Congratulations on your engagement! As you are taking your first step on the path of love, we are here to assist you on your journey.
“Love is indeed ‘ecstasy,’ not in the sense of a moment of intoxication, but rather as a journey, and ongoing exodus out of the closed inward-looking self towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God.”
Completion of the following steps provides you with necessary preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony in the 7 Steps to a rewarding Marriage preparation Experience Diocese of Phoenix. The Diocese of Phoenix mandates a nine-month preparation process effective January 1, 2010.
Step 1: Meet with your Pastor/Parish Delegate
When: Before setting a wedding date
Engaged couples should contact Jennifer Blackstad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-967-8791 ext. 220 to discuss the wedding process.
After this initial phone call, couples can email Toni Logan at email@example.com to schedule a meeting to begin the Marriage Preparation Process. Include the following information in the email: bride’s full name, groom’s full name, addresses, contact numbers, and email addresses.
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 7-9pm at OLMC. The Unitas program is offered twice a year.
Love for Life Engaged Weekend - The Diocese offers classes at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in downtown Phoenix and at other locations. Registration available online at phxmarriageprep.org/classes-courses/ ($135).
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 https://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 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.