"When we went to the parish to receive marriage instructions, a staff member told my fiancée and I that it was important to prepare spiritually for our marriage. With so much else going on at this time, why is this necessary?"

Engagement is a critical time in a couple's life. During this time they sift out many aspects of their future life together. The pressures of married life are many and often unexpected. It is important that a couple begins to pray together and discuss spiritual matters, like going to Mass every Sunday, praying in the home, and educating their children in the faith. Patterns set early during engagement often last a lifetime.