Modeled after the RCIA program; (Rite of Christian Incitation of Adults). Unitas is a journey for the couple and emphasized elements that are similar to those found in RCIA
- Faith Formation- an essential ingredient for the journey toward sacramental marriage.
- Information to help couples succeed in marriage today.
- Opportunities for building connections with the local Church.
The program is a process of marriage formation designed to help couples develop the skills needed for a healthy, holy marriage. The gift of sacramental marriage blesses both the lives of the couples and the life of the wider Church community.
Unitas achieves three goals:
- To help couples build faith and spirituality in their relationship.
- To help couples develop an understanding of areas such as communication, family of origin, conscience development, intimacy building, and family formation.
- To help couples establish ties with their Church community.
SESSION 1: THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE
Couples learn that marriage is a sacrament and a covenant. Marriage is a partnership based on Love. Love not only for one another but for God as well. That marriage is to be permanent and should be open to life. Marriage should be a prayerful journey together. Through this sacrament we create a new unique covenant of love.
SESSION 2: COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Couples learn that the ability to communicate well with one another is very important. They learn ways to negotiate and solve daily problems. They learn the importance of forgiveness and prayer in our lives. When we speak loving and truthful words to one another, we are imitating the loving conversation of the Eternal Trinity. This all is foundational for continuing growth in love.
SESSION 3: INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY OF ORIGIN
Couples learn the importance of understanding ones self, and how your family ties are important. How they influence the newly formed family. How you should be open to change, how to set goals, and what traditions you would like to bring into your marriage.
SESSION 4: VALUES IN MARRIAGE
We discover that each of us have individual values, as well s shared values. Couples learn that here are many ways to share our diverse values with our spouse. Couples learn that how they spend money and time tells them what they really value. Couples learn about the role of conscience, and how to be open to God, open to prayer and how to be open to the Holy Spirit. Couples learn about our Faith Community, and how we can share our values with others.
SESSION 5: INTIMACY AND SEXUALITY
Couples learn how to develop intimacy and get in touch with our “little child”. They learn that we are all sexual beings and sex is the ultimate gift of body and soul, and is a gift from God. Most importantly, they learn that “Sex is Holy!” They learn to be open to new life, the Church understands of family planning, and that children are also a gift from God. Compare Eucharist (God’s loving Word to us and Communion) and the Sacrament of Marriage (Loving words and Holy intimacy)
SESSION 6: BALANCING PRACTICAL ISSUES IN RELATIONSHIP
Couples learn about the importance of deciding how they will spend money, budgeting. They learn how to do a balancing act when discussing how and where they will spend holidays, vacations, etc. They learn that there are many decisions that will have to be discussed concerning household duties, dual careers, and all money matters. They learn to pray and ask for guidance in all decisions, and the importance of praying together regularly.
SESSION 7: DEVELOPING A SPIRITUALITY OF MARRIAGE
We review all the previous sessions to show how we have been developing a spirituality of marriage all along. The spirituality, of very day life in a family and how to live our faith daily. They reflect on their journey together during the last seven topics.
UNITAS Marriage Preparation Program
Thursday, Holy Name School
6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. in the Holy Name School Conference Room
Registration is at 7:00p.m. on the first day
Cost is $50.00 for the book
UNITAS Coordinators: Deb & Jim Desjean
firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-723-6032
Office Manager: Anna Alvarez, 333-5020
Priest: Please notify office a week ahead of time, 333-5020
2014 Winter Session
For those marrying in late March, April, May, and early June 2014
January 16 Session 1 Theology of Marriage
January 23 Session 2 Communication Skills
January 30 Session 3 Individual and Family of Origin
February 6 Session 4 Values in Marriage
February 13 Session 5 Intimacy and Sexuality
February 20 Session 6 Balancing Practical Issues in Relationship
Developing a Spirituality of Marriage, Closing Prayer Service,
& Distribution of Certificates
February 27 Session 7 Make up Classes
2014 Spring Session
For those marring in July, August, September, October and early November
May 8 Session 1 Theology of Marriage
May 15 Session 2 Communication Skills
May 22 Session 3 Individual and Family of Origin
May 29 Session 4 Values in Marriage
June 5 Session 5 Intimacy and Sexuality
June 12 Session 6 Balancing Practical Issues in Relationship
June 19 Session 7 Developing a Spirituality of Marriage
June 26 Make Up
2014 Fall Session
For those marrying in late November, December 2014, January, February 2015
October 2 Welcome, Opening Prayer Service
Introduction, Theology of Marriage
October 9 Session 2 Communication Skills
October 16 Session 3 Individual and Family of Origin
October 23 Session 4 Values in Marriage
October 30 Session 5 Intimacy and Sexuality
November 6 Session 6 Balancing Practical Issues in Relationship
November 13 Session 7 Developing a Spirituality of Marriage
November 20 Make Up Classes
UNITAS Marriage Preparation classes for the Southeast Deanery has been moved from Holy Name Church to
St. Jerome and has changed from a 7 week session to a 1 weekend Marriage Preparation Retreat the October session is closed; call St. Jerome for more information at 210-648-2694 leave your name and phone number for Gina Cartwright.