instructors were always available to be contacted.”
Him: I found it very educating. The prep course showed me how to become a better Catholic and to become a good husband and father.
Her: I enjoyed doing the homework assignments. It reminded me of my first communion classes because I was feeling excited to learn more about my faith and God. I believe I'm a better person because of the course and I feel prepared to be the best wife and mother I can be by living our lives closer to God.
Both: We enjoyed the course it was fun, educational and spiritual. We will keep all we learned in this course for our future together in our marriage and our future family. We liked the fact that our instructors were always available to be contacted if we had any questions or comments.
May 20th Christopher and Stephanie- Morristown, NJ: “It made me think how I can be the best version of myself for her.”
Him: It provided me a reminder of how important my faith is in my future relationship/family. It made me think about different aspects of my future marriage and how I can be the best version of myself for Steph.
Her: I felt that this course forced me to think about different aspects of my religion that I may have not thought about in a while. It also reminded me of the different sacraments I have received already in my lifetime, and the seriousness of the commitment I’m going to be making. It also made me even more excited to begin this special journey with Chris.
Both: We are so very appreciative of this course, and our instructors! We felt that they were both extremely supportive instructors and helped us gain a much clearer understanding of this very important sacrament. We feel much more prepared in moving forward towards our wedding day and are so happy to have this experience. Thank you again for your support and guidance!
May 9th Brian and Maria Clarissa- Claremont, CA “It helped improve our patience and our listening skills.”
Him: This was a wonderful assembled work. It was a lot of material and I wish we had more time to read it through several more times.
Her: This prep was definitely very informative and helpful! There were many things that I did not know or had forgotten. It will definitely help us in our new journey.
Both: It helped provide better ideas for how to share our needs and thoughts. It helped improve our patience and our listening skills. It taught us more ways to show our love.
May 10th Jonathan and Marie- International Falls, MI “The personal feedback from our instructors was really nice.”
Him: I thought this was a good preparation. The personal feedback from our instructors was really nice.
Her: I thought this prep was well organized and I appreciated the instructor's honesty and feedback as well.
Both:The course allowed us to discuss situations and topics that might have otherwise not come up or even think to talk about. It made us critically think and talk things through
May 11th Jordan and Katelyn- Mystic, CT “This prep has allowed us to not only grow closer as a couple, but with God as well.”
Him: I really enjoyed this prep. It allowed me to get closer to Kate and God. The assignments were insightful and provided me with new knowledge about the meaning behind certain scriptures.
Her: I really enjoyed this prep. I thought the assignments were very thought provoking and insightful and helped me understand the true meaning behind various scriptures. It also helped promote deeper conversations with Jordan and I about God's teachings, which helped us grow closer to each other and to God.
Both: We can't thank you enough for such a wonderful experience during our prep course. Our instructors were amazing and taught us a lot and shared their own personal experiences, which allowed us to develop a true relationship with them. This prep has allowed us to not only grow closer as a couple, but with God as well.
May 12th Griffin and Michele- Atlanta, GA “I have learned a lot about the Catholic religion and the Sacrament of Marriage”
Him: I have learned a lot about the Catholic religion and the Sacrament of Marriage through the Catholic Church. I really enjoyed this course. We are so happy and thankful to have found this online course!
Her: This course was way more than I expected it to be. Not only did I get some refreshers on the Sacrament of Marriage, but I also got to have conversations with Griffin that we have never had before. It has really strengthened our relationship with each other and with God.
Both: We always knew communication was a major key to any relationship. After this course, we have talked more and more about it and we know that communicating is something we will always have to work on and it will only make our relationship stronger! We would highly recommend this to any of our friends that are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. This course was awesome!
May 13th Elisha and Cami - Brawley, CA “I appreciate the kindness and non-judgment we have gotten from our mentors.”
Him: Very informative. I learned a lot about the Catholic ways and learned more about myself and my fiancée. Thank you for all of your help!
Her: I learned so much!! Every assignment was something new to learn and to grow from. This course has truly helped me learn more about what I should expect andwant as a Catholic as well as help my fiancé and I look deeper into our soon to be marriage and ourselves.I appreciate the kindness and non-judgment we have gotten from our mentors.
Both: Our instructors have been such a blessing and we thank God every day they have come into our lives and helped us prepare for our marriage. Thank you very much!
May 2nd, Bradley and Wendy– Lubbock, TX “It helped us see things from a Catholic perspective.”
Him: I thought the prep course was really helpful for our relationship and engagement. It helped us talk through important issues and see things from a Catholic perspective.
Her: This course is great! It helped reinforce what I learned growing up in the Catholic Church while teaching new information as well. The format of the course was also very helpful. I liked that a real couple read our answers and gave feedback.
Both: It improved our communication because it brought up the issues in a very structured way which helped us a lot!
May 3rd, Mark and Joyleen– Colorado Springs, CO “It helped us to better understand God’s will”
Him: I liked this prep course. It taught me a lot on what it means to be married between a man and women. It helped me to better understand Gods will in it. I really liked the fact that it touched on issues that could happen in a marriage and it gave us tips on how to fix them.
Her: I think this preparation was great. It gave me a better understanding of what it entails to get married and how to do it in Gods will. It really helped me to open my eyes on a lot of issues that could arise in a marriage and good ways to help overcome them.
Both: We really enjoyed this course!
May 4th, Spencer and Mary- Hazelwood, MI “It made me decide to use NFP throughout our marriage”
Him: I really liked preparing for our Catholic wedding online. The assigned readings and worksheets made us talk and express our feelings on it. I believe that this marriage prep has made our relationship closer.
Her: I really enjoyed this marriage prep class. I liked the worksheets because it helped us go over on how to communicate with each other. I especially liked the NFP worksheet because it made me decide to use NFP throughout our marriage.
Both: It has improved our communication because we have learned how to understand each other's feelings much better.
May 5th, Dustin and Kimberlee- Gervais, OR “Our relationship with God grew stronger.”
Him: It helped us grow closer to each other and God.
Her: I really liked the class! Thorough this process we became closer and our relationship with God grew stronger.
Both: We plan to go to church on a more regular basis. We hope to be able to participate in some parish activities.
May 6th, Kaleb and Taylor- Boulder, CO “It broke down walls between us”
Him: It was a comprehensive covering of the Catholic view on the sacrament of marriage.
Her: This truly deepened my understanding of the sacrament of marriage and I think this course did a great job by hitting all the major topics.
Both: It broke down walls between us, allowing us to be completely open with each other. We learned more in depth facts about each other.
April 25th Ben and Christy – Memphis, TN “It showed us how to get our point across without arguing...”
Him:I thought it was a very detailed and an informative class. I learned things I wasn’t aware about my catholic faith.
Her: The class was excellent! I would recommend this course to everyone I know even those who are not of the catholic faith. It brings up questions and ideas that every couple needs to think about before getting married.
Both: It improved our communication by showing us how to get our points across without arguing which ultimately brought us closer together. It created open communication on topics we never thought about discussing.
April 26th William and Alison- Boulder, CO “I thought this course was very good and thorough”
Him: I thought this course was very good and thorough. I liked the format of working with another couple in the community.
Her:I really enjoyed the class. I felt that it was really valuable to have the opportunity for Billy and I to come together to work on the assignments, and give thoughtful consideration to the Sacrament of our marriage. It was especially nice that we were in the midst of RCIA while we were doing the class. It gave us an opportunity to reflect on the relevance of what we were learning in that class, and how it related overall to this course.
Both: We will continue to attend Mass weekly, and will be signing up to volunteer with the church as well. We have also discussed looking into opportunities to volunteer.
April 27th Dan and Kimberly- Vincentown, NJ “This made our bond grow that much stronger”
Him: I thought it was very helpful and I learned more about my partner.
Her:I agree it was a very fun and insightful course! I loved our conversations that were brought up because of it.
Both: It made us talk about subjects that we would not have brought up on our own. When we did talk about them we found out that we share the same views on almost everything. This made our bond grow that much stronger.
April 28th Vincent and Katherine - Denver, CO“The connections made between the bible, the sacraments, and the Church, were very impactful.”
Him: Thoroughly enjoyed the course, especially the conversations that Kate and I were able to have together.
Her: I was very pleased with the course. I thought the connections made between the bible, the sacraments, and the Church, were very impactful and memorable.
Both: We thought the course sparked lots of good conversation about what is expected of each of us in marriage and what is to be expected throughout marriage.
April 29th Derek and Taylor – Annapolis, MD “Great information to help us build a strong Christ-centered marriage”
Him:It was eye opening for me to get to see the aspects of the Catholic Church that I wasn't aware of and how it's so important to keep God in our relationship.
Her: I really liked it. We got to sit down and talk about a lot of stuff that I was aware of before the prep but in much greater detail. It really applied to real life and I think it contained great information to help us build a strong Christ-centered marriage.
Both: We really enjoyed this course and appreciated your insight and knowledge!
April 18th John and Emily – Charlottesville, VA “We grew closer together during this course!”
Him: I really enjoyed this experience. This course deepened my understanding and made me excited for my marriage. It reinforced important concepts of my faith and I enjoyed discussing the topics with Emily. We grew closer together during this course even though we are separated by a great distance physically right now.
Her: I think that this prep was very valuable as it helped to build the foundation of our life together. I love that it gave us a chance to think through and discuss important elements of married life in the church and re-focus our energy (in the middle of very chaotic wedding planning) on the incredible sacrament that will be happening on our wedding day.
Both: Thank you so much for all of your time! This was really a great experience.
April 19th Alfonso and Stacy – Greeley , CO “I learned a lot of useful tools to add to our relationship!”
Him: I thought it was very inspirational. I learned a lot of useful tools to add to our relationship.
Her: I thought the marriage preparation was very helpful. I learned a lot. I plan on incorporating things that I've learned into our daily life so we can have a more fulfilled marriage. Both: Thank you so much for spending your time answering our questions and providing your insight. It was very helpful. We appreciate the fact that you tell us about your personal issues as well, so we can see how everyone goes through difficult things in a marriage. It helps us keep things in perspective. God bless you! Keep up the great work!
April 20th Christopher and Stacy – Summerhill, PA “It put things in perspective that we take for granted!”
Him: I thought it was an excellent course! It brought up a lot that we had already discussed but it also made us look at things in different ways and asked us questions from other points of views we had not yet considered.
Her: It was a great course. We discussed many of the topics in the lessons and it brought a good conversation that we have not had before. It also put things in perspective that we take for granted.
Both: We enjoyed the course and it was nice to be paired up with military instructors!
April 21st Mauricio and Jessica – Platteville, CO “It was very convenient for our busy schedules!”
Him: I personally really enjoyed it because I truly learned a lot and the answers our instructors would give us were awesome and clarifying. Her: This was a great experience and it was very convenient for our busy schedules.
Both: This course really improved our communication because it promoted us to communicate and discuss this more. It let us be more comfortable with each other.
April 22nd Angelo and Kayleigh- Crestview, FL “It helped us to understand the meaning behind marriage”
Him: I enjoyed this course. I felt like it helped us to understand the meaning behind marriage and it helped us learn to work together and communicate better. Her: It was a great class! I learned a lot and have a better understanding of what to expect from marriage!
Both: Thank you for everything!
April 11th Harold and Patricia Byers, CO: “wonderful prep!”
Him: Wonderful! Would be great for all couples to take!
Her: Very informative. I like the personalized information from our mentors.
Both: God Bless you and the work that you do! We are so thankful to our instructors who made time in their very busy family life to provide this wonderful prep!
April 12TH Derek and Cheyenne, Black Forest, CO: “we pray together at night and in the morning!”
Him: I feel that we learned a lot together!
Her: I loved every bit of this course! I loved learning about God's expectations for my future husband and I.
Both: We talk every night about our day and pray together at night and in the morning!
April 13th Bryce and Nicole, Carrol, IA: “a great opportunity to learn more about our faith”
Him: It was a great opportunity for my future wife and I to learn more about our faith and how it will play a role in the rest of our lives.
Her: It was extremely thorough in covering all aspects of a marriage that we might not have thought about to discuss beforehand.
Both: It allowed us to practice appropriate communication techniques and to really develop opinions together on how we feel about certain marital topics.
