Marriage Preparation

Step 1: Meet with your Pastor/Parish Delegate

When: Before setting a wedding date

Engaged couples should contact Jennifer Blackstad at jenn@olmctempe.com or 480-967-8791 ext. 220 to discuss the wedding process and set up a meeting to begin the marriage preparation process.

Step 2: Marriage Preparation Inventory

When: 8-9 months before the wedding

OLMC uses a Marriage Preparation Inventory is called FOCCUS. There is a $20 fee for the FOCCUS Assessment. Please note: a wedding date cannot be set until this step is completed.

Step 3: Married Life Skills Training

When: 7-8 months before the wedding

Parish Course – OLMC offers a program entitled Unitas, which meets for 7 consecutive Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm at OLMC. The Unitas program is offered twice a year.

Step 4: God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

When: 6-8 months before the wedding

Registration available online at phxmarriageprep.org/gods-plan-for-a-joy-filled-marriage-seminar ($85).

Step 5: Natural Family Planning Instruction

When: 4-6 months before the wedding

Please visit the Office of NFP at phxmarriageprep.org/nfp-natural-family-planning ($100).

Step 6: Sacrament of Reconciliation

When: Before the wedding, as necessary

Step 7: Final Meeting with your Pastor

When: 4-6 weeks before the wedding

Schedule a final meeting with the wedding celebrant. Contact the Parish Secretary, Kelly Martin to schedule at kelly@olmctempe.com. At this point you will be ready to think about your wedding liturgy. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, we have Wedding Coordinators and a Wedding Music Coordinator to meet and assist you with the planning of your wedding liturgy. You will be contacted by the coordinators 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date.