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The Sacrament of Baptism is a serious obligation and requires a faith commitment demonstrated by at least one of the parents being a practicing, active Catholic who has been registered in St. Mary Parish for at least three months prior to Baptism. Parents seeking Baptism for their child should contact Jan Balota at the parish office to register for the required baptismal preparation class.
Please contact St. Mary Parish Center Office during our office time between Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm at 386-437-5098.
A Minimum of eight months notice is required by the Diocese of St. Augustine because of the sacredness and seriousness of this Sacrament. Please contact the parish office for an appointment at 386-437-5098.
Pre Cana is a one-day marriage preparation class offered by the Diocese of Saint Augustine. It follows a structured schedule and is presented to groups of engaged couples. It is designed to supplement, not to replace, the less structured, personal meetings that each couple should also have with the priest or deacon who is assisting them to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. The program provides both an overview of God’s design for joy in marriage and practical skills for bringing it about. Opportunities are provided for each couple to reflect and discuss privately the topics raised during the day.
Some priests administer FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) to the couple prior to attending Pre Cana. Couples who have not had this opportunity, however, may take the FOCCUS immediately prior to the start of the Pre Cana day. The results are sent to the priest assisting the couple.
Priests, other professionals and married couples give presentations on topics which include:
Sacrament of Marriage
Long Term Commitment
Christian Family Values
Catholic Perspective on Sexuality
Natural Family Planning
To register for any of these programs, please go to www.dcfl.org.
The Engaged Encounter Community of the Diocesan Center for Family Life sponsors this marriage preparation. The encounter is a weekend experience that provides couples time to reflect upon their relationship in an atmosphere free of the pressures and distractions of everyday life.
Who is it for?
Although Catholic in origin, Engaged Encounter is open to any couple of any faith who are preparing for a marriage that would be recognized by the Catholic Church. Formal engagement is not necessary; a couple needs only to be seriously considering marriage.
What happens on the weekend?
Through a series of presentations by married couples and a priest, the engaged encounter couple is stimulated to discuss privately with each other all aspects of married life – always from the viewpoint of their own relationship. The emphasis is not on lectures or group discussions. This is a private experience in a quiet and informal setting. Personal reflection and couple dialogue are the main focus of the weekend.
Email Jamie & Dawn Oehmann / Denver & Camille Anderson, our Local Co-Coordinators for more information. If you have questions, please call us at 904-580-4599.
Cana Again is a re-marriage preparation program for those persons who are considering marriage where either party was married previously. This program is a sponsor couple format. The engaged couple meets with a re-married couple that utilizes standardized materials for discussion and reflection.
FOCCUS is a self-diagnostic instrument designed to help couples learn more about themselves and their unique relationship. It is not a test nor meant as a predictor of success or failure in marriage. It is a tool to help couples name and work through issues before marriage.
FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) provides individualized couple feedback on where each partner stands in regard to topic areas important to marriage. The results of the inventory point to issues or areas that may need to be addressed.
FOCCUS was developed to reflect the values and ideals of marriage as sacred. The marriage covenant questions in FOCCUS deal with permanency, fidelity, unconditional love, and openness to children and shared faith in God. The same items appear in modified wording appears in three editions: Catholic, Christian Non-Denominational and Non-Denominational.