April 14th Paul and Angelle, Bunkie, LA: “We really enjoyed the course!”
Him: I thought the course was very thorough and in depth. I definitely learned a lot about what goes into marriage.
Her: My overall impression was that the course was a great tool for us to learn about topics that will help our marriage be stronger such as NFP and also for us to learn more about each other.
Both: We really enjoyed the course! Thank you all for your support through this process.
April 15th Robbie and Vicky, Pennsylvania: “All the answer keys gave us more perspective besides the ones that we came up with”
Him: The prep is a very good tool for any couple getting ready to get married. It covers a broad spectrum of marriage, from religious to practical applications. It is a good driving tool to give couples a glimpse of a married life.
Her: I thought the prep was very helpful in preparing our marriage as Catholics.
Both: This wedding preparation course was a great experience for both of us. We were able to discuss many aspects of our future married life that we would have otherwise overlooked. All the answer keys gave us more perspective besides the ones that we came up with. It was a great experience especially for us in a long-distance relationship.
April 4th Simon and Carolyn, Jasper, Canada "I found it promoted excellent discussions.”
Him: I am glad we did this course because we got to discuss some important things that would not have come up in a day to day conversation.
Her: I was impressed by the modern opportunity to do this course online. I found it promoted excellent discussions.
Both: Being able to do this course online was a big relief. Thank you for the support!
April 5th Ryan and Lisa, Westphalia, MI “It reminded us that we need to keep God first in our lives and relationship.”
Him: I liked this course. I believe it gave us a better understanding of each other and reminded us that we need to keep God first in our lives and relationship.
Her: The prep was good! It allowed us to talk about some things we have not talked about yet. I feel it also opened the door for us to discuss some of our issues further and to have a better understanding of each other. It has definitely helped us to grow as a couple and better prepare ourselves for our marriage.
Both: Thank you for all of your help and guiding us on this most awesome and amazing journey. We appreciate and thank you for working with us. We are so excited and are looking forward to our special day!
April 6th Eric and Rossa, Los Angeles, CA “We got to connect with a real life couple”
Him: It was a great experience. I feel as though this course really makes you interact with one another for an extended period of time rather than just one day.
Her: I felt that the class was very beneficial and at the same time it was convenient for us. It was nice to set up the discussions in the comfort of our own space and have time to think out loud. I was a bit hesitant that the class would seem “robotic” but it was far from that. We got to connect with a real life couple and the assignments were helpful.
Both: Thank you for all of your help! This program was so helpful and it truly was a great experience!
April 7th Michael and Jennifer St. Louis, MO “The class helped us get on the same page on several issues”
Him: I thought it was a great class! It was comprehensive and covered many topics that we needed to discuss with each other. In addition, it also brought up topics that we might not have brought up ourselves. The class helped us get on the same page on several issues, and put many things in perspective. We learned so much about our relationship and ourselves and we are so appreciative that this class gave us tools we can use for the rest of our lives!
Her: My impression of the class was overall very helpful. I’m happy Mike and I were able to get on the same page and set an actual game plan for potential pitfalls that may come up during our marriage. Now that we have talked about those topics with each other, I think we are more prepared than we would have been if we had not taken this class.
Both: Thank you so much for everything!!!
April 8th Manuel an Cynthia, Las Cruces, NM “we now know how to discuss issues with one another!”
Him:It was very useful and informative.
Her: I felt as though this preparation really helped me with the misconceptions and questions I had on topics. It also showed me different ways to look at situations that happened in the teaching and in our personal lives as well.
Both: It improved our communication tremendously, especially since we now know how to discuss issues with one another. Thank you very much for the insights and teachings you guys have given us.
March 28th Thomas and Desiree, Denver, CO “For us, it was a great exercise in listening, patience, communication, togetherness. “
Him: This was a great learning opportunity. It gave us the chance to engage and discuss some topics very central to our spiritual lives together. I'm glad we got the chance to situate our marriage within God's plan for us.
Her: Just the chance to have important conversations with one another was very important. It has made me think about our approach to getting married differently, for the better.
Both:We sat together and completed the assignments. We have always had great discussions but these were on another level because we were learning and caring for God's intention for our lives together. We took a lot of responsibility for our thoughts and words when we were reflecting on the questions. For us, it was a great exercise in listening, patience, communication, and togetherness.
March 29th Eric and Lindsey, Arlington, VA “It was eye-opening!!”
Him: Since I am not a Catholic, the courses helped strengthen my understanding of the Catholic Church's views of marriage and family life. It was eye-opening!
Her:I thought that the course was great. It was informational and interactive, and I appreciate that it made us focus on the religious aspect of marriage. It's easy to get caught up in the other details of the wedding, but this brought us back to the basics and helped to remind us WHY we are doing what we are doing! It was wonderful
Both: Thank you for offering this course. The feedback was wonderful :)
March 30th John and Jenna, Arlington, TX “We feel this course brought us peace and a stronger bond to our marriage.”
Him: It included the Truth of what God wants for a marriage to become successful. It gave me hope in knowing that even though a marriage isn't perfect, with love, God and forgiveness, we can build a perfect marriage.
Her: I understand that although a marriage may have its challenges, everything is possible with true love, forgiveness and the acceptance of God's grace in our marriage
Both:We both have a better understanding in what is expected in a relationship. We feel this course brought us peace and a stronger bond to our marriage.
March 31st Roland and Janet, Tulsa, OK “We believe all couples should take a class like this no matter what religion they are!”
Him:I really liked it. It is put together well and all the information provided is helpful.
Her: I didn't know what it was going to be like but it was an eye opener as to what to look forward to in a marriage. Having faith and God involved in the marriage is important.
Both:We loved this course. We believe all couples should take a class like this no matter what religion they are to help prep with marriage.
April 1st Hunter and Victoria, Baton Rouge, LA “I think this marriage prep course is wonderful for all engaged couples to go through!”
Him:I learned a lot from the prep course and it was nice for the two of us to sit down and reflect on these questions together.
Her:I think this marriage prep course is wonderful for all engaged couples to go through. I enjoyed the intimacy and the privacy that the online course allowed. We were able to freely and openly talk about the questions and our answers without having to worry about whom else is watching or listening.
Both: Thank you again for the time and dedication you have shown to us as our couple as we prepare for marriage!
March 21st,James and Emily, Columbus, OH “Our instructors took the time to give us relatable answers!”
Him: Educational for our preparation towards marriage.
Her: Extremely educational and helpful in communication and fully understanding what is expected in marriage in God's eyes!
Both: We really couldn't have asked for a better couple to go on this journey with us. Our instructors took the time to give us relatable answers and encourage us through the process. They gave fantastic feedback and provided such amazing resources about everything in which we learned. We are so grateful! Thank you so much!
March 22nd Giuseppe and Gabriella, Naples, Italy: “I am surprised how much we got out of this course!”
Him: I am surprised how much we got out of this course. We were skeptical about online prep. Our parish did not offer preparation and it is required for our marriage in Italy. We decided to try it. Our instructors were great! They truly helped and their answers were so personal it showed that they truly cared.
Her: We were unsure of online courses. Our instructors were so helpful. They truly took the time to help us through the course and gave us personal responses.
Both: We would just like to thank our instructors. Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and helping us prep for this amazing time in our lives. We truly appreciate all your personal answers and your help with our questions. We will keep you in our prayers! Thank you for everything!
March 23rd Patrick and Sara, Denver, CO: “ We have grown closer these past couple of weeks and learned a lot about each other.”
Him: I really enjoyed having the opportunity for us to talk about topics that we never would have thought to talk about. I feel like we have grown closer these past couple of weeks and learned a lot about each other.
Her: I feel like I was given a more realistic impression of what married life will be like. We discussed things that are tough topics and that I could see some people never discussing without a class like this.
Both: We now understand that our purpose is to make the other person the happiest version of themselves. This means being open and honest!
March 24th Matthew and Stephanie, North Arlington, NJ: “We are more open and honest with one another now!”
Him: Veryinteresting. It taught me a lot considering I do not have the same Catholic background as my fiancé.
Her: Even though I have been raised in a holy Catholic household, there was a lot to learn. It was informative!
Both: Thank you so much to our instructors! You really opened our eyes, minds, and hearts. We appreciate your help throughout our journey!
March 25th Tim and Natalie, Santa Monica, CA: “We loved the program and will be encouraging others to take it!”
Him: It brought me closer to my faith and really reminded me what is important in life and how to live in God's image. I grew up going to Catholic School and was familiar with many of the teachings discussed, although it had been quite some time since I actually thought critically about them. It provided a great framework to think more critically about my life as an adult and in marriage.
Her: Loved it! It has brought us closer together through our faith, support and understanding of one another.
Both: The lessons brought about new conversations we had not had. It pushed us to dig deeper into our own personal feelings, apprehensions, and faith together!
March 14th,Antonio and Maria Andrade, Tulare, CA: “It helps couples get closer to God”
Him: Everything was perfect and we received great feedback from our instructorsI think it is a well-developed prep. It helps couples get closer to God.
Her: It was a great experience. I learned more about God and about our relationship with him.
Both: We were both able to share our expectations about marriage, our needs, and our concerns.
March 15th, Paul and Kathryne, San Francisco, CA: "allowed us to sit down with each other and have open conversations"
Him: It was great and convenient for our busy schedules. It allowed us to set aside time together particularly for us to learn more about each other and what marriage really is all about.
Her: I loved the convenience since our family has an extremely busy schedule. This program really allowed us to sit down with each other and have open conversations and learning experiences in the comfort of our home.
Both: It allowed us to really open up about our personal thoughts on important marital issues. We also realized that we could disagree and have healthy conversations and come to a compromise. Thank you for all of your detailed responses. It was truly a learning experience because of all the work you put into our course. Thank you!
March 16th Kevin and Julia, Tulsa, OK: “There was a great deal of education and information”
Him: There was a great deal of education and information. I enjoyed the relationship tools and looking a little deeper into what my thoughts and ideas were on marriage.
Her: It was very thorough, informative and educational. I enjoyed reading the comments and answers. I will admit it was a lot of work, but marriage is right?!? I'm very thankful to have you guys praying for us and our family.
Both: It brought up a few things we needed to discuss, opening the door. Also new techniques on communication especially when we are frustrated and upset.
We cannot thank you enough for your quick responses and great tips. Thank you for lifting us up in prayer and being there for us! We too are praying for you and the work you do for so many couples!!
March 17th Ashin and Steffi, Falls Church, VA: “It helped us discuss topics which were crucial to our marriage and which we otherwise wouldn’t have thought of.”
Him:The classes were great. The course covered many important topics which will surely help us live a happy marriage in our catholic faith.
Her:I think the class was a great help! It helped us open up and discuss things which we would not have otherwise openly discussed. It also broadened our knowledge on the role of a man and a woman in each other’s lives and their duty as a married couple.
Both: Please keep us in your prayers so that the Almighty God would shower his blessings and help us lead a good catholic life together.
March 18th Joseph and Cindy, Los Angeles, CA: “It improved our communication tremendously.”
Him: It was impressive, thorough and I have been using some of the lessons I learned from the class with my fiancé. It also touched on a few issues that not to many people talk about openly. We have so much to be thankful for and these classes help us put things into perspective.
Her: For the first time since going through these classes, I feel we are more connected spiritually.
We are reminded that God should always be a big part of our lives. We tend to overlook how things may seem but if we put our Lord in the picture everything will work itself out.
Both: We appreciate the convenience factor such as doing the lessons at night and on the weekends.
Feb. 29th Scott and Courtney, Military: “We enjoyed reading your answers and it helped us talk together about our plans.”
Him:It was helpful to sit down and talk about each lesson.
I appreciated reading some of the topics and talking about them with Courtney.
Her:I enjoyed going through the examples, and feedback for each lesson.
I appreciated reading through what we might have not gotten completely right.
Both:We had to talk about how we communicate, and it led to us finding things that we could work better on.
We enjoyed reading your answers and it helped us talk together about our plans, our mindset, and where we want to be headed towards.
March 1st: Shelton and Ashley, Rifle, CO: “I have been a catholic all my life and I still learned new things!”
