Marriage Preparation Program 

“[marriage preparation] …is a special opportunity for the engaged to rediscover and deepen the faith received in Baptism and nourished by their Christian upbringing. In this way, they come to recognize and freely accept their vocation to follow Christ and to serve the Kingdom of God in the married state.” – Familiaris Consortio, 51

Congratulations and blessings as you journey toward the day of your wedding! A warm welcome to Marriage Preparation through the Archdiocese of St. John’s. This time together will focus on various aspects of your commitment to one another.

Topics will include:

  • The Sacrament of Marriage
  • The Sacrament of Matrimony with a Mass and without Mass
  • Life & Health Issues from conception to natural death
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Wholesome Communication 
  • Financial Planning
  • Spirituality of the Couple
  • What it takes to make a marriage work

We will pray together and reflect on Sacred Scripture. 
  
Marriage is a serious and sacred commitment. This union of a man and woman is the basic unit of human society and of the Church. In this unique relationship, two persons make a solemn commitment to be totally for the other. Therefore, it deserves the most careful attention and preparation. Every marriage shares in God the Father’s creative love as an image of the Holy Trinity. Marriage in the Church has been elevated to a sacrament by Christ and gives witness to the presence of the Holy Spirit as it is lived out in the secular world. Spouses, therefore, enter into a new relationship with God who becomes permanently present in and central to their shared life. 

The Marriage Preparation Course is for couples who are exploring the idea of getting married and for those who are already engaged. It’s designed for those who want to give their marriage the best possible start, whether they’re exploring marriage for the first time or have been married before.

The sessions are held at MARY QUEEN OF THE WORLD CHURCH, TOPSAIL ROAD, Mt. Pearl, Friday evening beginning at 7 pm., with registration beginning at 6:30 pm. The evening concludes at around 9 pm. Sessions continue Saturday morning at 9:30 am., and conclude at 4 pm. Lunch break will be from 12 noon – 1:00 pm.

The next Marriage Preparation Sessions will be held on the following weekends: 

  • March 1 & 2;
  • March 29 & 30;
  • May 10 & 11;
  • May 31 & June 1, 2019.

NOTE: May 31 & June 1 will be the last weekend before the Fall. Make sure you register for one of the assigned dates early. There may be Preparation Sessions offered during the late summer/early fall! The cost per couple is $100.00. Once again, registration will be held on Friday from 6:30 -6:50 pm.  All materials will be provided, a liturgy planning book can be purchased a cost of $6.00.

If you require any further information please contact Theresa Whiffen, twhiffen@rcsj.org or 726-3660, ext 236.

We look forward to seeing you there for what we hope will be an informative and enjoyable experience. Blessings as you continue your preparations for your Married life together!

Coordinators

Father Ray Earle

Theresa & Gerry Antle


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Tribunal Members 

Judicial Vicar (Archdiocesan Tribunal)

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney, J.C.L.

Associate Judicial Vicars (Halifax Regional Tribunal)

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney,  J.C.L

Msgr.  Francis Puddister,  J.C.L


Judges

Reverend James Beresford,  J.C.L.

Very Reverend Stephen J. Courtney,  J.C.L.

Msgr. Francis Puddister,  J.C.L.

Defenders of the Bond 

Reverend Edward Sutton

Reverend William Brown,  S.J.

Advocate

Msgr. Denis Walsh

Auditors

Sister Rosemary Ryan,  R.S.M.

Sister Rosaline Hynes,  R.S.M.

Secretary | Notary

Mrs. Katrina Etchegary

Contact Us

Chancery | Marriage Tribunal

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

P.O. Box 37

St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Fax: (709) 726-3688

Chancellor & Judicial Vicar

Very Reverend Stephen Courtney

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 250

Email: scourtney@rcsj.org​

Secretary / Notary

Mrs. Katrina Etchegary

Tel: (709) 726-3660 | Ext 234

Email: ketchegary@rcsj.org​