This course helped me to approach Church teachings in a way I never did before

May 8th Thomas and Patricia- Denver,CO “It addressed many important topics for a couple preparing to enter into the sacrament.”

Him:Thinking about our future marriage and raising children to know, love, and serve God certainly encouraged and fueled my desire to be a man of God within the Vocation of marriage.
Her: I am grateful that it exists. For us, it has allowed us to attend a marriage prep that is compatible with our time-frame. It's helpful to get feedback from [our instructors] and to know that they are real people. The topics that we discussed were helpful in calling to mind what we are about to do as we enter into this beautiful sacrament.  I am looking forward to starting a lifelong covenant with Thomas and being open to whatever the Lord gives us.
Both: It brought up topics for intentional discussion. 

May 9th Matthew and Marie- Buffalo, NY “I have delved deeper into my faith over the timeframe of this course than I had in a number of years.”

Him: The prep was excellent! Between the questions, my conversations with Marie, and the feedback we received from [our instructors], I am better prepared for marriage to Marie and in the Church. The questions and feedback made me reconsider notions I had regarding various issues, but I feel stronger and wiser for having gone through the course.
Her: I was very impressed and grateful to have been prompted to do this course.  While I knew it would be informative, I had not anticipated it to be so comprehensive.  The course encouraged Matthew and I to look deeper into ourselves as individuals, as well as with our relationship to each other.  All in all, it has been a wonderful experience, and I consider Matthew and I blessed to have Debbie and Joe as our counselors for the course.
Both: I was very impressed and grateful to have been prompted to do this course.  While I knew it would be informative, I had not anticipated it to be so comprehensive.  The course encouraged Matthew and I to look deeper into ourselves as individuals, as well as with our relationship to each other.  All in all, it has been a wonderful experience, and I consider Matthew and I blessed to have Debbie and Joe as our counselors for the course.

May 10th Adam and Jieun – San Francisco, CA “This course helped me to approach Church teachings in a way I never did before”

Him: It was great to gain a deeper understanding of the sacrament - honestly, we are kind of in a time crunch so we approached this course with a sort of "let's get it done" attitude. Regardless, it was very enlightening to learn more about just why the Catholic Church teaches the things it does about marriage and about how those teachings can enrich our married life together.
Her: I think this prep was really great. It was good to feel close to Jesus together. It's great to talk about how we can include Christ in our marriage and I'm looking forward to receiving the sacrament of marriage!
Both: Although we are both faithful Catholics and we attend Mass together regularly, we never really opened up to each other about our faith. This course and other marriage preparation we have done have really increased our ability and comfortability in communicating about our faith.

May 11th Aidan and Sarah- New York, NY “I was pleasantly surprised at how in depth the lessons went”

Him: I feel like it was thorough and thought provoking. It was great to sit and talk with Sarah about each lesson, and I definitely feel even closer to her. It was also a great reference for married life in the future. I greatly appreciate the way it allowed Sarah and I to sit down and discuss all the different aspects of marriage, and our future together. We've done a great deal of this, but the lessons were more focused and provided more depth on each topic. It's the part I most appreciate because it's given me a kind of peace going forward and we're now closer than ever.
Her: I was surprised to have learned so much! Being a cradle Catholic, I expected this to be somewhat of a review but there were many learning moments for us both. Like Aidan said, we had a lot of great conversations about the lessons and how we're going to implement them in our marriage.
Both:Aidan and I have talked broadly about the topics brought up in the course throughout our engagement, but have only recently made concrete plans about how to keep Christ at the center of our marriage. These conversations may have remained abstract and without clear direction without this course.

May 12th Geoffrey and Sarah- Boston, MA “I think this had helped us to start our marriage and grow together as one within the Catholic Church.”

Him: A lot of it was very reminiscent of any Sunday school or Church teaching, but I was happy that a majority of it focused on how to keep a Christian relationship strong, and the tools to both foster that environment, or to get it back on track if it strays. It definitely led to good conversations between Sarah and I as well. I loved having personalized feedback as well.
Her: I enjoyed this prep experience.  It started many discussions between Geoff and I that were important and helpful topics for us to talk about.
Both: Communication has always been a huge focus for us, but this course gave us additional tools to ensure we continue to be successful with that. We appreciated the engaging conversations sparked by the course, as well as examples of how that communication can break down over time, and how to correct it.

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