Engaged Online allows you to provide flexible, high-quality marriage preparation from within your own parish.
Designed to be experienced over a period of two to four months, Engaged Online responds to the call of the recent Synods on the Family for marriage preparation to be more like a catechumenate than a once off course that is completed in a day or weekend.
HOW IT WORKS
Impact Statistics from 2017
At a Glance
|Willing to abstain from sex until the wedding||
|Open to using Fertility Awareness Methods||
|Wanting to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the wedding…||
|…(or a blessing if non-catholic)||
|Interest in becoming a Catholic (of non-catholic participants)||
All the Detail
Getting Started is Easy!
Every couple who enrolls in the online course will receive a gift coupon for a married couple to access the Sponsor course. Ideally, this Sponsor couple will be active parishioners in the parish at which the couple attends church or, if not practicing, is most likely to if their faith was rekindled (ie a parish near where they reside).
Sponsor Accompaniment has the advantage of allowing regular face to face meetings between the sponsor and engaged couples and provides your married couples with a powerful marriage enrichment experience.
As the online environment is designed to be a self-directed experience, all Sponsor Couples need to do is to do the course themselves, meeting with the engaged couple over coffee or a meal to talk about the course using the discussion questions provided in the workbooks. There is no training required.
For more information on the Sponsor course, go here.
If you don’t have the resources in your own parish, you can opt for a simple, no fuss solution by instructing your engaged couples to enroll in course and work their way through the course independently. They will then be back in your office several months later with their Course Report detailing their learning for you to review.
If the couple provides us with your email address, you will receive their report in your inbox direct from our server, along with a link to the Celebrants Guide. This guide provides an overview of the content covered in each lesson and ideal answers to the questions which appear in the couples Course Report.
The celebrant, or supervisor if the couple is marrying overseas, may find this guide helpful for a more dynamic discussion in their follow-up meetings. Or, if time is scarce, the Guide identifies the two key lessons (Conflict, Sacrament) for priority attention.
Want More Detail?
We have a simple information sheet that outlines the basic process for starting a marriage catechumenate in your parish with SmartLoving Engaged Online.