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.
You can opt for a simple, no fuss solution by instructing your engaged couples to enroll in the Self-Directed track. They will then be back in your office several months later with their course report detailing their learning.
If you are a well-resourced parish, you may want to consider a more active solution by recruiting Mentor couples from among your parishioners. This has the advantage of allowing regular face to face meetings between mentor and engaged couple and provides your married couples with a powerful marriage enrichment experience.
As the online environment is designed to be a self-contained, self-directed experience, all Mentor 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.
Mentor-engaged meetings are fully flexible:
You might like to ‘bookend’ the course with a blessing at Sunday Mass for the engaged at the beginning of the course and then again on graduation, making your marriage ministry more present to your parish community, thus helping to recruit more mentors. It’s really up to you to decide the best formula for your parish.
We have a simple information sheet that outlines the basic process for starting a marriage catechumenate in your parish with SmartLoving Engaged Online.
SmartLoving Engaged was originally published in 2007 as a face-to-face course. Optimised for couple-to-couple mentoring in the mentor’s home, the course has been successfully adapted to group settings.
The online and face-to-face course share the same curriculum, although the content is organised a little a differently (9 lessons in the online version, 6 sessions + at-home session in the face-to-face version). One advantage the online course brings is the ease of start up as no training is required for mentors. This puts parish-based marriage ministry within the reach of every parish.
View the video made by the Archdiocese of Westminster about SL Engaged.