Preparing engaged couples for marriage in the Catholic Church is one
of the great privileges of parish sacramental life. Yet for many parishes it remains a tedious and burdensome activity. While diocesan agencies
provide thorough programs, they cannot provide the personalised
encounter that a parish-based mentor course offers.
SmartLoving is a series of resources supporting couples in their commitment life-cycle.
It’s brought to you by the Marriage Resource Centre.
The series honours and celebrates the unique strengths of both men and women, allowing each partner to engage freely and confidently. It’s an experience which provides the freedom to have a future. Smart Loving helps participants emerge stronger, as a couple, and as individuals. The investment of time and energy generates improved relational health and greater personal fulfilment. Smart Loving draws from a wealth of research, theology, and experience to provide a compelling and focused approach to building marriages.
Engaged is a parish-based, marriage formation programme that integrates contemporary relationship psychology with Catholic theology for an effective and powerful experience for the engaged couple.
Combining a number of adult learning methodologies, the six-session course is designed to be used in couple to couple mentoring, small home-centred groups or by correspondence. The programme can also be adapted for use with large groups in parish facilities.
The core content is presented on DVD and is supported by comprehensive participant materials. Each session is of two hours duration with additional take-home activities (approximately twenty hours in total). Well resourced, Engaged offers an easy way for parishes to provide marriage preparation for their engaged couples within the parish.
SmartLoving Engaged - Couple Work book £20
SmartLoving Engaged - Mentor Guide £90
SmartLoving Engaged - Spouse copy £30