Marriage & Family Life


Join us for our annual St. Valentine’s Day Mass to celebrate love, family and marriage. 7pm on Thursday February 14th at St. Patrick’s Basilica in South Dunedin.

Preparing for the Journey of Marriage


We are offering several options a year for marriage preparation in our Diocese.

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 2019

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1st-2nd June 2019: Love Is A Decision course

Venue:  TBA

Cost:  $200 per couple (includes lunches Saturday and Sunday)

Registration:  online registration available soon.

Contact:  Michelle Tili: [email protected] / 021 250 6505

About:  Love Is A Decision is a Catholic marriage preparation course designed in New Zealand which aims to facilitate a Christian understanding of the marriage relationship. 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.  

2nd- 3rd November 2019: Engaged Encounter course

Venue:  Tirohanga Camp, Mosgiel

Cost:  $250 per family (includes all meals and accomodation)

Registration: online registration available soon.

Contact:  Jo Krysa:  [email protected]

About:  Engaged Encounter is a way of looking beyond the wedding day to a lifetime of marriage and gives couples the opportunity and guidance to build the skills for a lifelong marriage. A key factor is withdrawal from the pressures and distractions of daily life to provide the engaged couple with space in which to plan their life together after the wedding is over. They can take time out from planning their wedding to focus on themselves and discuss what’s important to them. The weekend is designed to give plenty of time for private discussion in which the couple can talk honestly and intensely about their future life together. The weekend has a very simple format of listening, writing, reading and discussing.

1.     The presenting couples will shares their experience on a particular topic

2.     You and your fiancé answer a set of questions individually (in separate places)

3.     You will then come back together and read through your fiancé’s answers in private

4.     You are invited to discuss your responses with your fiancé

 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.

Other course options:

If you are unable to attend either of these weekends, there is a possibility of a weekday evening course that happens over 6 weeks. This could be available in both Dunedin and Invercargill. For further information on this option please contact Michelle Tili: [email protected] / 021 250 6505


Marriage Education Couples of the Dunedin Diocese