Post # 1
My fiance is Active Duty Air Force and I was wondering if any ladies have gone through this too! We will be marrying in the Catholic Church which requires a lot of preparation. Anyone in my situation?
Post # 3
My sister was in your situation. Luckily for her the church she got married in was our family church. Our family is very involved in the community. The Priest is also great friends with my family so they bent the rules for her and her husaband. they did some meetings over the phone with her husband becasue he was out of State at the time. I’m sure if you talk to the priest/church, they will be willing to work with you. there are ALWAYS exceptions.
Post # 4
Family church or base chaplain–talk to both. Both will be very understanding. 🙂
Post # 5
@AirmanStoleMyHeart: First let me say, I LOVE your name! lol We will be getting married at USAFA.. and there is apparently prep work for any of the levels you get married in. They are understanding about the location.. we can do the counseling at another place and have that place write a letter saying it was completed.
Post # 6
My Fiance is also active duty Air Force! We’re getting married at my home church in Illinois, I’m in Mississippi for school, and he’s currently on a 5-month TDY in Oklahoma (but stationed in Mississippi). Oh, and Fiance is also currently going through RCIA. The priest who is marrying us also was very flexible. He met with us briefly over Thankgiving, and told us to make sure we did the Engaged Encounter and NFP classes, which we are going to do here in MS when he gets back from TDY.
The priest who will marry us also said that doing the FOCCUS “would be good, but due to the circumstances, it doesn’t seem feasible”…. We were actually a little disappointed that he didn’t really care if we did it or not! So we contacted the priest at our church in Mississippi, and he was able to give us the FOCCUS via “correspondence” and we’ll meet with him to go over it.
Basically our experience so far is that our priests have been very helpful or at least willing to bend the rules. The nice thing about the Catholic church is that there are similar requirements and programs all over, so you can probably do some of your stuff (like the Engaged Encounter or NFP class) wherever you and/or your Fiance live, and it will “transfer” to your home church and diocese!
Post # 7
our priest was very accomodating. we met with him for 2 “offical” counseling sessions. one over thanksgiving and the other over the christmas holidays. we took the survey and did individual/private counseling during the first one. then, we reviewed the results of the survey at the second meeting. they wrote us off for the weekend retreat/engaged encounter b/c of our circumstance (living 3000 miles apart and both about 3000 miles from the priest). you should have no problems