Congratulations on your engagement! As you are taking your first step on the path of love, we are here to assist you on your journey.
Completion of the following steps provides you with the necessary preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony in the 7 Steps to a rewarding Marriage preparation. The Diocese of Phoenix mandates a nine-month preparation process effective January 1, 2010.
Weddings at St. Bernard's
Tim and Lauren's Wedding
Kyle + Emily
Marriage Preparation Process
Step 1: Meet with Marriage Preparation Coordinator (BEFORE you set a wedding date)
Please call Ryan Ayala at 480-661-9843 ext. 309 to schedule an appointment. In the first meeting, we will complete an Intake Form, Pre-Nuptial Inquiry, and go over instructions for the Marriage Inventory
Step 2: Marriage Preparation Inventory
When: As soon as possible after meeting with the Marriage Preparation Coordinator.
The Marriage Preparation Inventory is called the FOCCUS at St Bernard of Clairvaux.
Step 3: Married Life Skills Training
When: 7-8 months before the wedding
Love for Life Engaged Weekend - The Diocese offers classes at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in downtown Phoenix and at other locations. Registration is available online at phxmarriageprep.org/step-3 ($135)
Step 4: God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
When: 6-8 months before the wedding
Registration is available online at phxmarriageprep.org/step-4 ($85)
Step 5: Natural Family Planning Instruction
When: 4-6 months before the wedding
You may find classes offered by the Diocese at phxmarriageprep.org/step-5 ($130)
Step 6: Sacrament of Reconciliation
When: Before the wedding, as necessary
Step 7: Final Meeting with your Pastor
When: 4-6 weeks before the wedding
At this point you will be ready to think about your wedding liturgy. At St. Bernard’s, we have wedding coordinators and the wedding music coordinator available to meet and assist you with the liturgy.