Are You Ready for Marriage?
Whether you’re engaged already or soon will be, Premarital Counseling can help you successfully prepare for your lifelong journey together.
Every person is unique, so gaining a better understanding of your future spouse will help you grow closer and deal with any differences discovered now, before they can cause any problems.
To help get you ready for marriage, our Premarital Counseling features Prepare & Enrich®, the nation's leading relationship inventory and skill-building program - with over 3 million couples served!
Prepare/Enrich® will help you:
- Identify strength and growth areas
- Explore personality traits
- Strengthen communication skills
- Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
- Compare family backgrounds
- Comfortably discuss financial issues
- Establish personal, couple, and family goals
How Does It Work?
Prepare/Enrich® begins with a customized couples assessment completed online that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. Topics covered by the survey include communication, conflict resolution, roles, sexuality, finances and spiritual beliefs.
The survey takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. However, Prepare/Enrich® is not just any survey: the items you respond to are based on research and are intended to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your premarital relationship.
Once complete the survey is followed by 5-6 sessions to go over the results. In these sessions we will explore strengths, address growth areas, improve communication skills and help resolve any potential conflicts.
Be Ready for Marriage
Call or email us today to prepare for your new life together!
St. Monica Marriage Preparation
"Who am I going to marry?" You may have asked yourself that question many times in the past, but now that you're engaged, it takes on an entirely new meaning!
Getting to know your future spouse is one of the best parts of a love relationship, but it's also an important part of preparing for your life together.
The FOCCUS Survey
As a part of Marriage Preparation at St. Monica Catholic Church, you will be asked to complete a premarital survey, namely the Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study (FOCCUS) survey.
This questionnaire isn't a test, rather it's a tool to help you better understand your future spouse and build intimacy with them. It's a 151-question online survey that covers important issues like religion, family and friends, careers, communication, problem-solving, cohabitation, parenting, sexuality, finances, and more.
A ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha, FOCCUS is a research-based assessment tool designed to provide engaged couples and their trained FOCCUS Facilitator with a personalized profile of what needs to be covered in the couple's preparation for marriage.
Your FOCCUS Facilitator
If the FOCCUS survey provides the map of topics that need to be visited, the FOCCUS Facilitator is your guide for the journey.
Morella Hammer, LMFT, is a trained and certified FOCCUS Facilitator tasked by St. Monica to walk with the two of you as you understand the full meaning of your union, discover your individual styles, and learn communication & conflict resolution skills that will enhance your lifelong relationship.
Get Started Today
To get started with St. Monica Marriage Preparation, the FOCCUS Survey, and FOCCUS Facilitator Morella Hammer, you may either attend a Marriage Information Night at the church or contact us. One night truly can change your life!
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