Marriage Preparation Courses
Wow you are engaged! Congratulations. Everyone, including the Catholic Church wants you to have a wonderful, joyfilled, loving marriage. In order to help that become a reality preparation is needed.
Through the Marriage and Family Office the Diocese offers the approved Marriage Preparation Courses.
- Offer some insight into the dynamics of intimate relationships.
- Take a realistic look at the challenges of commitment and offers strategies for success.
- Provide an understanding of the sacrament of marriage.
- Are facilitated by trained married couples.
- Are approved by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland and recognised worldwide.
Before you get married, you need to apply for a licence. A licence confirms it’s legal for you to marry. It costs $150 if you use a celebrant, and a registry ceremony costs $240 in total.
You need to know that:
- You need to arrange your licence at least 3 working days before you get married.
- It expires after 3 months.
- If you’re using a celebrant, they have separate fees.
- Only one of you needs to complete the application, but you need information about both of you.
Find out more and apply online here.
We all hope and pray that Marriage is for life. As a result ending a marriage and the union hoped for is traumatic experience. The time of separation and divorce is a time of upheaval and at all levels it can result in strained friendships and feeling of alienation and guilt.
The Church cares…
The Church acknowledges the reality of separation and divorce. It is aware of the stresses in our modern world associated with end of a marriage. Added to the pain of the legal and relational process are the questions that divorced Catholics may have about their status within the Church. They may wonder if and when they are required to seek a Church Declaration of Nullity. Whilst upholding the permanence of sacramental marriage, the Church does reach out in support of those whose marriages have broken down. These aspects of the Church are especially evident in the sensitive work of the Tribunals of the Catholic Church.
Learn more about the work of the Tribunal and the process of annulment.
For further information in order to understand the declaration of nullity process download this pamphlet.
The price of the courses depends on what you choose. Included in the cost are the Parts 1 & 2 courses.
Weekend courses: $350 Early Bird or $375 regular price - inclusive of lunch
Weeknight courses: $300 Early Bird and $325 regular price.
These prices are per couple.
We are a not for profit organisation. The course fee covers material costs, venue hire, administration costs, ongoing training of our Educator couples, ongoing review and updates to the marriage programme. We do have an installment payment option please contact the office for more information.
If you are wanting to attend these courses on your own, as your fiance is in another city, please contact the office [email protected] to discuss this further.
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