Him: Even though I am not Catholic I have learned so much from taking this class. I learned how valuable marriage is and how we can work at making it better.
Her: I loved how thorough our instructors were in answering our questions and always providing feedback when it seemed we were a little lost or confused on a topic.
Both: After taking this class we know how to better approach a situation.
March 2nd: Jeff and Brittany, Savannah, Georgia: “I plan to convert to Catholicism.”
Him: Very helpful and presenting things I never would have thought of. I enjoyed having the Bible readings for us. I also really enjoyed the Green Sex lesson.
Her: It helped me learn to be less selfish and communicate in a better way. I really enjoyed learning about Natural Family Planning. It gave me a lot to think about for my and Jeff's future. I plan to convert to Catholicism.
Both: We really enjoyed everything this course had to offer. It was very worthwhile and the time and effort really paid off. We also appreciate how responsive you were with our answers. Thank you!
March 3rd: Robert and Kathryn, Springbrook, NY: “It helped me to see how close marriage and faith go together.”
Him: Informative, it reminded me of the importance of faith in everyday life.
Her:Inspiring. I enjoyed how open the course was with both the positive and sometimes negative situations that can happen in marriage, and how to deal with them.
It helped me to see how close marriage and faith go together
Both: It helped to facilitate conversations on important subjects that we have never discussed. Great course!
March 4th: Gipson and Kurian, Venice, FL: “It reaffirmed our knowledge of church's teachings and importance of following of God.”
Him:It was a good course and useful for our lives together. I appreciated to discuss lot about the sacrament of marriage
Her: I thought it was a really good course. It gave us the opportunity to learn more about each other and the sacrament of marriage.
Both: Yes, even though we follow the church's teachings, it reaffirmed our knowledge of church's teachings and the importance of following of God, prayer and church in our marriage.
March 7th, Justin and Ashley, Sioux City, IA: "Online was a great option!”
Him: It really helped us bond over our faith. It helped that we could do it around our work schedules.
Her: It really explained how Catholics view marriage and helped us understand God's love of us through marriage.
It was a great learning tool, I really enjoyed the freedom of doing it on our own time.
March 8th , Erik and Amanda, Colorado Springs, CO: "We learned to listen to each other much better with patience and kindness.”
Him:This prep was great and furthered not only my communication and relationship with my future spouse, but also with God.
I was extremely impressed with the thought provoking questions.
Her:This class was extremely helpful and touched on many topics that will help my relationship with God and marriage.
Both:The feedbacks from the teachers were excellent!
March 9th Jonathan and Jennifer,Detroit, MI : "Your feedback was very positive and instructional without being demeaning.”
Him: I thought the course was great! I have learned a lot about God, the church, Catholic marriage as well as each other.
Initially I was nervous about how my views would be perceived however I felt your feedback was very positive and instructional without being demeaning.
Her: I really liked the course. I learned a lot about my faith and how it directly influences my marriage.
It was a lot of information however it gave us so many references to go back to in the future as well.
Both: I believe it improved our communication because we were able to discuss very deep beliefs, no matter how different or uncomfortable they were.
After 10 years, nothing is new between us however I don’t think we ever had such spiritual conversations as deep and passionate as we did while taking this course.
March 10th Andrew and Katelyn,Pittsburgh, PA: “the answer keys were very specific to the couple"
Him: I thought this course was professional, on time, and supportive. I also thought that the answer keys were very specific to the couple.
Her:I thought that this course did a great job at leading us towards marriage and reminding us of the real reasons behind marriage that often get forgotten about in the stress of planning
Both: our instructors were wonderful instructors who made this process more enjoyable.
They were very thorough and personal in their answers which made it more enjoyable for us to read their feedback.
Overall, the course was informative and we would recommend it to other couples.
March 11th Michael and Caroline, North Bern, NC: "Really liked the wide variety of subjects and the support by Church teaching”
Him: Positive and thought-provoking!
It brought to light many subjects and questions about marriage and our faith that led to meaningful discussions.
We particularly learned a lot from the last session. It helped us learn more about how to discuss topics before they become bigger issues.
Her:I really like the wide variety of subjects and the support by Church teaching that was shown through excerpts from Scripture and the Catechism.
Both:Thank you for all of your help! Please pray for us in these last few weeks! We will be praying for you all, too. We are so grateful for you, your family, and your ministry. Thanks again and God bless!!
February 22nd, Adam and Caroline, Denver CO: “We got to the bottom of issues faster and were able to resolve them in a healthier way.”
Him:“This class and meeting with the priest have really igniting my desire to get back in to Church.
I now appreciate the Church so much more, and I am creating a relationship with God.”
Her: “I most appreciated how many important conversations we ended up having, and will continue as a result of the class.
This is in turn setting us up with a strong foundation for our marriage.”
Both: “We got to the bottom of issues faster and were able to resolve them in a healthier way.”
February 23rd, David and Brittany, St. Augustine FL: "Quality and individual attention was great."
Him: “I am very thankful for the flexibility to be able to complete online due to my strenuous work schedule.
Quality and individual attention was great. I plan to attend Mass and decide if I want to participate in the RCIA program to become Catholic.”
Her: “I loved the personalized feedback and additional resources provided in each answer key. It refreshed my memory regarding the deeper meaning of various Catholic Church teachings “
Both: “Gave us a chance to discuss many issues which may arise in marriage proactively.”
February 24th, Justin and Sarah, Lansing MI: "It made me realize that weddings aren't just about the glamour and details, but about God.”
Him: “I appreciated the constant reflection we had to do regarding our expectations and plans for life.
It made me realize that weddings aren't just about the glamour and details but about God and the future we will have together. “
Her: “I appreciated the feedback and insightfulness to all of the answer keys. I really felt I learned something.
I plan for us to start going to Sunday Mass more, attending Reconciliation, praying more to God, and maybe finding something we can get involved in at the Church.”
Both: “It really allowed us to talk together about our answers and learn more about one another involving our faith and future.”
February 25th, George and Laura, Baltimore MD: "It was intellectually challenging as well as a way to grow closer to God and George.”
Him: “I appreciated most that the course provided both education and practical tips about marriage.
Even though we are civilly married, it was helpful to go through this for our relationship.”
Her: “I really enjoyed the Bible readings and learning more about the meaning of the Sacrament of Marriage. I was familiar with many of the verses, but hadn't closely studied them and it was intellectually challenging as well as a way to grow closer to God and George.”
Both: “We talked through the lessons and our discoveries. We opened up to each other about things we hadn't previously and it was very meaningful.
We also learned some new communication strategies we plan to utilize!”
February 26, Alejandro and Lizeth, Sacramento CA: This course has taught me that there is nothing more important than your relationship with God.”
Him: “This class taught me the importance of bringing God into our relationship and how following the lessons taught in the scripture as well as through this class that we have powerful tools to make our relationship work no matter the challenges we face. “
Her: “Overall, this class is very impressive. This class engaged and enriched my connections more deeply with God.
It is an awakening to who God is and a desire to be closer to Him and follow His word.
This course has taught me that there is nothing more important than your relationship with God.”
Both: “We believe effective communication is critical to a successful marriage.
This course provided us with excellent skills that will help us communicate more effectively about important issues and will allow us to plan for the future how to solve potential problems that we might encounter in our married life.”
February 8th, Charles and Fabia, UK: “I am really pleased that we did and it completely surpassed all my expectations.”
Him: This was a really enjoyable course. It discussed theology that really made me think. It also justified my reasoning why I proposed, that it was more than a whim, it was a lifelong commitment. It also asked questions that I hadn't thought of which were really beneficial.
Her: I have to say, I was apprehensive about taking on another marriage preparation course as we had already completed Anglican marriage preparation. However, I am really pleased that we did and it completely surpassed all my expectations. I really enjoyed exploring the theology and also found the discussions that it fostered between Charles and I really interesting. Being able to have a couple mentor us through the process made it quite personal and I really feel that we couldn't have asked for a better couple than our instructor couple.
Both: The course stimulated a huge depth of conversation between the two of us about marriage and also our faith. Through the course we have learnt some essential life skills, for example through the active listening questions. We also found doing each session together made us really talk to each other about what we are embarking on, about our faith and our relationship with each other and God.
February 9th, Bruce and Letita, Trenton, NJ: “We learned different ways of how to get to understand each other through God."
Him: Honestly I must say, I have learned so much through this course. Letitia and I bonded in different ways through the exercises.
Her: I loved it. I liked the one on one personal experience and seemed to be much more educational rather than being in a group. I feel like it was focused on us.
Both: We learned different ways of how to get to understand each other through God. It’s a give and take relationship and we look forward to working as "one".
February 10th, Stephen and Megan, Sacramento, CA: “I absolutely appreciated that it was online so we didn't have to worry about any scheduling conflicts with work.”
Him: I liked it. I absolutely appreciated that it was online so we didn't have to worry about any scheduling conflicts with work. As a Catholic who is marrying a non-Catholic, I feel that it helps introduce her into the world of Catholicism.
Her: It was good and interesting for me because I wasn't raised in the Church. I think it helped us learn how to communicate better and how to handle issues that may arise within our marriage.
Both: It improved our communication because the classes gave us the tools to discuss issues. We communicated fairly well before, but it is better now.
February 11th, Benjamin and Cristina, Phoenix, AZ: “It exceeded my expectations. I didn't quite know what I expected but I didn't think we'd feel as connected to our instructors and each other as we did during this course.”
Him: I enjoyed doing the prep. It was a nice thing for Cristina and I to get to do together and I always looked forward to the next course. It exceeded my expectations. I didn't quite know what I expected but I didn't think we'd feel as connected to our instructors and each other as we did during this course.
Her: I would really recommend this prep to any couple who is getting married. We had a lot of great conversation as a result of this course and even though it was virtual, our teachers were so prompt and responsive that we still felt connected to them. They also gave such insightful answers which were very appreciated.
Both: Thank you so much for your time and effort these past few months! We know our marriage will be stronger and healthier as a result of having come in contact with the pair of you. We appreciated you sharing your lives with us!
February 12th, James and Krista, Hartford, CT: “It truly opened my eyes to so many different parts of a marriage.”
Him: I appreciated being able to do this online. I don’t do well speaking in front of groups of people.
Her: I think that is was great. It truly opened my eyes to so many different parts of a marriage. It has given me valuable and important information as we embark on this sacred sacrament and adventure.
Both:We appreciated our instructors. Their answers and honesty were fantastic. Their understanding and patience with our responses was very much appreciated.
February 1st, Gail and Bhakti, Mumbai, India: “We learned to share our thoughts out loud so that the other person is aware of it.”
Him: This was a very good course which created a good discussion between me and Bhakti and helped us understand and prepare well for our marriage. The love letters were very special because it was good to share it with her.
Her: This was very interactive and one on one session with the counselors where all our questions and doubts regarding the topics were cleared and explained. We learned to share our thoughts out loud so that other person is aware of it.
Both: We got a better understanding how our marriage will be a connection with God and church.
February 2nd, Wilburn and Michelle, Jackson, MS: “We have been together so long, going in to this course we both thought it was not going to teach us anything, we have already talked to each other about everything. We were wrong.”
Him: I enjoyed the whole marriage prep overall! I liked getting to know more about the Catholic Faith, and also the fellowship I got to share with Michelle and all the other people that helped us! I also feel like I got to know [our priest] because of this prep. I am very thankful that Catholics do this, I feel like Michelle and I are growing closer together in faith.
Her: I learned so much more about what the catholic faith believes about marriage than I ever thought I would. I really enjoyed being enlightened and learning what is true instead of what I thought to be true.
Both: The program had us discussing issues that we have never even thought about. We have been together so long, going in to this course we both thought it was not going to teach us anything, we have already talked to each other about everything. We were wrong. I think we both were very enlightened about the contraception.
February 3rd, Colin and Brittney, Allentown, PA: “It's wonderful knowing we want the same things out of life and I can't wait to start this new chapter.”
Him: This class was great! It was nice being able to do it together rather than taking the classes separately. I liked getting to read what Brittney thinks of me and to see what her dreams are. It’s one thing to have her talk about it but it's another thing to actually see it on paper.
