Marriage & Family Life

Preparing for the Journey of Marriage

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We are offering two weekends this year for marriage preparation as well as a 6 week course that meets one evening a week. 

One of the purposes for these courses is for you as a couple to spend time together communicating, which can be a real gift amongst the busyness of preparing for a wedding or life in general.  

All courses 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 - weekend 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.  

July 24th- August 28th in Dunedin - 6 week course on Tuesday evenings in Dunedin

Location:  North East Valley, Dunedin

Facilitators:  Amy and Jeremy Simons  

Dates and Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm every Tuesday night for six weeks from July 24th- August 28th.

Cost:  $200 per couple

Registration:  Click here to register online.  Registrations close 15th July 2018

Contact:  Michelle Tili:  [email protected]

About the Course:  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.  

 

September 5th-October 10th in Invercargill - 6 week course on Wednesday evenings in Invercargill

Location:  Invercargill

Facilitators:  Tracey and Neal Cole

Dates and Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm every Wednesday night for six weeks from September 5th-October 10th

Cost:  $200 per couple

Registration:  Click here to register online.  Registrations close 25th August 2018

Contact:  Michelle Tili:  [email protected]

About the Course:  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.