Step 1: Meet with your Pastor/Parish Delegate
When: Before setting a wedding date
Engaged or civilly married couples seeking to get married in the Church should contact Jennifer Blackstad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-967-8791 ext. 220 to schedule an appointment to begin the marriage preparation process.
Step 2: Marriage Preparation Inventory
When: 8-9 months before the wedding
OLMC uses a Marriage Preparation Inventory called FOCCUS/REFOCCUS. 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
“Unitas: Preparing for a Sacramental Marriage” is the program base for the marriage preparation program. Unitas meets for seven consecutive Fridays from 7:00-9:00pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each session follows a general format: topical presentations followed by small group discussions, or discussions as a couple. Couples are assigned to a sponsor couple who help lead the small group discussions. Each couple receives a workbook, which contains activities and worksheets for in-class and homework assignments. The program is designed to aid engaged couples in gaining additional insights into their relationship and involve them in the parish community. Unitas satisfies the Step 3: Life Skills requirement for marriage preparation in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Contact Information: Jennifer Blackstad at email@example.com or 480-967-8791 ext. 220
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
Step 7: Final Meeting with Priest
When: 4-6 weeks before the wedding
Schedule a final meeting with the wedding celebrant. Contact the Front Office Manager, Kelly Martin to schedule at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.