Her: This class was awesome! We got to discuss a lot of things that get overlooked sometimes. I didn't think I would learn that much more about Colin, but I did. It's wonderful knowing we want the same things out of life and I can't wait to start this new chapter.
Both: We just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping us through this course. We can't wait to show you pictures in September! This was a wonderful class and we enjoyed it very much!!
February 4th, Stephen and Nicole, Boston, MA: “It was great to have such experienced people on the other end to talk about marriage and the tips for success we received along the way.”
Him: It was very way more interactive than I could have ever imaged. The feedback was amazing and I felt like I had a great knowledge base from my instructors throughout the process.
Her: I learned things about God's relationship to marriage and the meaning of marriage. It was extremely informative and it has been a great start to our marriage journey. It was great to have such experienced people on the other end to talk about marriage and the tips for success we received along the way.
Both: It has allowed us to talk in a meaningful way with God in mind. It has opened up the thought of God and the way in which we treat God in our conversations.
February 5th, Chester and Rachel, Arlington, VA: “It reminded me of the overall beauty of the faith.”
Him: It reminded me of the overall beauty of the faith. I appreciated how the assignments didn't just encompassed "love" in marriage but looked at nearly every angle of marriage, in both practical and spiritual sense.
Her: I appreciated the personal interaction … given by our instructors. It was nice to hear personal stories about how they can relate to each of the lessons. I also appreciate that the process was very smooth for us to take care of these classes online due to our … being a long distance couple.
Both: It was a nice opportunity to reflect on what we knew and love about the Catholic Church
January 25th, Patrick and Sooyoung, Galveston-Houston, TX: “I was able to deepen my faith as well as explore our faith as a couple”
Him: It was a great opportunity to learn more about God and marriage. I was very pleased with the prompt and very detailed responses.
Her: I was able to deepen my faith as well as explore our faith as a couple. Even though it was an urgent care course, it made us think a lot about marriage and learn a lot.
Both: We had to communicate a lot to answer all the assignments which led us understand each better.
January 26th, Antonio and Nicole, Greensburg, PA: “It seems easy to understand the teachings from these lessons but they are put into perspective when there are people who have truly lived them.”
Him: This class really allowed Nicole and I to discuss things in a way we have not before. We have realized the importance of God. Karen and Deano were so insightful. Their honestly and feedback to our answers really opened our eyes to how we look at this sacrament, our family and our life together.
Her: We appreciated how open our instructors were about their own personal life experiences. It seems easy to understand the teachings from these lessons but they are put into perspective when there are people who have truly lived them.
Both: We plan on being regular church goers. We also plan on giving to the church and charities even more so that we currently do. we hope to participate in our new church once we move to a new community.
January 27th, Keon and Brenna, Seattle WA: “I feel much more grounded and prepared and have a much greater appreciation for the beauty and importance of marriage.”
Him: I really enjoyed taking the time to go through all that we did. Each lesson had its own focus and to be able to thoroughly go through them made me feel much closer to Brenna and God. I always looked forward to talking with Brenna about what our faith had laid out for us.
Her: I absolutely loved it! I think that the lessons and tools it teaches you are so valuable and will really be helpful in our marriage. I feel much more grounded and prepared and have a much greater appreciation for the beauty and importance of marriage. Thank you!
Both: It really allowed us to listen to each other and understand where each other was at in our faith journey. It allowed us to discuss religious topics and realize how similar our beliefs and morals are. It gave us the opportunity to grow closer through prayer.
January 28th, Lucas and Christina, Denver, CO: “Luke and I did a lot of learning, talking, laughing, even some tears."
Him: For our schedules, this was a great way to do our preparation. I appreciate the time given to prepare as well, doing it at our self-paced schedule helped. Some of the questions really got Christy and I talking.
Her: I enjoyed this preparation! Luke and I did a lot of learning, talking, laughing, even some tears. It really helped to do this online, so we could work at our own pace.
Both: Thank you for the thoughtful responses on our answer keys. Also, we appreciate your quick turn around time -- seeing your email the next day was always exciting throughout the entire course! God Bless you both!
January 29th, Gustavo and Paulina, Puerto Rico: "Through this course I've become reconnected with God and my spirituality."
Him: I loved how flexible this was. We have such busy and irregular schedules that this fit into our lives perfectly. I studied with the Jesuits priests my whole life so I have questioned religion many times. This was a nice way to reconnect with my spirituality.
Her: Being so busy with day to day stuff, I used to forget to pray. Through this course I've become reconnected with God and my spirituality.
Both: We live in two different places so it was hard to go to a course in person. We loved that it was online, we could do it when we wanted to and we really liked that it was updated to modern life.
January 18th, Andrew and Marcella, Washington, MD: “This course will in a way prepare me in my journey to become a Catholic.”
Him: I appreciated that this course allowed us to discuss and work through complex issues that could provide a negative influence on our marriage in the future. I feel that this course will in a way prepare me in my journey to become a Catholic and give me greater insight into the teachings of the Church.
Her: I appreciated the opportunity for Andrew and me to deepen our spiritual relationship with Christ. It helped enlightened aspects of my faith that I wasn’t as informed about prior to this course.
Both: It's been a pleasure! Thank you!
January 19th, Jean-Luc and Laure Marie, Westminster, UK: “We definitely would recommend this to other couples.”
Him: Not coming from a strong religious background, aside from the sacraments, it did teach me some things and made me realize I should make religion a more important part of my life
Her: I enjoyed the love letter writing and the conversations we had together when addressing several topics in this course. It helps reinforce my belief that we should attend church more and pray more at all times, good or bad.
Both: Great course. It’s very easy to use and understand and smooth overall. [The] instructors give us great feedback and we appreciate all the words of advice and the commentary you provided. We definitely would recommend this to other couples.
January 20th, Joseph and Tiffany, Sacramento, CA: “We feel as though we received fantastic advice and support.”
Him: It revived my faith because with me being so busy with my job it showed me that when we do live with each other, I need to make the time to just be with my wife. This will allow us to pray with each other and just talk about how things are going.Her: I appreciated the opportunities to answer on my own. I found it to be an outlet and a way to express my inner thoughts to my fiance, or how I was feeling about him. This course revived my faith in the fact that when I feel alone, I can always call upon God to be there for me.
Both: We had no idea what to expect about this course, but we feel as though we received fantastic advice and support.
January 21st, Gage and Kelly, Greeley, CO: “It really made me consider all aspects of our future marriage and how important the church will be in our marriage.”
Him: I think that the prep was very thorough but easy to follow and digest. It really made me consider all aspects of our future marriage and how important the church will be in our marriage. I like that it utilized different forms of information delivery (video, audio, reading, etc.) so it did not get repetitious or boring.
Her: I appreciated that it brought God into our life during a relatively stressful and busy time. It is so easy to get caught up in wedding planning, but this course brought us back to what mattered.
Both: It refocused what's important in a marriage and what weddings are for!
January 22nd, Jonathon and Margaret, San Diego, CA: “It's a kick in the butt, really, about what we need to focus on.”
Him: The best part wasn't the level of questions asked but the conversations that happened between us. A simple question actually would start a pretty high level discussion between us, and it was a good thing
Her: It's a kick in the butt, really, about what we need to focus on, and more seriously, and not just talk about it but actually do it
Both: We appreciate you taking care of us and being a part of our journey. We especially appreciate being matched with a military couple who has been through the same steps.
January 11th, Peter and Beth, Northglenn, CO: “I appreciated how in depth it was.”
His:“It was wonderful learning and taking each assignment step by step with an experienced faith couple to help us grow in ours. It went above and beyond my expectations. I appreciated how in depth it was and how through our conversations it helped me to understand how important her faith is to her.”
Her: “It has been very enlightening and had really helped us to grow as a couple. It exceeded my expectations.
It helped me to see a different side of my fiance that I had never seen before.”
Both: “It helped us learn to be patient with each other and listen to what the other person has to say instead of just what we are saying.”
January 12th, Shawn and Roberta, Colorado Springs, CO: “Thank you to our mentor couple,their input and time were greatly appreciated.”
His:“I liked that the course gave everyday examples and went beyond just Catholicism or religion and helped prepare for everyday living as a married couple.”
Her: “I enjoyed the personalized responses from the mentor couple were great feedback, yes, praying has increased.”
Both: “We are praying together more, and considering how we can be better Catholics Christians/People in general. Yes our communication has improved too. Thank you to our mentor couple, their input and time were greatly appreciated!
January 13th, Manuel and Querido, Seattle, WA: “Our relationship is stronger because of this course.”
His: “Very good, very instructive. And it helped to remind us what the important things are in the wedding process. I liked the natural way of how this was conducted (even though it was online).
Her: “Very positive. I enjoyed the readings, videos, and questions. It was valuable for us. I appreciated Manuel taking this class seriously. I also liked the structure of the questions. It flowed well and they did add value to our conversations.”
Both: “We are in the process still of writing love letters - we will share our love letters on our wedding day before we get married. Our relationship is stronger because of this course. Thank you very much for this innovative tool. “
January 14th, Jeff and Ashley, Baltimore, Maryland: “It opened up subjects such as contraception and sex that usually led to arguments…”
His: “I think it forced us to talk about subjects way more in depth than we have done before and that helped us to get to know each other even better. I did not receive the same Catholic education as my fiancé so I was able to learn a lot from this course that I didn't know before.
I enjoyed the honesty of our sponsor couple. They were very down to earth in their examples and it allowed us to connect more with them and develop greater confidence in their advice.”
Her: “I thought it provided a lot of great insight into tips that can help support our marriage in all aspects - spiritual, financial, etc. It exceeded my expectations. I would agree it was nice to hear the comments that show that they aren't perfect either but they are able to overcome the daily struggles of married life and still hold God at the center even if it is hard some times.
Both: “It opened up subjects such as contraception and sex that usually led to arguments and not mutual understanding before and now we think we are able to see the right path and support each other in following that. “
January 15th, Kevin and Sarah, Lewistown, Maine: “It allowed us to become more in touch with our faith.”
His:“It was good for us to get chance to explore some topics we had not thought about.”
Her: “I appreciated the feedback and the timely ness. Yes it met my/our expectations.”
Both:“It allowed us to become more in touch with our faith.
We plan to abstain until our wedding, practice NF, pray together and attend weekly Mass.”
January 4th, Kyle and Amy, Portland OR: “This course helped me better understand how essential God will be in our marriage.”
Her: I loved all the topics that were brought up! It was eye opening and brought up great conversation! This course helped me better understand how essential God will be in our marriage and I look forward to the conversations we will have!
Him: I enjoyed the extra time spent with Amy and our discussions about our future marriage. I have a drive to pray more, hopefully on a daily basis. I want to make it a part of my daily routine.
Both: We are talking about more life goals and plans on raising a family. We are excited to start our marriage and better understand one another through the tips learned here
January 5th, Thomas and Chandra, Salina KS: “It has re-ignited the passion and love we have for each other and strengthened our relationship with God.”
Him: Being a Catholic all my life, I learned things that I did not know or had forgotten. It allowed me to really think about my and our relationship with Christ. Being married already I was able to take this class and apply a lot of parts of it currently to our marriage.
Her: I thought it was great class, I learn a lot and it has gone hand in hand with my RCIA classes. We have shared feelings with each other that we have not done in a long time. It has re-ignited the passion and love we have for each other and strengthened our relationship with God.
Both: Being married for 10 years and having 3 children, we went into this class thinking what could we possibly learn from this class that we did not already know. Our eyes were opened with this, we learned many things and found by taking this class it has helped us open up to each other and also have greater amount of patience for each other and our children.
January 6th, Marcus and Allison, Springfield IL: “It brought me back to the true meaning of marriage”
Him: I would highly recommend this course to others who need to take an online version. The worksheets took time, but brought up many topics that we needed to discuss before marrying. This revived my faith because it brought Allison and I closer through completing the worksheets and spending that time together talking about these topics.
Her: This course helped stimulate conversations between us that otherwise wouldn't have been talked about. It brought me back to the true meaning of marriage. I was getting caught up in the little details that don't matter much regarding the wedding and I needed to refocus my thoughts.
