Marriage & Family Life

Preparing for the Journey of Marriage


We are offering two weekends this year for marriage preparation.  A large part of the purpose for the weekend is you spending time together as a couple. A real gift of time for just the two of you amongst the busyness of preparing for a wedding or life in general.  

Both Weekends will have sessions that will include input and discussion on these topics:

  • Understanding Self
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution 
  • Life and Financial Decision Making
  • Intimacy and Family Planning
  • Forgiveness
  • The Sacrament of Marriage 

Marriage Preparation Dates in 2018

June 2nd-3rd 2018:  Love is a Decision course

Place:  Mercy Parish Centre, 40 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

Cost:  $200 per couple (Cost includes lunches for both days.  Accomodation is not included.)

Registration:  Click here to register online

Contact:  Michelle Tili:  [email protected]

About:  Love Is A Decision is a marriage preparation course designed in New Zealand which aims to facilitate a Christian understanding of relationship in marriage. We know that preparing for a wedding is a busy time, so this course provides the opportunity for you to sit down and discuss issues that will help you grow together and prepare you for the journey ahead in a comfortable and safe environment.  


November 3rd-4th 2018:  Engaged Encounter course

Place:  Tirohanga Camp, Mosgiel

Cost:  $200 per family (includes all meals and accomodation)

Registration:  Click here to register online

Contact:  Jo Krysa:  [email protected]

About:  This course is based on Catholic Engaged Encounter, a programme designed for couples to deepen their understanding of commitment and marriage.  This is a family friendly weekend developed so children are welcome and care and activities will be provided for them. This weekend is open to couples of all ages and stages in marriage.


Marriage Education Couples of the Dunedin Diocese


Here's what happened on our Relationship Encounter Weekend, 26-27 November 2016

Tirohanga Camp near Outram was alive with love and joy, as four engaged couples gathered to learn about the ‘Decision to Love’ in an Engaged Encounter weekend at the end of November.  Jo Krysa and her husband James Clark did an amazing job of organising the weekend by bringing people together to create a relaxed and joyful atmosphere for the couples to reflect on their upcoming journey of marriage.  There were times of quiet, individual reflection and journaling, followed by time for the couples to come together to discuss how they will join together in the Sacrament of marriage.  Michelle and Pesamino Tili, and Jesse Lim and Augustine Chen joined Jo and James in offering personal reflections on the joys and challenges of marriage.  Several others joined in for background support of cooking and childcare which really enhanced the weekend’s special character.  It was a moving experience for all- the couples preparing as well as the couples presenting.  And the children enjoyed the camp as much as anyone as they explored the natural surrounds while their parents shared their wisdom.  The whole experience was a true witness of the Spirit of community joining together to offer love and support for those embarking on a lifetime of choosing love.