If you are considering a marriage at Star of the Sea church, a minimum of six months notice is required during which time the engaged couple must attend one of the several Marriage Preparation Courses that are offered by the churches within the Diocese of St. Catharines.

A Decision to Love – Marriage Preparation Course

Star of the Sea’s presentation of this course is not only open to couples planning to get married, but also to newlyweds who missed the opportunity and would like another chance at this fun and rewarding experience.

Prior to the weekend, several couples from the parish meet to plan and organize for the twenty or so couples who will participate in this weekend of prayer, presentations, food and wine. Much of the weekend is spent allowing the engaged couples to communicate individually and reflectively on areas that are sure to arise in any marriage.

The weekend begins on Friday February 7th (6 pm-9:30 pm) and ends on Saturday February 8th (10 am-6 pm) with attendance at Mass, a blessing of engagement rings and certificate presentation. Lunch is served on Saturday. Topics include:

  • Our Decision to Love
  • Communication/Negotiation
  • Our Separate Pasts and Personalities
  • Our Family of Origin
  • Our Sexuality
  • Our Children
  • Our Finances, Friends, Work and Leisure Time
  • Our Spirituality

$125.00 fee covers the cost of workbooks and lunch for each couple. To register for the course, please call the church office: 905-934-1170