Both: We just want to say thank you! :)
January 7th,, Joe and Sandra, Denver CO: “we are now more open with each other, and we appreciate one another”
Him: I feel like it exceeded my expectations and made it a very positive and worthy thing to do I’m glad we did it. This course has renewed my faith because it has showed me and my fiance to help one another to get closer to God and His Church.
Her: I think that this whole process has met my expectations because we got excellent feedback from the instructors which we can use later. [It impacted my faith] because church allows us to take time out of our lives and look at the world through a bigger scope and allow us to find our place in it an live a more full and faith filled life.
Both: This course allowed our communication to improve because we are now more open with each other, and we appreciate one another. We would just like to thank our instructions for their time to help us on our journey with God and our marriage.
January 8th, James and Meghan, Newark, IL: “I found it thought provoking, challenging and rewarding”
Him: [It was] more fun that I thought it was going to be. I appreciated learning that my bride to be and I have a lot more in common than I imagined when it comes to tackling some of these more challenging issues.
Her: I appreciated the real life examples that Deb and Joe provided ... it is helpful to see/hear of successful marriages and connections and have the reality check on how challenging it can be. I found it thought provoking, challenging and rewarding.
Both: We had conversations about things that had not yet come up in our relationship...
December 14th, Manuel and Luningning, Vallejo, CA: "I felt transformed overnight."
Him: "This prep made us aware that We need to work harder in knowing our faith. I was awed (for lack of a better word). I felt transformed overnight in the way I look at the seriousness of man & woman relationship in the context of marriage."
Her: "I feel I've grown up spiritually and I've learned new ideas on how to relate to others and how I can effectively relate to my husband. It's worth giving up a few hours of a good night's sleep. I find forgiveness cards valuable. It made apologizing easier to do."
Both: "The meaning of the sacrament of matrimony came alive. This course had taught us that reliance on God is the only way to live life free of worries. We feel we've been enriched by doing these assignments."
December 15th , Sammy and Benedicte, Westminster UK, "It was really convenient to do it online, whenever we wanted, in total privacy and confidentiality"
Him: “it helped us a lot to build our future together and to make sure we agree on important topics, to think about the potential issues our couple might face in the future and the great things we will build together”
Her: “This preparation was very useful to strengthen our relationship and understand the role of God in our couple, I also understand a lot more my role as a wife and why this will truly change our relationship”
Both: “This preparation course covered all we wanted to know and it was really convenient to do it online, whenever we wanted, in total privacy and confidentiality”
December 16th, Charles and Stella, Sacramento, CA: “What a wonderful experience that truly brought my fiancé and I together.”
Him: “I appreciated the amount of knowledge that was rendered and the instructors manner of teaching.”
Her: “It reminded me why the sacrament of marriage is so sacred and cherished in the church.”
Both: “What a wonderful experience that truly brought my fiancé and I together.”
December 17th, Alejandra and Jose, Lafayette, LA: “Thinking about our life in the future like 20 years ahead made us excited.
Him: “It made us see things in a different light and opened up our minds to new possibilities.It made me see that [I’m not] as close to God as I thought and how much work I need to do to achieve that closeness I want.”
Her:“I appreciated the time the instructors’ time and effort they put into answering and explaining everything and making the effort to make us feel like friends.”
Both:“We talked about issues that we normally don't bring up like things that might break up a marriage or things we might encounter later in life. Thinking about our life in the future like 20 years ahead made us excited. We are glad and grateful to have participated in this course.”
December 18th, Jeffery and Lisa, Edmonton, Canada: “The feedback was very much appreciated, especially given how detailed and thorough it was.”
Him: “The content was very good and substantive. The feedback was very much appreciated, especially given how detailed and thorough it was.Some of the theological content was very good to be reminded of and brought into focus.”
Her: “I thought this course was excellent. It was very thorough and provided a solid foundation for understanding marriage as a sacrament.”
Both: “Overall we thought the course was excellent and provided the basic catechesis that so many people lack, but is necessary to fully experience and appreciate the sacrament, and would (hopefully) call many back to the church. We have told the people involved in marriage prep in our parish how thorough and sound the teaching is, and how happy we were with it.”
November 9th, Francis and Angeline, Sacramento, CA: "Made me closer to Francis and to God"
His: "I am very impressed with the marriage prep course, I think it definitely brought Angelina and I together and brought God into our lives in a binding way. This course exceeded my expectations, I was cautious that it would not bring us together like an in person class would. Quite the contrary this course was very helpful, gave us plenty to talk about and pray about, and was greatly satisfying."
Her: "This has been an amazing opportunity to connect with Francis and with God. I think it is a well put together program. I also appreciated both of you being so understanding of me not really knowing much about the Catholic faith. I appreciated the fact that taking these courses didn't only make me closer to Francis but made me closer to God. I now have a better understanding of God and his love."
Revived his Faith: "This revived my faith in the sense that I now know more about how God and my marriage are going to be bonded and how to use prayer and the Church to keep my family together."
Revived her Faith: "Taking this course has definitely ignited my desire to get closer to God and the Church. It's such a beautiful feeling having faith in such an incredible power!"
November 10th, Dave and Eva, Bradshaw, Maryland: "The class helped us grow as a couple."
His: "This class was very well organized and helped lead me and my fiancée into open and productive discussions about our faith. Yes, overall the class helped us grow as a couple and we feel even more prepared for our marriage. I appreciated the extensive feedback, now we have such a rich library of guidance as a resource. The in depth discussion of the spiritual meaning of marriage inspired me and I'm looking forward to sharing this with Eva."
Her: "I liked how the information was organized into sections that helped me concentrate on a specific area of my faith each time. The love letters were a special touch, we hadn't written any since the early stages of our relationship and they were so special."
Both: "We were able to combine our religious backgrounds and together we established a foundation faith for our marriage."
November 11th, Sean and Laura, Roswell, Georgia "I have thought about joining the Knights of Columbus as my Dad."
His: "There were a lot of topics brought up that I hope we can use ourselves to better our marriage down the road. It went beyond my initial expectations.
I appreciated the long and informative responses to our answers. They helped expand on ideas we tried to convey and got us talking. I have thought about joining the Knights of Columbus as my Dad is a member, or helping with food drives and other charitable actions."
Her: "It brought up a lot of good points and a lot of good things to think about, not only now, but in the future. I appreciated the opportunity to talk about money and raising children and religion as a part of family life. I would like to channel my knitting skills by joining a prayer shawl ministry and I'm always interested in programs that benefit the youth or the elderly and I've been reading the Bible on my own, but it'd be nice to join a group to get other perspectives."
Both: "It made us read and interpret the Bible, which I haven't done since Sunday school, and it got me thinking about the written part of Catholicism more. The most helpful thing was giving us an opportunity and making us talk about some subjects."
November 12th, Ron and Karen, Brighton, Colorado: “This course has allowed us to take time away from our busy lives.”
-His: "I appreciated the insight that this prep gave me as far as the Catholic Church is concerned. I am not Catholic and found this to be very informative. This course has given me a lot of information to work with and think about."
- Her: "I thought it was very informative and helpful. I learned a lot and realize that I have some things to improve on. This class actually exceeded my expectations. I expected that we would be reading prayer and not getting into the issues of a marriage. I am so glad that wasn't the case."
- Both: "This course has allowed us to take time away from our busy lives in order to discuss marriage and religion. This has opened up our communication and has helped us to better understand each other. Thank you so much for your continued feedback and support. We have appreciated reading your comments and suggestions. Please pray for the strength of our marriage. It was much appreciated."
November 13th, Dan and Ashela, San Diego, California: “What I appreciated the most is learning about NFP and saving ourselves for marriage.”
His:"Exceeded my expectations have helped me to learn how to grow with my faith and love in my relationships. What I appreciated the most is learning about NFP and saving ourselves for marriage; I find I have this new found respect for our love and purity of our relationship."
Her: "It was extremely spiritual and very much appreciated. By far more than met my expectations, I also enjoyed what I learned. This program gives me the urge to read the bible, and attend Mass more often."
Both: "Thank you so much for all your time and effort of your commitment and guidance to help our future."
December 7th, Noel and Gina, Sacramento, CA: "I made the decision to convert and confirm myself as Catholic."
Him: "It was a great time to reflect and understand that marriage is more than a get together of friends and family. We learned so much more that we originally intended I appreciated the forgiveness cards, it prepares us for a reality of marriage that things are not always perfect."
Her: "It allowed us to learn about the intentions of marriage within the Church and with God. I made the decision to convert and confirm myself as Catholic because I wanted to be a part of his faith and grow our marriage on the foundation of the Church
Both: "It allowed us discussion on things that we have not talked about before, things that we have assumed in the past are made known and that is important for the course but more for our marriage."
December 8th, Dan and Jill, Atlanta, GA : "This preparation inspired healthy conversations and bonding."
Him: "I enjoyed the variety of assignments in the prep class. This preparation inspired healthy conversations and bonding between Jillian and I. I was also able to look deeper into many readings and teachings from the bible. I loved the 'his' and 'her' question and answer portions provided the most insight into how we think individually. "
Her: "It was a thorough progression to prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Brought up a lot of food for thought and discussions. I loved the time that was carved out to take the class together and the discussions that arose."
Their parish plans: "To make an effort to more fully understand the catholic teachings and solidify my faith. Getting involved with stewardship, tithing and making weekly mass a priority."
December 9th, Chris and Nica, Houston TX: "It was so refreshing to experience the love and care of another couple whom we had never met to assist us."
His: "Although we are currently separated by nearly 9,000 miles, I felt that we were presented very pertinent case studies in our faith, and also were able to role-play real-life situations that may present themselves during our marriage."
Her: "I am very impressed with how the class was structured. When we received the first assignment, we thought that moving on with the class would be a daunting task considering the length of that first one. But honestly, it wasn't, and building up the questions and the assignments the way they did all makes sense. In every new assignment we took, we realize how important the knowledge and wisdom we took from the previous assignments were, and how these are all important for us to prepare for our marriage."
Both: "The addition of the multi-step online Catholic Marriage preparation process enhanced our daily discussions with one another, and truly assisted us in our continued discussions about ourselves, our faith, and our family. In our busy day-to-day lives, it was so refreshing to experience the love and care of another couple whom we had never met to assist us in preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony."
December 10th, John and Lara, Louisiana: "This class gave me a push to work even harder with my relationship with Christ."
His: "It exceeded our expectations in helping us prepare for marriage. I appreciated the 7th session the most about forgiveness. It is hard for me to accept failure in life."
Her: "I really enjoyed the class. It gave us time to really talk and to get to know each other even more. I appreciated the 8th session most, the tools for marriage. I often struggle with expressing my feelings and the 'I-message' portion really helped. I struggle sometimes with my relationship with Christ and this class gave me a push to work even harder with my relationship with Christ."
Both: "We plan on being Eucharistic Ministers and lectors. We are now able to be much more open in sharing feeling and expressing in a productive way our concerns."
December 11th, Nathan and Abigail, Graham, TX: "I didn't think an online class would be this in depth."
His: "I was impressed because I didn't think an online class would be this in depth. I really enjoyed the feedback that our instructors provided. This was a very great learning experience.
It exceeded my expectations. I was a lot more informative and enjoyable than what I had expected. It revived my want to be closer to God. It taught me that God always has to come first no matter the situation."
Her: "It brought us closer to each other and closer to God. It has helped us pray more together and has taught us a lot. I really appreciate the feedback from our instructors. I also really enjoyed writing the love letters and overall this prep was great."
Both: "Before this we didn't have very good communication. After going through each lesson we felt our communication get better. We learned each other’s needs and learned how important it is to communicate about everything."
Nov. 30, Sean and Jana, Minnesota. “It brought us closer to each other and God.”
Him: “I enjoyed this prep course because it got us talking about the Church and the Bible. I appreciated the feedback from the instructors so we knew what we were and were not getting correct. I plan on attending church regularly with my wife and practice daily prayer.
Her: I thought this course was helpful because we were able to talk together on our viewpoints and thoughts on different things within the Church and outside the Church. Yes, It help renew my desire to get closer to the Church and God because it helped me realize that no matter how busy our lives are, we can always make time for Christ.
Both: “We enjoyed this class because it brought us closer to each other and God as a couple and has helped prepare us for our married life together! It helps us better understand each other's opinions and better understand each other.”
