Marriage Course Information

Marriage Preparation Course

The Diocese of Saint Cloud congratulates you on beginning your journey towards a sacramental marriage! 

Your desire for a Christ-centered marriage will nurture and strengthen you, as a couple, in your love for each other and God. This preparation will challenge you to grow in your relationship – spiritually, physically and emotionally . You will take home skills and tools that develops a faith-filled, lifelong commitment.

Presentations and topics for discussion will include: Our Journey with God, Handling Conflict, Problem Solving, Adjustments in Marriage, Sexuality, Forgiveness, Natural Family Planning & Commitment.

 

Register early! 

 

2018-19 Marriage Course Dates, Information and Resources

Pastoral Center, St. Cloud location – only (price $175)

  • June 2 & 3, 2018
  • September 15 & 16, 2018
  • October 27 & 28, 2018
  • December 1 & 2, 2018
  • January 19 & 20, 2019
  • February 23 & 24, 2019
  • March 16 & 17, 2019
  • April 13 & 14, 2019

Registration

  • Register early!  Weekends are limited to 35 couples per date.
  • Registration can be done onlineby mail or in person.
  • Full payment of $175 is required to reserve a date.
  • Enclose payment of  $175 to the Office of Marriage & Family or pay online.
  • Submit only one registration.  Multiple registrations will cancel each other.
  • Click here to register and pay online    (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form
  • Mail or drop off the completed form to:
Office of Marriage & Family
305 7th Avenue North, Suite 100
St. Cloud  MN  56303
  •  Confirmation:
    • Is sent AFTER registration information & payment are received.
    • Incomplete & unpaid registrations will not be processed.
    • Confirmation is sent electronically.  Please monitor your e-mail as it may take 1 to 3 days before you receive notice of which weekend you are registered for.

Contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721 or jzylla@gw.stcdio.org with questions or concerns.

Cancellation – No Show Policy

• A $75 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Marriage Course.

• No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.

Schedule

The schedule lists the starting and ending times of the course and provides an overview of the topics presented.

 

On Sunday, Mass will conclude our weekend.  This will fulfill our weekly obligation for Sunday liturgy.

Important Note:

To receive a certificate, participants are required to attend all scheduled sessions If unable to attend the course in its entirety, contact the Office of Marriage & Family as soon as possible, prior to the weekend at 320-252-4721 or 800-624-9019 ext. 319 — Jan/general mailbox.

When you are scheduling a weekend, please make sure you include setting aside some private time Saturday evening ( a nice quiet  meal, some time in prayer, and the opportunity to finish the discussions you had during the day).

Natural Family Planning

As a couple, watch the “Natural Family Planning Is…” video (found below) and complete the attached reflection questions.  This video will give you some basic insights from a couple’s perspective on the beauty of the Church’s teaching on sexuality and the importance of being open to life.  Our goal is to prepare you for the material presented at the weekend and deepen your understanding of your upcoming marriage in Christ.  The video is approximately 30 minutes in length. https://vimeo.com/40875185

Food Shelf Donation

As Christian couples, we are called to share our time, talent and financial resources.  The act of giving is a sign that you have formed a partnership with Christ in caring for your brothers and sisters.  Therefore, you are invited to bring a nonperishable food item or a cash/check donation for the Caritas Food Shelf .  Click here for a list of suggested food items to donate.

Dress Attire

Please wear comfortable clothing.  Our sessions will be in the Chapel at the Pastoral Center and you will do a fair amount of sitting during the weekend.  Breaks will be given throughout the days.

Refreshments and Lunch

Refreshments are included each day.  Lunch is provided on Saturday.

Directions & Location

The marriage course is held at the Pastoral Center located across the street from Cathedral High School.  You may park in the lot off of 4th Street North — a “Marriage Course” sign will  be posted at the entrance.  Directions to the Pastoral Center can be found here.

2018-19 Second Marriage Course Dates, Information & Resources

The Second Marriage Preparation Course is for couples preparing to marry after the death of a spouse or an annulment. Marriage preparation must be completed at least three months before the date of the wedding celebration. It is recommended you complete the course well in advance (six months or more). Many couples take the course one year before their wedding.

  •  October 13, 2018
  • March 23, 2019
  • October 12, 2019

Registration

  • Register early!  Weekends are limited to 35 couples per date.
  • Registration can be done onlineby mail or in person.
  • Full payment of $175 is required to reserve a date.
  • Enclose payment of  $175 to the Office of Marriage & Family or pay online.
  • Submit only one registration.  Multiple registrations will cancel each other.
  • Click here to register and pay online    (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form
  • Mail or drop off the completed form to:
Office of Marriage & Family
305 7th Avenue North, Suite 100
St. Cloud  MN  56303
  •  Confirmation:
    • Is sent AFTER registration information & payment are received.
    • Incomplete & unpaid registrations will not be processed.
    • Confirmation is sent electronically.  Please monitor your e-mail as it may take 1 to 3 days before you receive notice of which weekend you are registered for.

Contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721 or jzylla@gw.stcdio.org with questions or concerns.

