(Closed) What is pre-canna? I’m getting married in the catholic church, and I

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

oh good for you, I asked my  parish, they have this brochure, we have to meet with them, do a 2 day course of pre-cana, meet with him again, do the natural family planning course, and also submit the baptismal certificate, first communion and confirmation certificate, do pre-cana more than 6 weeks beofre and register 6 months before, now I’m in a panic, because we awnt to do it in 5 months plus he doesn’t know where all his certificates are and he lives in a  different country, ay, ay, ay!!! I still love being catholic and want to have a church wedding, I wish it were in my parish church but it’s being painted!

 if that’s all your msgr. is asking well, good for you! thank our luck stars, my sis was the same way she married in a Catholic church but not in the US, so no big requirements.

Post # 4
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1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Mr. B and I had a two-day Pre-Cana, and then recently met with the priest witnessing our marriage.  Pre-Cana was really an opportunity to focus our conversations about "big" topics like faith, money, sexuality, etc.  I believe Mrs. Dumpling and Miss Mascara have posted about marrying in the Catholic church…and if I can find an interesting/unique angle, I’d like to as well.  Is there anything in particular you’re curious about?

Post # 5
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2640 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah,  I thought pre-cana was fun.  Some people get freaked out, because they think the priest/deacon is going to "turn them down" for marriage or something.  There’s rarely cause for alarm.  The vast majority of couples do fine. 

Post # 6
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Pre-Cana is marriage counseling from a Catholic perspective. Most topics are quite religion-free (there’s not really a religious and non-religious way to discuss financial planning) and similar to what you would find in secular marriage counseling (e.g., good communication tactics), whereas others are more religion-focused, such as the sacramental meaning of marriage, your feelings on faith, information on natural family planning, etc.

The scope and depth of the program varies from church to church. Sometimes the priest runs it individually with a couple. Sometimes it’s a group session run by lay couples, or by psychologists, or by a priest. Sometimes it’s many sessions, sometimes it’s only one or a weekend retreat. When you’re in a class format, usually they are sensitive to that there is probably a diversity of viewpoints on the church present. Some people who marry in the Catholic church are marrying someone who is not Catholic, and so for that reason usually there’s no feeling of doctrine being shoved down your throat. Generally the worst that happens is that you’re bored, and the best is that you learn a lot about one another and about topics that will be very important to your marriage. All in all, any premarital counseling is highly recommended, so this class could be a great opportunity for you and your fiance to discuss important issues.  

It is called Pre-Cana in reference to the miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in a place called Cana where he turned water into wine. So in a way "Pre-Cana" means "Pre-Marriage," thus, pre-marital counseling.

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