(Closed) pre-cana on our own?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Probably “Together For Life.” It’s the classic.

Also, somebody gave us “When Love is Found” which is a good one too. A little more in-depth than “Together For Life.”

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Together for Life was the book we got at our pre-cana classes. I’m majorly jealous you get to do them on your own. I don’t feel like we got anything out of our 2 long classes.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Together for Life probably isn’t the best book for pre-cana.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s the best book out there for planning the actual wedding ceremony.  But it doesn’t really get into the stuff normally discussed at pre-cana (the theology of marriage, what Christ teaches about marriage, how to resolve conflicts, how to manage finances, etc.)  I don’t know of a good book that covers all of those topics, which is why there’s pre-cana.

I haven’t used this service, but the USCCB approves of the use of this website:  http://www.catholicmarriagepreponline.com/ for online pre-cana.  That might be a good option for you.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@CatholicBee: www.foryourmarriage.org is a great website too by the USCCB. Seriously. Weddingbee probably thinks I work for them cause I link to it all the time, but I really like it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My fiance and I did a private pre cana with an awesome instructor.  He pulled in a lot of psychology research findings, which I really liked.

He recommended two books by John Gottman — “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” and “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.”  I haven’t read these but he shared a lot of what was in the books and it was really helpful.    

He also recommened Pope John Paul II’s book “Love and Responsibility,” which seems more philosophical.  

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