Post # 1
Fiance and I are looking into an online Pre-Cana curriculum because my school schedule and his work schedule never seem to work together so we can get into our priest’s office together during the week.
Are there any Catholic Bees who have had any experience with the pre-Cana offered by<br />http://catholicmarriageprepclass.com/church/ ?<br /><br />Would love to hear about your experience!
Post # 2
Happy New Year! I noticed your post about our online PreCana program and thought I’d introduce myself to offer answers to any questions you may have.
In addition to the page you visited that is geared toward ministry leaders, here is a page with lots of reviews from couples like you…
Let me know if you have questions here, or email [email protected] or call us at 773.598.5706.
Congratulations on your engagement! 🙂
Post # 3
I’m doing Catholic Marriage Prep right now with my fiance. You need to make sure that the diocese in which you’re getting married allows it.
I’m not as overjoyed as a lot of couples. I’m not American and my fiance is from USA (hence we cannot do pre-Cana) and we’re both devout Catholics, really engaged in Church’s life and really into theology and apologetics. Maybe we just didn’t find our facilitators to quite use the language we’re both used to, but some messages we’ve found somewhat a bit shallow, mostly about men and women, how “women typically are into this”, “men into that” (I’m talking about first worksheet). I do realize though that those were comments made by our facilitators and we just might have different sensitivity and easthetics when it comes to rhetorics and language. I’ve always been thought more indepth and rich outlook on what it means to be a man or a woman within Catholicism that stereotypical associations. I was extremely eager to be doing those pre-Cana and we were both kind of dissapointment with the first worksheet. We’ll see how the rest goes, and we’ve emailed our facilitators privately with our concerns. But I’m also European and generally the way we speak and talk is more raw and less enthusiastic and I’m always put off by adults talking about serious matters in the tone of “it’s amazing!!!”, “do you realize how big it is?”. I do realize it’s a personal thing though.
I don’t know how engaged you are in Church’s life and how much you read and inquire about marriage on your own. Me and my fiance explore books on our own and inquire on our own, therefore those pre-Cana won’t be the only cathechesis we’ll find.
Generally I would say go for it, but don’t stop there. And also have in mind that this is aimed also at people that do not know a lot about Catholicism, since some questions there seem repetitive and for us, frankly quite boring. I feel like the facilitators are expecting for us to be shocked at what Catholic Church teaches and we’ve talked about it million times already. 😉
Generally they definitely WILL prepare you and you’ll go through a lot of important stuff, but we’re expected something more. Since you’ll be working with facilitators it depends on the “chemistry” you have with them. It’s like with a priest. Sometimes even though all priests in your parish are definitely wondeful and awesome, you have that one that you go to for Reconcilitation and the one that is your spiritual guide. For that relationship to florish there needs to be the connection. We don’t have it (at least yet) with our facilitators.
We’ll see what they answer to our mail.
But I still think you won’t find anything better online that this. There are not so many options.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
Our church forbids online prep unless your fi and you live in different states and have no weekends that youll be together before the wedding. They gave a whole talk on how if marriage is important, you can make time for a single saturday class. So see if your church even allows online classes before you go to far into the research.
Also, priest interviews are generally required. We were told we had to fly into the state where our wedding will be to interview with that priest, or no wedding (even though were doing our prep work and interviewing with a priest in our home state). Work and school schedules were not an excuse, trust me. We tried.