PreCana classes cover topics to help you have a happy, healthy, and holy marriage. An in-person PreCana is a one day Saturday class led by a trained married couple held at a variety of parishes in the Chicago area. Through short talks, sharing of the facilitator's own experiences of their marriages and faith growth, group exercises and personal worksheets and reflection, engaged couples are guided through topics useful for a successful marriage.
Some of the topics presented are: the Sacrament of Matrimony, Natural Family Planning, growth in faith, the changing nature of marriage, couple adjustment, mutual decision-making, the elements of effective communication, conflict management, intimacy and sexual expression, financial planning, goal setting, the extended family, Theology of the Body, stewardship, the Church, how to pray as a couple, and where to find help and counseling for marriage. After you take the class you will receive a monthly enewsletter with articles and information helpful for couples in their first year of marriage.
You also have access to supplemental videos on specialized topics that may be appropriate for your unique marriage preparation, such as Cohabitation, Children of Divorce, Forming a Stepfamily; and Second, Military, Interchurch, and African American marriages. There are downloadable resources and worksheets available as well. You can access them here.
The class starts at 9 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, with a one hour lunch break. You can either go out for lunch or bring it with you. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the day. This fulfills the Catholic marriage preparation requirement in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The cost is $195 per couple. Register here.
What couples have to say about PreCana:
The presenters were outstanding! They really did an amazing job going through the day’s issues.
Very engaging speakers. Provided real examples.
Examples of faith were presented in the talks about the unity of marriage, in family, and in talking about God.
I liked when the presenters spoke about praying together and how this is a decision and choice. How important it is to show and live the faith every day.
It was great! They were great!
I liked the way they shared stories about feeling God’s presence and the power of prayer, especially praying together with your spouse.
The presenters were a wonderful example of a marriage that works.
It was filled with examples to take to heart.
Lots of energy; everything flowed and nothing was boring.