In the Catholic Church marriage is a sacrament. A sacrament is an encounter with God; the sacrament of marriage is God's encounter with you, the couple, and the celebration of God's presence in the midst of the assembly -- the family and friends who have come to celebrate with you.Sacraments are never private affairs; they are public celebrations of the love of God for his people. The sacrament of marriage is not just the union of two people; it is also a reverencing of the Christian life, that is, of what it means to follow Jesus Christ.
- p. 6 (from "When Love is Found" by Jeanne Cotter and David Haas, pp. 2-3)
We ask you to reflect on the following questions in order to help you prepare yourselves better for this most important day of your life. Try to answer them together honestly.
The Church cherishes this vocation of marriage and therefore wants to protect it by helping the couple prepare for it the best way possible.
A period of preparation for marriage is intended to help couples:
Couples who are to be married in the Diocese of Prince Albert are obliged to take part in a process of marriage preparation (Engaged Encounter weekend, Marriage Preparation program, pre-marriage inventory and counselling
resources such as "Enrich", or prescribed reading, videos, question-and-answer workbooks to be discussed with their pastor.
There should be preferably four months of preparation prior to the marriage following the initial contact with the parish priest or the person delegated to perform marriages in that parish. These activities are offered to the couples as tools to help them understand each other more fully, to develop richer communication between them and to give the couple a clearer understanding of the meaning of Christian marriage. (p. 7)