Thinking about joining a ministry at St. Augustine’s? Want an activity you can do with your spouse?
Consider becoming a Marriage Coach. Here is a short summary that may answer some basic questions about our program.
We have five preparation sessions a year. Each session is held on a weekend from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:00 on Sunday. A volunteer coaching couple would need to be available for at least two sessions per year.
Our volunteers, coaching couples, typically start by observing a planned marriage prep session for engaged couples. Then a one-time afternoon training session is held. You are always supported by a veteran coaching couple through this process. You also receive the books we use in the training that cover various topics such as effective communication, spirituality in marriage, etc.
Since this ministry prepares couple who are seeking to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the Catholic Church, couples in the Marriage Preparation Ministry must be in a sacramental marriage themselves. While there is no age or educational requirement, we generally seek couples that have at least completed their newlywed year. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g., level of maturity, etc.). Your experience as a married couple and passionate love for your spouse and for Christ as you live out this wonderful vocation is the most important requirement.
Coaching couples work directly with the preparing couples. Coaches work together in a group setting and one-on-one with couples, providing insight on communication issues and various relationship and practical marriage issues. The setting is informal. You do not need to give a lecture or teach a class.
No. Once you volunteer, you will be asked only to go through the training and then tell us when you would be available. If you agree to be scheduled for a particular weekend session however, we do expect that you will participate at that time. Your availability determines your commitment.