December, 1, James and Magda, BC, Canada. “It made me feel closer to my faith and proud to be Catholic.”
Him: “Very well put together. What I enjoyed the most were the forgiveness cards. I realized how much I value all the morale and ideals.”
Her: “It was well organized. It made me feel closer to my faith and proud to be Catholic.
I want to continue going to church and expose our children too.”
Both : ”We really liked the lesson on active listening and had opened up a very deep conversation between the two of us that we are happy we had. We really enjoyed doing this course and the feedback we received from our instructors”
December, 2, James and Brittany, Florida “The Prep did a great job of spurring communication and discussion between the two of us.”
Him: “The Prep did a great job of spurring communication and discussion between the two of us as we prepare for this journey. I learned about relationships, Christianity and how to cultivate a positive relationship with a family and the church.”
Her: It was very helpful and allowed us to discuss a lot of the issues that may come up in our life together. It was very in depth, covered a lot of different topics. The feedback was well prepared and helpful. It revived my faith by forcing me to think about deeper spiritual concepts that I haven't thought deeply about in a while.
Both:“We are looking forward to not only attending weekly mass but also getting involved in volunteer opportunities within our parish and the community. And by getting us to talk about sometimes difficult topics, it freed us up that we don't have to be afraid of talking about difficult things. Opening us to further discussion. “
December 3, Vincent and Kristen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “It made us ask each other some great questions.”
Him: “It was great! I appreciated the questions it made us ask each other and where we see ourselves headed because I got realized that while we have grown as a couple she is still very much the strong willed person I fell in love with.”
Her: I thoroughly enjoyed it. We got to sit down with each other every night and really talk. It made us ask each other some great questions. I appreciated the links the most, they made me realize some of the things I can work on as a person to become the best version of myself. I realized how important it will be to have God and the Church in our corner in our times of need.”
Both: “We’ll be continuing to go to weekly masses and donating it made us both being more open to talking about anything.”
December 4, Kevin and Kristine, Garden Grove, California: “It revived my Faith.”
His impression of the prep: “Excellent course, I believe it helped us. The overall intent of the course was most appreciated; it sat us down and had us work through questions. It revived my Faith.”
Her impression of the prep: being busy adults, this course was a tremendous help to our schedules. We worked at our own pace and the material is great. It met my expectations, the course ignited some discussions among us and I thought that it exceeded my expectation. I appreciated most the honest answers we got from each other.”
Both: “Our take away from the course was that if we have faith and good intentions living as true Christians, we'll be happier as a couple/family.”
November 16th, Josh and Amanda, Berkeley, California: - we went from engagement to betrothal -
His: "I appreciated the feedback from our instructor couple. I could tell they put a lot of thought into the responses and they did a good job clarifying the questions."
Her: “This prep was rigorous and very specific. My impression is that it is good for instilling the seriousness and sacredness of marriage; it is for couples who are willing to take the extra step of commitment towards their marriage by preparing intentionally together. It met my expectations that it would help us communicate about important issues and understand the Church's teachings together. I appreciated the in-depth connection between scripture and the questions. I also appreciated the overall rigor. Our instructors' feedback helped us to consider our answers further and prompted continued conversations."
Both: “It challenged us to go deeper on many of the issues we had already been discussing and gave us different angles of consideration; this process helped us become even more thorough in our communication and have more patience understanding each other. We are grateful that this course gave us a solid way to connect - we went from engagement to betrothal - and it helped us stay focused on preparing for our marriage when we could have gotten pulled further into just planning for the single wedding day. Many thanks!!!!"
November 17th, Josh and Melit, Louisiana. This was an amazing prep! I plan to be baptized into the Catholic Church.
His: "This was a great prep. I feel that we learned everything that we needed to as if we took this prep in person. I appreciated the Natural Family Planning assignment. I was able to learn more about the effects of contraceptives. I plan to continue attending church with Melit and doing my daily prayers. I also plan to be baptized into the Catholic Church."
Her: "This was an amazing prep. We were able to do it at our own pace and we are well informed about everything. This course revived my desired to get closer to God because I know he is important in my life. Without him, I am nothing. It's important to have a strong relationship with Him before anything else."
Both: "The course improved our communication because we were able to sit together for a few hours and talk about the questions. It's important for us to take a step back and take a breath before letting our emotions get to the best of us. It is also important to actively listen to one another instead of listening to only respond."
November 18th, Kyle and Jill, Kansas. "It is a fantastic tool that brings couples closer together and also learn God's plan for them."
His: "I believe every couple needs to do it because it really opens your eyes as a couple and you learn so much about your future partner!
It ignited me to want to get closer to God. I have never been a regular church goer but now I feel the need and importance to. It made me realize that everything in this world is part of his creation."
Her: “It is a fantastic tool that brings couples closer together and also learn God's plan for them. From day one, we have been learning exactly what God's plan is for us and we couldn't be happier.
It helped us reach a deeper level with each other. We had never talked about our deepest thoughts about religion so it was a great experience. I liked the side activities such as the love letters because it was fun to do and they were full of love that made us both very happy. "
Both: “It allowed us to open up to one another and really get to a new level of connectivity. This class has helped us grow closer to each other.
November 19th, Kris and Jessy, Springfield, Illinois. "I appreciated the pieces on Theology of the Body. We are pumped to make our marriage our mission."
His: "I liked the chastity, contraceptive and forgiveness modules the most. They seemed more practical in my life at the current moment.
We have both been an active parishioner at my current parish, however, with marriage comes a move to a new state, new parish and a wealth of new experiences. So I'm excited to integrate into a new parish system and the nice this is that Jessy already has, which should make it a lot easier for me.''
Her: "I appreciated the pieces on Theology of the Body and the importance of NFP. The use of contraceptives and the lack of commitment (for anything!) cause the breakdown of marriages in our society. So this was awesome for us to be reaffirmed in the beauty of happy, healthy, committed, and sacrificial intimacy. I have been drawn to my relationship with Jesus for most of my life, but in my own way. Now, the Lord has invited me into an even deeper understanding of His love for me. I am so excited to love and be loved by Christ through the relationship with my spouse, as we are mirrors of Jesus to one another.''
Both: "We are pumped to make our marriage our mission, to see how the fruits of our covenant can bear fruit for the world. We are going to live out our Catholic faith together through the celebration of the sacraments, especially Sunday Mass, pray together, reach out to our mentor couples for ways to grow and to learn how to keep pursuing each other. we have learned that we can love one another better by learning the needs of each other."
November 20th, Romano and Halona, Bronx, NY "It made me take a look at having God more in our life."
His: “I appreciated that it made us think about our relationship more in depth. The questions that were asked made us think and talk and communicate about it. Especially the discussion part.
It made me take a look at more at having God our life as man and wife and to be more involved."
Her: "I feel that it was very informative and helpful for me to better understand the Catholic religion. I enjoyed it. I feel better prepared to be married because this prep has made us think and work together. Yes it met our expectations and more. I am going to complete my RCIA classes by next March and become a member of the church, I may one day sing during Mass, I may help out with church events and begin giving tithes."
Both: “It improved our communication because my fiancee realized she was avoiding conversations and now we are able to do better with the exercises completed in this prep. It made us realize what we need to improve on like better communication and budgeting."
November 2nd, Kevin and Allysha, Michigan "I would highly recommend it to future couples."
His: "I think this was a great course to prepare our marriage for many topics that will come up in our daily lives and to better our knowledge with Christ. It touched on so many levels of things that I think we take for granted and don't necessarily know about our faith and really goes in depth. There were many things we had questions on and the links answered many of our questions and further our knowledge with the Catholic faith."
Her: "My overall impression of this prep is that I would highly recommend it to future couples. I think the prep does a great job at challenging you to talk about certain religious topics that may be hard to talk about or aren't a topic of everyday conversation.
What I appreciated most was pry the length of the course and how in depth it was. We have talked to many people who have went to a prep class on a Saturday for a few hours and said just do that and get it over with. In my eyes you should not have that attitude about preparing your life for marriage and this prep option really touches base on good topics to discuss with each other."
Both: "It definitely improved our communication. We have known each other for many years and the topics we talked about in this course are not everyday conversations for us so it was nice to talk to each other about them and I think we learned a lot not only from the course but from each other."
November 3rd, Chris and Heather, Lafayette, Louisiana "Thorough, spiritual, enlightening."
His:"Thorough, spiritual, enlightening. Reaffirmed the need for prayer and communication, I plan on going to Mass and Reconciliation."
Her: "Gave new insight to many teachings of the Catholic Church. It reminded me that I need to trust and respect Him."
Both: "We had many hours of deep conversation while going through this process. Thank you for your guidance, advice, and work to make our marriage be what God intended."
November 4th, Jason and Maria, Florida “We look forward to attending Mass together.”
His:"This course allowed us to be able to predict some possible future problems and how to properly deal with them and to ensure Christ stays at the center of our relationship.
I liked that this could be easily done on the Internet together since we are both in different countries. I am already a religious person but its always nice to get some new motivation from a new source."
Her: "This course helped to bring us both together in a religious way. We will go to church together and worship."
Both: "We look forward to attending Mass together to allow Christs love to always be in our relationship.
This was the first time that we really explored Christ in our relationship. This was a good beginning."
November 5th, Sam and Dela, Accra, Ghana "I didn't expect it to be as engaging as it proved to be"
His:"I was really pleased with the content and the support of our Instructor Couple. The mixture of audio, text and video I thought were great aids in helping us understand more.
I'd say it exceeded my expectations, as I didn't expect it to be as engaging as it proved to be. I would say it revived my Faith; it’s a great refresher on areas you think you had fully understood.
Her: "I appreciated how the additional info provided by our instructors supplemented our answers, they were great, as it provided additional context to ensure we understood the area/topic in question. I plan to give more of my time to actively help with organizing and supporting initiatives coming from the parish.
Both: "The fact that we had to work on this together helped to get us closer, particular with putting us on one page with our understanding on the teachings of Christ and the church.
November 6th, Michael and Andrea,Kansas City, Kansas. "The responses provided were fantastic"
His:"I thought it was very helpful and useful for us in starting conversation. We have kept the answer keys and will likely go back to them as challenges present themselves in our lives.
I appreciated mainly the real life applicability of the course. It reminded me that the Catholic faith is adaptable to the changing times and is not "outdated." The teachings in the bible are just as applicable today as they were when it was written - amazing."
Her: "The responses provided were fantastic - the responses we received really made the course worthwhile as it provided more real life examples and applications of the catholic faith.
I was hesitant about how much I would learn from this class, but thought it was really great. I expected this class to be more focused on younger people, but found the class to be very applicable to all ages. We were unable to do this course in person, but I am happy we did this because we were more comfortable with just one couple rather than being in a group. I appreciated the couple taking the time to really look at our answers and provide valuable feedback and suggestions."
Both: "Once we find our "forever" parish (we are getting ready to move and may not be in the same parish), I would like to start attending various church functions beyond mass so that I can grow in the community. It gave us topics to talk about and provided a framework for some very important discussions."
October 26th, Casey and Nicole, San Francisco, CA "Gave us time to work with each other as a couple"
His:"The online class was informative and very helpful in understanding the true meaning of marriage. The class actually exceeded my expectations for an online class as it was very well written and thought through."
Her: "This online class was great in the fact that the process was straight forward and gave us time to work with each other as a couple. The program provided all the information I was looking for when going into our marriage and the counselors gave us great feedback."
Both: "We plan on raising our children in a domestic church and praying throughout the day it will bring us closer to God. Also, we plan to very active in our church community."
October 27th, Andrew and Brooke, Spokane, Washington "The answer keys were wonderful and tailored to us"
His: "It was very insightful, I appreciated the most the ease of the program and the insights it provided. I plan to go to Mass and bring my children to Mass."
Her: "I enjoyed our instructors' responses the most. The answer keys were wonderful and tailored to us. This course helped me to remember how important my faith is in my life and in any life I choose to share with anyone. Modern society often shuns people who put Christ first in their life and in their relationship... And this course helped me to remember that we, as faithful Christians, must keep strong to our faiths and beliefs even when the outside world is laughing or criticizing us."
