How to Bring New Couples to Your Parish

Preparation for the sacrament of marriage used to happen at the dinner table. The best preparation came from the family that you grew up in. Unfortunately, with the changes in our culture, including the very high divorce rate, couples often receive this sacrament without ever seeing a healthy marriage relationship.

JPII called for formalized marriage prep. However, over the past 40 years, the marriage prep process has never quite become the vision that Pope John Paul II longed for. The retreats and sessions with our priests are good, but unfortunately, most couples treat these as a check-list, hoops to jump through in order to get to the altar.

But our desire is to evangelize when couples come to us. We want to invite these couples into the family of the Church.

One way to provide this is through the Mentor Couple Model of marriage prep. This solution drops the divorce rate of couples who go through it to 5% and increases the parish’s rate of retaining their couples after marriage to 70-90%.

Resources

Parish Marriage Prep Resources:

Parish Marriage Enrichment Resources:

 Domestic Church Movements:

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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

Rachael Tvrdy – Coordinator, Marriage Preparation and Enrichment

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