The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws... God himself is the author of marriage.
(Gadium et spes, 48:1)
As Catholics, we are called to share our faith with others. OLA's Marriage Preparation and Mentor Couple Ministry offers married couples an opportunity to help engaged couples prepare for marriage in the Catholic Church.� Research shows that when couples receive quality marrige preparation, their first five years of marriage are significantly better. At a time when half of all marriages end in divorce, it is essential that we help our engaged couples learn the skills they'll need to build a strong marriage. The added benefit for our mentor couples is the opportunity to join a community of other couples who value their marriage and are interested in sharing their experience with others.
+ Attend the initial eight-hour couple training, and participate in ongoing training when available
+ Meet with an engaged couple 3-5 times in the six months prior to their wedding
+ Attend mentor couple ministry meetings periodically
+ Communicate regularly with the mentor couple ministry coordinators
+ Be married in the Catholic Church for at least five years
+ Be a loving, caring example of a living Catholic marriage
+ Have a desire to welcome engaged couples to our parish faith community
+ Be open to answer questions to the best of your ability, and be willing to help find answers
+ Be willing to pray for and with the engaged couples
Mentor couples are asked to make a two-year commitment to the ministry... It could be the most rewarding two years of your marriage!