Both: "It was eye opening to do this long-distance "together" and really showed us a lot about ourselves."
October 28th, Matt and Kalea, Buena Vista, CO "Taught me more than I could have imagined during this prep"
His:"Very thorough and well thought out. It is difficult to find the level and scale of detail in real life. Very well done for an online course. This course exceeded my expectations and taught me more than I could have imagined during this prep. The prep has always been a requirement for me/us, but the depth has revitalized some portions of my faith that had become stale."
Her: "I highly enjoyed the course. It was a great Catholic marriage prep and really tied in the Catholic faith into marriage in ways that I had not previously been introduced to. Having another couple to guide and mentor us was beneficial and allowed a more personal experience."
Both: "It did improve our connection by helping us communicate more and learn more about each other and about our faith and our God. By deepening and strengthening our relationship with God, our relationship with each other is stronger. We also have a more clear idea of what Holy Matrimony is meant to be."
October 29th, Patrick and Gloria, Colorado Springs, CO "Learned new Listening skills." (Civilly married 5 children, one spouse entering the Catholic Church.)
His: "I can see why this would help a vast number of couples. We have relearned a lot of things, I have new listening skills now.
I am thankful you kept giving us the time we needed to complete this course. I have always wanted to be a Knight of Columbus.
Her: "I am happy this is available to engaged couples. This course was well put together and now I can complete my sacraments.
Both: "We plan on attending mass two or more times a week and bring my family up in God's path.
October 30th, Alexander and Arianna, Lakewood, CO "Enjoyed NFP and "Green Sex"!
His: "It was good information and taught us a lot of things that we didn't know. I enjoyed most NFP and the Green Sex. It was the most informative and taught us a lot of things that we plan to use throughout our marriage. I also enjoyed the Relationship tools worksheet."
Her: "It was very informative and I really enjoyed looking deeper into the Word of God and what it all means, especially in the sacrament of marriage. I really enjoyed the audio video Green Sex. It was taught us a lot of things that we never knew and even kind of upset us. It definitely helped us make some decisions as to how we are going to view and have intercourse in our married life."
Both: "We are going to join the next Bible study group in order to become closer to God through the understanding of his Word.
It improved our communication by helping us to open up about our faith a little more and be comfortable talking about our intentions for our married and family life.
We really enjoyed this process and the depth that it took us into the Bible. Thank you for helping us learn and understand better through the Word of God and even through your own life experiences! We appreciates your time and honesty, it was great working with our instructors!"
October 19th, Wilbur and Jennifer, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: We have learned to put more time in prayer as a couple.
His: “I feel it was a great learning curve. We got a better understanding of what is a marriage, How to go about Natural Family Planning, The importance of forgiveness in a marriage. It has been very helpful in helping us prepare for this Sacrament. We are overwhelmed with the feedback provided after every assignment. It covered what we missed."
Her: "We would both like to thank our instructors in helping us prepare for this course. Their feedback after every course has been very insightful and has helped me learn more about each topic. The NFP section was also very interesting. I plan to participate actively in church activities."
Both: “It helped us communicate better. The topic on listening also helped us understand each other. We also have learned to put more time in prayer as a couple.
We appreciate the time and effort Karen and Deano have put in during our journey. We know we did take a lot of time but are ever grateful for their experiences and hope to continue from here on. Thank you once more for guiding us through this course."
October 20th, Daniel and Fiorella, Venice, Florida: Motivated us to discuss things we were avoiding
His: "I was very impressed and enlightened. I was raised religious but not Catholic, this course was great to motivate us to discuss things and ideas that we either did not think about addressing or were avoiding talking about until a later date. I am happy we discussed these topics and the guidance that was provided."
Her: "This class inspired me a lot. I'm Catholic, but this course helped me to learn so many things about different topics that I didn't know before. I really like that we were able to share our opinions, ideas and feelings about them. I was very happy to know that our instructors are from Peru. I'm Peruvian also. They helped us a lot during this class. Thank you so much."
Both: "It showed us that we both are open to each other's feelings without judgment or animosity. We can have a serious discussion and respect each other enough to accept our views."
October 21st, Eric and Linda, Springfield, Missouri: A starting point to communicate on a deeper level together.
His: "It was nice because not only did I gain a better understanding of Catholic traditions but this class gave me a great understanding of things to prepare for in our future together! Thank you so much to our instructors for taking us under your wings. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was very fun!
Her: "The class was very helpful to bring up topics we wouldn't normally discuss. It was refreshing and very informative. I enjoyed the prep and our instructors were very nice and always provided amazing feedback! The prep met and exceeded my expectations.
Both: "We plan on being part of the Vietnamese Church Community in Springfield. We plan on hosting prayers in our own home. The course allowed us to talk about our future more than we would normally. Bringing conversations that might be a bit awkward to talk about but allowed us a starting point to communicate on a deeper level together."
October 22, Tim and Lora, Metairie, LA: I felt like some of the items were basically talking to me.
His: "Very thorough - I enjoyed the opportunity to openly discuss my faith with my wife. Although we pray together and go to church together, we had the opportunity here to discuss many things that we may not have otherwise. I plan on attending church every day with my family and having time to pray and talk to Christ by myself."
Her: "I think it was an eye opener for a lot of items. Our teachers for our course were extremely helpful and educational. Truth is I was extremely surprised at how well this course is made. I grew closer to Christ by what I learned throughout the course. I felt like some of the items were basically talking to me."
Both: "This course allowed us to work together and allowed us to work at our own pace."
October 23rd, Armando and Crystal, Colorado Springs, CO: I want to help with youth so they won't feel as lost as I was growing up.
His:"It was great once we made the time. It was more than my expectations. I appreciated everything. Made me feel even more confident with being a Catholic."
Her: "It was great, I learned so much and I felt like the couple was very patient with us. I didn't know what to expect it was awesome. I want to help with youth so they won't feel as lost as I was growing up."
Both: " Made us make time to sit with each other and discuss us, a reminder to us no matter how busy life gets we need those one on one moments. We saved everything."
October 5th, Nick and Jamy, Minnesota: Reminding us of the true purpose of our lives and marriage
His: "Very good. It really drove deep discussions. It strengthened my faith by reminding us of the true purpose of our lives and marriage.
Her: "I appreciated especially the guidance we received from our mentor couple. They were very open, and provided such thoughtful responses.
I want to join the same parish, attend mass together, and get to know others in the parish."
Both: "We can't say enough good things about our mentor couple, Karen and Deano Gonzales. Wow, the responses they shared, including their own personal experiences, really made us excited about married life. God's message and marriage purpose shined through them."
October 6th, Salvatore and Angela, San Francisco, CA: I want to help in Parish events and fundraisers, go to mass, confession.
His:"Great, I appreciated the easiness of the course, it made me appreciate my faith. I want to go to mass and teach catechesis in my parish."
Her: "User friendly, awesome teachers. Made me excited to begin this new chapter! I want to help in Parish events and fundraisers, go to mass, confession."
Both: "We loved the links. It helped us to be more open and to share our ideas together."
October 7th, Samuel and Florence, SC: I didn't expect it to be this thorough. It was very personal.
His:"It was just what we needed. I could not attend a traditional marriage prep class due to my hectic work schedule and also we had a cross-country move. Although it was all online it was very informative as our instructors drew from their own life and theology. I appreciated that this course was tailored to fit us. I didn't expect it to be this thorough. It was very personal.The thing that really stuck with me is actually the story of Adam and Eve and how it can still apply to modern day times."
Her: "I found this class very insightful, and as just as informative, if not more than if we were in a traditional classroom setting. Also our instructors responded to our homework right away and answered any of our questions in a timely manner."
Both: "We pray that we will continue to grow as a couple and also as a couple with Christ. That he will guide us and protect us."
October 8th, Jayme and Lindsay, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: It exceeded my expectations.
His:"I felt good about this prep. It brought up things in our relationship that we need to continue to work on in the future."
Her: "I enjoyed doing this marriage prep. It taught us a few things about our relationship and helped bring up important topics that we were able to discuss. It exceeded my expectations."
Both: ''It helped us appreciate each others opinions on several important marriage topics. We were patient with each other and completed the marriage prep as a team by communicating. We truly enjoyed answering all the questions and learning more about ourselves and about you two as well! Thank you so much!"
October 9th, Juwen and Catherine, Atlanta, Georgia: Straight forward course
His: "I am a new believer and am still learning/refining my skills in the church therefore this course allowed me to acquire yet another skill set. I want to do more reading of the Scripture, help as a Eucharistic Minister, and possibly choir."
Her: "Straight forward course which allowed us to reflect on our journey to marriage. I appreciated the ability to log on and work through the worksheets as our schedule allowed.
Both: "It allowed us to discuss topics that we have not explored outside of this course such as family planning and life expectations. We want to abstain until our wedding and practice NFP in our married life."
September 28th, Stephen and Anna, Eparchy of St Maron, Brooklyn: This course has given me "new eyes" to view and shape that faith.
His: "I was intrigued by the depth of this program! I went to Catholic school all my life, and thought that I knew everything about marriage; how wrong I was! The feedback and support that we received from our counselors was nothing short of amazing! It went beyond my expectations. It gave me valued insight into the way Jesus wants me to view my marriage, and to conduct my life moving forward. I believe that my faith is stronger than most; however, this course has given me "new eyes" to view and shape that faith."
Her: "This prep gave me new insights rooted in Scripture and the Humanae Vitae. This prep has encouraged me to be more cognizant of the way Jesus wants me to live. I appreciated doing the assignments with Stephen because it was extra time together. This course revived my faith because I remember how much I enjoyed Bible study at a young age."
Both: "It gave us time to debate the issues and question put forth through the exercises and material, as presented. We believe that it has given us a chance to receive and understand what God wants from our marriage. You have been excellent!! Thank you very much for guiding us along the way."
September 29th: John and Maria, USS Ronald Reagan: When you discover the truths on your own, it imprints it in your mind much better.
His:"What I appreciated most was learning about the history of marriage, and why the Catholic church has such strict views on what constitutes a legal marriage. Reading the Bible, and then analyzing it on our own, really helped me to come to my own conclusions (which coincided with how the Church thinks). This was better that just being told the answer, and having to press an 'I Believe' button. When you discover the truths on your own, it imprints it in your mind much better. I also appreciated the opportunity to study the scripture with Maria, and for a meaningful purpose. Talking about these things with her, really helped start some good discussions between the two of us. Being reminded that our marriage is rooted in the church, helped me realize that in order to keep a marriage strong, you should include the church. I was reminded that we are not alone in our journey through life, and so we should seek help whenever possible. Just knowing that God has a plan for us (as evidenced by Him bringing the two of us together), reminded me to keep Him in our life, since good things will come of it.
I didn't really know what to expect. I originally thought it would be more like the 'Christian Dating Game' where we discussed how Christ would be in our lives. Learning about the history of marriage was very interesting, and gave me a new perspective on marriage. I do feel like I am better prepared for marriage. Also, being a non-Catholic, I learned a lot about how to have a proper Catholic marriage."
Her: "What I appreciated most was the ability to be able to do this course online, since John will have been on deployment for almost our entire engagement by the time we are married. It did bring up some questions that we may not have addressed right away, and gave us something to do together from a distance. I learned some things about John in the way he answered these questions that I would not have noticed otherwise. Although we had already committed to living our marriage as a Catholic sacrament, it was nice to go into some of the details here that I might take for granted but are new for John. I realize that there are a lot of things that I believe and practice as a Catholic that I don't necessarily understand to the extent that I should as an adult, or at least well enough to explain, and I think this is a good springboard for searching for those answers so that I can share my beliefs with John.”
September 30th, Eric and Stephanie, NY: Didn't "mince words" around the teachings of the church, but instead provided a rich background for understanding why those teachings are what they are
His: "I liked the course a lot. I felt that it was very insightful and didn't "mince words" around the teachings of the church, but instead provided a rich background for understanding why those teachings are what they are. I wish there was more of that from the pulpit. It actually exceeded my expectations. The instructors' responses in the answer keys were very thorough and were great to read."
Her: "I really enjoyed how it sparked new conversations between Eric and I. I thought it touched on important topics and helped me to learn new things. I appreciated having great instructors. They were very knowledgeable in their faith and had the life experiences to help reinforce the lessons being taught. They told us personal stories in their relationship which was also very helpful."
