The Catechism of the Catholic Church
states, “Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and
exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman,
and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring.”
(no. 1601). Marriage is a model institution
of the love of God that a couple is called to in the world. The sacredness, trust, and commitment builds
a forever capacity to live out the sacrament for the rest of their lives.
WELCOME TO THE MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROCESS The day is fast approaching when you will be starting a new life together. At St. Frances Cabrini we want to give you two gifts for your marriage. First, we want to provide you with a lasting memory of a beautiful wedding and secondly, we want to help ensure that you have a beautiful marriage that will last a lifetime. Providing you with these gifts can take as long as 9-12 months to complete. Outlined below are the steps necessary to complete our Marriage Preparation Process.
Step One: Congratulations! You have completed the most important step – You have decided to get married! Please call Trudy and schedule your appointment with a priest or deacon and your tentative wedding date.
Step Two: Meet with the Priest or Deacon At this meeting, you will complete the FOCCUS inventory, turn in your baptism certificates and pay the sanctuary fee. Also, it will be determined if you are free to marry and understand the lifelong commitment of love. Required Paperwork
Step Three: Attend Marriage Builder Weekend Our weekend for engaged couples is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your relationship with each other and with God. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, with time for talks and sharing. This fulfills the requirements of the Archdiocese for “God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage” and life skills portion. These weekends fill up quickly, so complete the registration form (found on the brochure you receive at your Priest meeting) and return it to us soon. Marriage Builder Brochure
Step Four: Natural Family Planning Course Another tool for your marriage is the completion of this three-session series that meets usually once a month. See brochure for the locations of the classes and details. Be sure to send us a copy of the Completion certificate. You may find the classes by going to the Marriage Preparation link found on the Archdiocese of Denver web page: Natural Family Planning Classes
Step Five: In-Home Sessions At Cabrini we give you the gift of discussing your future marriage with a loving married couple from our parish community. You will also review the FOCCUS inventory during these sessions. This sponsor couple will be contacting you prior to your wedding.
Step Six: Wedding Ceremony Details During this phase, you will meet with the Director of Worship Ministry, the Lead Decorator and the Rehearsal Couple. Wedding Planning
There are many links to help you understand the marriage preparation process for the Archdiocese of Denver and St. Frances Cabrini. Our goal is to give you the understanding and tools necessary to live in the Sacrament of Matrimony for your entire life. This is the biggest commitment you will make in your life and we want to see you be a model for others. Marriage Builder Weekend Dates February 1st-3rd 2013 May 17, 18, 19, 2013 August 16, 17, 18, 2013
The Office of Marriage & Family Life
promotes Natural Family Planning (NFP) as a highly effective, martially enriching, spiritually enlightening,
emotionally uplifting, sexually fulfilling and moral means of planning one's
family. Less that 1% of couples that
practice NFP get divorced. It is also
99% effective in helping couples postpone pregnancy. There are two methods to explore which enhance a life of
sacramental love. It is not the
We are a Christ-centered community open to all married couples and provide encouragement to couples through learning, inspiration, tools, prayer and fellowship. Workshops and retreats are held throughout the year to help a couple strengthen their marriage and recognize the love of God reflected in their relationship.
We have many counselors to help
marriage couples get through the difficult times in their lives. Sometimes couples just need a tune-up in
their relationship. The counselors that
are recommended either see clients at St. Frances Cabrini or at a nearby
location. Contact Sherwood Owens at 303-953-7766 for the names of counselors
that may help you.
The Catholic Church teaches that a valid
sacramental marriage is a permanent, lifelong commitment between a man and
woman. A decree of annulment says that,
in the eyes of the Catholic Church, a sacramental marriage never existed. You will find a further explanation and
links to help you understand the process.
Unfortunately, there is a great deal of mis-communication and myths
about annulments and the process. We
are here to help you through this difficult time. For more information or to start the annulment process, please contact Father Sean or Father Brady at 303-979-7788.