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Marriage Specialization Course

The revised Marriage Specialization Course is offered to marriage preparation coordinators and their teams. The course content was designed to be taught in four one day, six hour sessions, delivered over the course of four months.

Diocesan certification in marriage ministry is granted to those who complete the marriage specialization course and one day retreat.

The content of the course includes the following topics:

Day 1
  • The social and cultural context of Christian marriage in the United States 
  • The mission of the church in our social and cultural context and our baptismal call 
  • Human sexuality/ morality/ natural family planning
Day 2 
  • The biblical and theological foundation of marriage 
  • Canon law /the right to marry/pastoral issues/interfaith marriage/interchurch marriage/ cohabitating couples/convalidations/ annulments 
Day 3 
  • The 20th century development of marriage preparation 
  • The sponsor couple (recruiting, training and sustaining)  
  • Adult faith formation 
Day 4 
  • The catechesis on the rite of marriage 
  • Liturgical celebration of the sacrament 
  • Christian marriage as a way of life 
  • The domestic church
 Jan. 21, 2017  Feb 18, 2017
 March 11, 2017  April 22, 2017

Pastoral Center
1201 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino, CA
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



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