Both: "The modules brought up some topics that we had not discussed before, and it allowed us to discuss them in a thoughtful and prayerful way, and in a scenario that was naturally without conflict (since we weren't in the midst of encountering the scenarios we were discussing).
Thank you so much for allowing us to participate in our pre Cana class through this method and with such an enriching program."
October 1st, Ken and Nyomi, CA: Appreciated the one-on-one interaction and personalized feedback from our instructors
His: "I found the more controversial issues like pre-marital relations and natural family planning very interesting as it made me think about them in a different and more focused light. I appreciated that part of the prep as it was an area I had not previously thought much about."
Her: "It was very thorough and all of the information included was very relevant. I liked that the information was presented in a variety of formats, i.e. video, text, audio. I also appreciated the one-on-one interaction and personalized feedback from our instructors, Debbie & Joe."
Both: "It prompted us to talk about difficult issues and voice our opinions on various topics that we would not have discussed otherwise. The structure of the course provided a "safe space" for us to express our feelings and acknowledge each other's views and concerns. Over the length of the course, we really opened up to each other about our past, and talked about our hopes for the future. The portion on listening and communication was especially helpful because it gave us methods we can use in the future to maintain healthy communication."
October 2nd, Kevin and Elizabeth, TX: A great job of emphasizing the special bonding that takes place during the sexual act.
His:"Great class. I love how it covered an amazing span of topics (Genesis to NFP to finances). I like how some topics asked for a 'his' and 'her' response."
Her: "Yes, talking about Christ with Kevin helped me understand the importance and the connection of marriage with the Catholic Church. It re affirms my relationship with Christ and our plans as a future married couple."
Both: "This class did a great job of emphasizing the special bonding that takes place during the sexual act. This bonding and joy of bringing children into the world is something we very much look forward too, and we don't want to ruin it! Aside from simply respecting God's laws, we also recognize the health concerns for my wife and the negative societal (and government) impacts that can come from promoting contraception over NFP."
September 21st, Anthony and Jennifer, Ohio: We got a better understanding of how each other think
His:"This preparation was very helpful. All of the feedback from our instructors was helpful and really opened our communication and caused discussions about marriage that we otherwise would not have had. There was a lot that I didn't know so I greatly appreciate the wealth of knowledge that the course provided as well as the feedback that the instructors gave us. It really reminded of me of God's grace and mercy for us and also reminded me how important it is to go to mass every week."
Her: "The wedding preparation was very insightful. It really made us concentrate on what marriage is all about and how big of a role God has in our marriage. We are very thankful to have gone through this preparation. I appreciate the support and focus that we received specific to our relationship and all of the information that was given to us about marriage and our relationship with God."
Both: "This really allowed us to open up and discuss some of the most difficult things!! It allowed us to understand how each other were feeling and get a better understanding of how each other think. We learned how important it is to communicate everyday with how we are feeling. We couldn't be more thankful to have such great instructors and we really appreciate all of the information that was given to us."
September 22nd, Sammy and Karina, CA: I was able to open up to my wife a little more
His:“I like how we were able to write our love letters, it is a great tool for us to go by when we get into an argument. We got great tips on how to build a stronger relationship. I enjoyed most the Love letters. I was able to open up to my wife a little more. Good guide for our wedding vows."
Her: "Made me realize how much more God loves us. Answered a lot of my personal questions and made me dig deep. I enjoyed the talks about God with my husband and how we both have our own views in religion. Interesting to learn more about Sammy. I enjoyed the NFP. That's something I never considered or knew existed."
Both: "We are interested in learning more. This course leads us to want to know more. We are looking forward to going to mass more often. We registered to retake some communion and confirmation classes. Next step is to go to a marriage retreat."
September 23, Cory and Victoria, CO: Made my love even stronger for my future spouse
His: "It was very educational, and prepared me for what is to come with marriage and ways to handle situation in a marriage. I appreciated a lot the teaching of how to treat your spouse and your children, and how to prioritize your life and your marriage."
Her: " I thought that it taught me a lot about what is to come with marriage and it just reminded me that I don't have to worry about anything because no matter what God will help me get through it. I was touched by the teaching on how to I love your spouse the way God loves you because it has made me see things from a better perspective. Which has made my love even stronger for my future spouse It was more than I expected."
Both: "We want to go to Church together once a week, pray together every day."
September 24th, Dominic and Bethany, Michigan: Gave us a lot of great talking points and conversation starters
His:"I found this very helpful because it touched on points that I never really thought of and helped us start conversations we may have never even touched on before. I like how wide spread this was and how it changed topics on every chapter. I appreciated the different angles it took on questions and the helpful insight on things we didn't necessarily answer correctly."
Her: "I think this prep class was very well organized and the questions brought out a lot of necessary discussion that are crucial to figure out during engagement. I appreciated the well thought out answers from our instructors. They really took the time to read our responses and give personalized feedback that was useful. This class was able to teach me to learn more about the sacrament I am about to make and how to connect it to Catholicism and the importance of living a marriage for Christ. It brought understanding and motivation to both of us."
Both: "It improved our communication by providing tips to be better in our answer keys and gave us a lot of great talking points and conversation starters for topics we would not have thought to discuss beforehand. We were very impressed with this course and appreciate all the time that was put into giving us this opportunity. Thank you!"
September 25th, Eugene and Connie, SC: My fiancé learned more about Catholicism in any one of these lessons than he did in 6 weeks of RCIA
His: "It introduced me to what the Catholics believe about marriage. I appreciated the opportunity to have discussions with Connie about the different topics brought up. It gave me a chance to learn more.
Her: "I think my fiance learned more about Catholicism in any one of these lessons than he did in 6 weeks of RCIA at our parish last year.
Our parish priest hadn't had a couple go through the online course before, so he couldn't tell us what to expect. We are his test subjects.
Both: "This wasn't a fluff course. You taught about the original plan for marriage, sin, Christ's restoration of marriage, Theology of the Body, and the three goods of marriage. You had us listen to Janet Smith's "Contraception, Why Not!" talk, which is fabulous, as well as her talk on forming one's conscience, which is one I hadn't heard yet but loved. You explained clearly the difference between a valid sacramental marriage and a valid natural marriage."
September 14th, Seun and Njide, Nigeria: "Able to discuss serious issues"
His: "prior to the counseling I was semi active in the church now I’m more active in the church and I‘m now attending catechism classes."
Her: “I appreciated the fact that my fiance decided to be catholic."
Both: "It was great and enlightening. We appreciated the fact that we were able to discuss serious issues."
September 15th, Juan and Amber, NM: "It made for great talks"
His :"It was put together very well. It was easy to follow and access guides. It did bring up great opinions. I enjoyed very much the discussions that it created. It made for great talks. The desire was there it helped me refocus on the church."
Her: “It was very good. I was able to discuss things about our marriage that may have not have been discussed otherwise. It was a great class and we had great sponsors. I want to help out with parents’ events at the parish."
Both: "It opened up discussions that had meaning to them. It allowed us to freely talk about situations and how we would handle them if they arise. It was great to have positive feedback from our coaches. They had great comments."
September 16th, Rven and Rowena, AL: "We could give our honest opinion and not be judged"
His:"I think we have a greater understanding of our religion with explanations behind it. When I was growing up, I was discouraged to ask "Why" and always had to just accept whatever I was told. In this case, I felt more comfortable to ask why, but I liked how I was given the information/tools to find the answers for myself."
Her: I feel it surpassed my expectations because there were also practical aspects of it like communication which is a big component. It felt like we were truly growing as we went through the course and I felt I was accepted even though I was still in the learning process. Also, I think it just created more dialogue between the two us that would never have occurred for us either because the thought never crossed our minds or a sensitive topic.
Both: "We appreciated very much the mentors' honest opinion. We appreciated that they shared the Church's view, their view, and still acknowledged our opinion. We felt we could give our honest opinion and not be judged."
September 17th, Evan and Ariel, Ohio: "It caused fights and forgiveness, deep thoughts and feelings but in the end we are now communicating better."
His:"I really had to open my mind on some topics. Definitely made me challenge parts of my faith. It made me more confident in my future with my spouse."
Her: “It initiated interesting conversations, ones we have never had. Yes, it went above and beyond my expectations. Our instructors were sweet and detailed.
Both: "It caused fights and forgiveness, deep thoughts and feelings but in the end we are now communicating better."
Thank you to our wonderful instructors for their time and insight! We are actively joining a new parish upon arriving home from honeymoon."
September 18th, Peter and Kelly, Wisconsin: "Learning things about Catholicism that I never knew before."
His: "I'm Lutheran by practice, so it's very interesting to dive into a different form of Christianity that my soon-to-be wife was raised around. What I appreciated the most was learning things about Catholicism that I never knew before."
Her: "Making sure we have an understanding of what marriage really means according to the Catholic faith. It definitely taught me a lot. There was a lot I didn't know about the Catholic faith. And I learned a lot about contraception and the effect it's really had on society. I am looking much more forward to raising our children under the catholic faith. I'm excited about a lot of the morals Catholicism instills in young people to help them grow into good people.'
Both: "We've never really "talked religion" before. We were both baptized and confirmed, but aren't avidly practicing our religion. It allows us to see a new perspective on something. We definitely need to make more time for activity within the church."
Sept. 7th, Al and Mary, Philadelphia, PA: "Marriage: a big spiritual step"
His: "Great preparation for marriage. Lots of information.
It made me realize that marriage is as big spiritual step as it is mentally and physically and that we can grow and become closer to God together and later on as a family.
Her: "Great course. It really helped us realize how important of a step this is spiritually. Definitely was above our expectations. It definitely ignited my desire to grow my faith along with Al's together in marriage.
Both: "We alternated reading the key links and explained and reviewed them to each other together.
September 8th Chris and Claire, Sacramento, CA "Learned a lot!"
His: "I have learned a lot about the Catholic religion, have learned a lot about Claire and my relationship, and have learned about what can be done to improve our relationship once married. The course was very challenging as I expected it to be."
Her: "I was forced to express my feelings and made to realize how I feel about a lot of things. The prep did teach me a lot about myself and the Catholic religion. The course was very informative and I knew that there would be a lot of things that I did not know about."
Both: "As the course went on, we became more and more interested in reading everything that the answer keys had to offer."
September 9th, Chris and Erika, Georgia "Liked the feedback"
His: "The preparation was that was very thorough and informative. Gordon and Mary really took the time to respond to our specific needs and understood our needs as a couple. They shared some great advice that we currently use and in the future. It is very difficult to relate to the military experience unless you have lived it first-hand. There are different expectations and stresses resident in our relationships that others cannot understand. It was refreshing to read their advice from a couple that understands the challenges we face in our daily lives."
Her: "It definitely covered everything with a lot of detail. The answer keys were nice to get back with the extra explanations and other ways to view the same question."
Both:"We liked the feedback and that it sparked a few conversations we had never had."
September 10, James and Louise, Ireland "The true meaning of marriage"
His: "It was brilliant and insightful. It totally met my expectations.
The feedback was so detailed. It made me realise the true meaning of marriage."
Her: "I enjoyed how close it made us feel. It was more than I expected. What I appreciated most was getting to do the assignments together and talking things through. It reminded me that God is the reason for all our happiness."
Both: "We plan to go to mass and getting involved in the parish. It made us really thing about communicating more and how to have a healthy marriage."
September 11th, Alexander and Gabriela, Edmonton, Canada "It made us think outside the box"
His: "I liked the discussions this prep created. It was way better than I expected. I appreciated the discussion topics, because it forced Gaby and I to talk about topics we normally wouldn't talk about. I always feel close to God but this prep really made me feel closer with him and love God more."
Her: "I really enjoy marriage prep. It made us think outside the box and really tested our relationship at time. Yes, it met my expectations. I didn't think it was going to go into some of the deep topics but it did and it was great! I appreciated the tips Darci and Tom gave us. Sometimes our answers didn't have all of them and they let us know things we missed which really helped. I enjoy the subject on how to avoid as much arguments as possible. I think this prep really made our relationship better now and will in our future. I'm so glad we did it."