July 10, 2020

Pre Cana Conference, Tobit Weekend and One in Christ program prepare engaged couples for marriage

Criterion staff report

Three marriage preparation programs offered in the archdiocese—the Pre Cana Conference, Tobit Weekend and One in Christ—help prepare engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage as well as the challenges of married life.

Early registration is recommended for all programs, as each fills up quickly.

Pre Cana Conference one-day programs typically take place from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and are offered in parishes throughout the archdiocese, with a cost of $125 per couple.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs were canceled. The schedule for the remainder of 2020 is expected to be completed soon. When completed, it will be available at www.archindy.org/precana.

Couples who are unable to participate in a Pre Cana Conference due to lack of space will be referred to online options approved by the archdiocese in consultation with their priest (or his designate).

For more information about the program, contact the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life at 800-382-9836, ext. 1521, or 317‑236-1521.

Tobit Weekend retreats take place at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., in Indianapolis. There are two opportunities remaining in 2020: Aug. 7-9 and Sept. 18-20.

The registration fee of $298 includes program materials, meals, snacks and overnight accommodations for the weekend.

To register, go to www.archindy.org/fatima/calendar/tobit.html. For questions about registering, contact Jennifer Burger at jburger@archindy.org or 317-545-7681. For more information about the program and its contents, contact Cheryl McSweeney at cmcsweeney@archindy.org or 317-545-7681, ext. 106.

One in Christ marriage preparation, which includes a medical panel to address questions regarding reproduction and fertility, is a three-day program spanning a weekend and the following Saturday. The first day of the program is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the second day is 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and the third day is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

There are two sessions scheduled for 2020:

  • July 25 and 26, and Aug. 7 at St. Malachy Parish, 9833 E. County Road 750 N., in Brownsburg.
  • Oct. 10, 11 and 17 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, 335 S. Main St., in Greenwood.

The cost is $220, which covers meals and materials.

For more information call 317-600-5629, e-mail info@OICIndy.com, or go to www.OICIndy.com. †

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