Cancellation – No Show Policy

• A $75 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Marriage Course.

• No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.

Schedule

The Second Marriage Preparation Course schedule: 

Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5 PM. 

The $175 fee includes refreshments, noon meal and materials.

 

Important Note:

To receive a certificate, participants are required to attend all scheduled sessions.  If unable to attend the course in its entirety, contact the Office of Marriage & Family as soon as possible, prior to the weekend at 320-252-4721 or 800-624-9019 ext. 319 — Jan/general mailbox.

When you are scheduling a weekend, please make sure you include setting aside some private time Saturday evening (a nice quiet  meal, some time in prayer, and the opportunity to finish the discussions you had during the day).

Natural Family Planning

As a couple, watch the “Natural Family Planning Is…” video (found below) and complete the attached reflection questions.  This video will give you some basic insights from a couple’s perspective on the beauty of the Church’s teaching on sexuality and the importance of being open to life.  Our goal is to prepare you for the material presented at the weekend and deepen your understanding of your upcoming marriage in Christ.  The video is approximately 30 minutes in length. https://vimeo.com/40875185

Food Shelf Donation

As Christian couples, we are called to share our time, talent and financial resources.  The act of giving is a sign that you have formed a partnership with Christ in caring for your brothers and sisters.  Therefore, you are invited to bring a nonperishable food item or a cash/check donation for the Caritas Food Shelf .  Click here for a list of suggested food items to donate.

Dress Attire

Please wear comfortable clothing.  You will do a fair amount of sitting during the weekend.  Breaks will be given throughout the day.

Refreshments and Lunch

Refreshments and lunch are included.

Directions & Location

The Marriage Course is held at the Pastoral Center located across the street from Cathedral High School.  You may park in the lot off of 4th Street North — a “Marriage Course” sign will  be posted at the entrance.  Directions to the Pastoral Center can be found here.

2018-19 Hispanic Marriage Course Dates

Fechas del curso de matrimonio hispano

El horario del Curso de Preparación Matrimonial Hispana: Sábado, 8:00 AM a 5 PM. La tarifa de $ 110 incluye refrescos, comida y materiales del mediodía.

  • Noviembre 10, 2018
  • Marzo 30, 2019
  • Noviembre 9, 2019

  • Registration can be done onlineby mail or in person.
  • Full payment of $110 is required to reserve a date.
  • Enclose payment of  $110 to the Office of Marriage & Family or pay online.
  • Submit only one registration.  Multiple registrations will cancel each other.
  • Click here to register and pay online    (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form
  • Mail or drop off the completed form to:
Office of Marriage & Family
305 7th Avenue North, Suite 100
St. Cloud  MN  56303
  •  Confirmation:
    • Is sent AFTER registration information & payment are received.
    • Incomplete & unpaid registrations will not be processed.
    • Confirmation is sent electronically.  Please monitor your e-mail as it may take 1 to 3 days before you receive notice of which weekend you are registered for.

Contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721 or jzylla@gw.stcdio.org with questions or concerns.

Cancellation – No Show Policy

  • A $50 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Marriage Course.
  • No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.
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Food Shelf Donation

As Christian couples, we are called to share our time, talent and financial resources.  The act of giving is a sign that you have formed a partnership with Christ in caring for your brothers and sisters.  Therefore, you are invited to bring a nonperishable food item or a cash/check donation for the Caritas Food Shelf .  Click here for a list of suggested food items to donate.

Dress Attire

Please wear comfortable clothing.  Our sessions will be in the Chapel at the Pastoral Center and you will do a fair amount of sitting during the weekend.  Breaks will be given throughout the days.

Refreshments and Lunch

Refreshments and Lunch are included.

Directions & Location

The marriage course is held at the Pastoral Center located across the street from Cathedral High School.  You may park in the lot off of 4th Street North — a “Marriage Course” sign will  be posted at the entrance.  Directions to the Pastoral Center can be found here.

Directions & Location

The Marriage Course is held at the Pastoral Center located across the street from Cathedral High School.  You may park in the lot off of 4th Street North — a “Marriage Course” sign will  be posted at the entrance.  Directions to the Pastoral Center can be found here.

Cancellation Policy or Bad Weather

 

  • $50 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Marriage Course.
  • No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.
  • In case of an emergency, please call (320) 258-7611 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course.

 

Bad Weather

Inclement weather can occur anytime through the year.  We make every attempt to hold the course if at all possible.  We also want to ensure the safety of all who attend.  In case of bad weather,  we will do the following:

  • An e-mail notices (and/or phone calls) will be initiated approximately 12 to 24 hours prior to your scheduled weekend to inform you of a course cancellation or schedule change.
  • If there is no weather related message or contact, the course will go on as scheduled.
  • Please monitor your e-mails (or phone messages) frequently within this 24-hour period, especially during severe weather seasons and/or conditions!
  • If the weather conditions in your area are questionable and you are unable to travel, please leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course. Call 320-252-4721 (local calls) or 800-624-9019 (outside of the St. Cloud area) to determine if the course will be held or to leave a message.
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:45 AM and 1 to 4:30 PM.