(Closed) Completed FOCCUS test

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

congrats! one thing done, 34507346 to go! haha… we did our FOCCUS test back in December and are going over it the first week of March (FH lives in another state, so it takes a while to plan these things) with our sponsor couple. I was able to book the church right away though – we haven’t paid anything yet. maybe yours only does it a year in advance? our priest is actually performing another wedding at a different location that night, but he’ll still be available for our time – something i was initially worried about! that’s a bummer that they wont like… pencil you in at least.

Post # 4
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@tinarenee77: Book your church first! Book your church first! My advice to all Catholic brides would be to book the church first. Since we can’t just get married wherever, we are a lot less flexible on that. Luckily, the date I wanted was open, but the church made it very clear that we had to give them an option of days and times.

Post # 6
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The good news is you have 18 months! Lol, just breathe! We did it all in under 12… you’re ok…. 

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011



We made or will make it through it all in about 9 months. It’s doable. 

Post # 8
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

 You can do it! We just took our test and will meet with a counselor next week. Our church is a little more liberal so we didn’t have to do anything but meet with the priest one time to book the date. Then we’ll  meet with him again in May.

 Good luck! Eightten months is plenty of time to find a date that works for you and that the church has available.

Post # 9
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

While we were looking at venues and deciding on dates, I called the church to find out their availability on the date we were looking at. Then I called our church (15 months ahead) and they were able to “pencil us in” and said we were super EARLY in planning. We met with the Deacon for our FOCCUS test appointments in July 2010 (a year out). At that time we put down a $200 deposit. We have met with our priest a few times. Now we are actually going to our Engaged Encounter weekend away this weekend. And we are meeting with the church’s wedding coordinator and our priest in a few weeks. I think if you start planning super early, you will have a choice on your preferred dates. 18 months is PLENTY of time! Even at 15 months, we had plenty of time! 


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