Preparing for Marriage at All Saints

PLEASE Contact Fr. Wilson before making plans for Marriage preparation.
Every couple preparing for marriage at All Saints takes a pre-marriage inventory and discusses the findings of that inventory with a parish trained mentor couple.  The FOCCUS Inventory is highly reputable survey that will aide you and your future spouse in discussing more than a dozen key issues in married life. Data strongly supports that couples who have discussed and reached some level of agreement on these issues are less likely to struggle during the first decade of marriage. The role of the mentor couple  is to meet with you two or three times (usually after the retreat) to discuss with you important aspects of healthy married life. Mentor couples are trained to use the FOCCUS Inventory results to facilitate conversation around areas of growth and have desire to share with you wisdom that has come from their own marriages.

Pre-Cana Retreat:
Our pre-Cana weekend retreat is held three times a year, and focuses on an important element of married life. The retreat is designed with a mindset towards a healthy Christian marriage, as well as meeting the requirements of pre-marriage formation recommended by both the Archdiocese and the state of Minnesota. You must complete formation at least 12 weeks prior to your wedding date. Combined with  facilitated conversation using the FOCCUS results, the retreat provides engaged couples with practical and fruitful tools to support their first years of marriage.
Couples who complete pre-marriage formation at All Saints will receive documentation to attach to their MN marriage license application for a discount.

Retreat Information for 2019-20:

In order to register for a pre-Cana retreat couples must first meet with Father Wilson and set a wedding date. Retreats are limited to 12 couples at each and is dependent upon wedding date. 
  • Saturday December 14-15
  • Saturday, March 21-22 at  St. Michael's in Farmington
  • Saturday May 30-31 at All Saints

Content of the retreats include the following topics:

  • The Sacrament of Marriage
  • Expectations in Marriage
  • Money: Values and Priorities
  • Marriage as a Stewardship Response
  • Christian Intimacy in Marriage
  • Openness to Life
  • The Christian Family
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Spirituality in Marriage
  • Planning Your Wedding Liturgy
FOCCUS  for engaged couples who have been sent log-in information