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Marriage Education

Marriage education is a vital, yet often overlooked, part of preparing for your life partnership with your loved one. CatholicCare have a selection of courses for married and soon-to-be married couples that assist you in preparing for, and maintaining, your commitment to each other.

We advise couples to attend a course which falls around four months prior to marriage but be sure to book early as some courses are very popular.

Our courses

CatholicCare provide two pre-marriage programs for couples:

  • Before We Say I Do - a group program held over two days or four evenings
  • FOCCUS Program - personalised couple discussion with a Relationship Educator held across three 90-minute sessions

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"We thought we wouldn't learn anything but we actually did - the presenters made the course fun, interesting and engaging."

Adam* 25, Mayfield East

The Enhance program is offered for couples that are already married and are looking to re-vitalise their partnership.

Before We Say I Do

This group program provides you with the opportunity to explore your relationship, build on your strengths and gain essential knowledge and skills that you will use for years to come. Courses are presented by two qualified Relationship Educators in a safe, relaxed and respectful environment, facilitating open and honest discussion.

We facilitate evidence-based relationship education sessions, including some small group discussions and exercises to introduce research as well as private couple sharing. Course topics covered in Before We Say I Do include: Expectations of Marriage; Influences of Family of Origin; Communication Styles; Managing Conflict; Commitment and Dedication; Spirituality and Values; and Sexuality and Intimacy.

The cost for this group program is $300 (including GST) per couple, which includes course materials, morning tea and afternoon tea (or supper for evening courses). Please note that a $20 administration fee will be charged if cancellation notice is made within two weeks of course date.

FOCCUS Program

FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding & Study) involves an in-depth user-friendly questionnaire designed to help you and your partner learn more about yourselves and your unique relationship. After completing the questionnaire, you then spend time with a qualified Relationship Educator to discuss your responses and find strategies based on research theories to strengthen and enhance your relationship.

FOCCUS will help you develop the skills and knowledge to prepare you for your future together. This program is a more flexible option for couples who are unable to attend a group program. FOCCUS topics include: Lifestyle Expectations, Friends & Interests; Personality Match; Communication; Problem Solving; Spirituality and Values; Parenting Issues; Sexuality Issues; Financial Issues; Family of Origin; and Commitment and Dedication.

The cost for FOCCUS is $300 (including GST) per couple, which includes three 90 minute sessions. Payment prior to commencement is required. Please note that a $50 fee will be charged if less than 24 notice is given for cancellation of session appointments.

Enhance

At times we all need a bit of extra help to keep the relationship vibrant and on-track. Enhance provides you with knowledge, research and support to address specific issues or challenges in your relationship, however big or small, such as re-igniting the spark, communication breakdown, destructive patterns, strengthening the friendship and emotional connectiveness of the relationship.

The cost for Enhance is $100 (including GST) for a one-hour session. Sessions are by appointment only. Please note that a $20 fee will be charged if less than 24 notice is given for cancellation of session appointments.

2015 Course Dates

Before We Say I Do course

Course 5  ( Newcastle)
7 & 14 November 2015
Two Saturdays, 9.30 am – 4:30 pm
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle West.

FOCCUS Evening & Day Sessions

Foccus Marriage Education by appointment only.
Monday evenings or week day business hours session available.

Register for a course

To register for a course, download Registration form, fill out and return with payment details to our Marriage Education Team. 

CatholicCare_MarriageEducation_DL_6pp_2015_Final_LR-1.jpgDownload the 2015 Marriage Education Brochure and 2015 PDF Registration Form

Download the 2016 Marriage Education Brochure and 2016 PDF Registration Form

Email: marriageeducation@catholiccare.org.au 
Fax: (02) 4979 1379
Post: CatholicCare Marriage Education
PO Box 759
Newcastle, NSW, 2300. 

 

 

Contact us

For more information about Marriage & Relationship Education with CatholicCare, please contact:

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning
50 Crebert Street,
Mayfield 2304 NSW

P: (02) 4979 1370
F: (02) 4979 1379
E: marriageeducation@catholiccare.org.au
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Maitland Child & Family Centre
2/212 High Street,
Maitland 2320 NSW

P: (02) 4015 2800
F: (02) 4934 4378
E: marriageeducation@catholiccare.org.au 
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2016 Course Dates

Before We Say I Do course

Course 1 (Newcastle)
30 January & 6 February 2016
Two Saturdays, 9.30 am – 4:30 pm
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle West.

Course 2 (Maitland/Morpeth)
12 & 19 March 2016
9.30 am – 4:30 pm

Course 3 (Singleton)
14 & 21 May 2016
9.30 am – 4:30 pm

Course 4 (Newcastle)
23 & 30 July 2016
Two Saturdays, 9.30 am – 4:30 pm
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle West.

Course 5 (Newcastle)
10 & 17 September 2016
Two Saturdays, 9.30 am – 4:30 pm
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle West.

Course 6 (Newcastle)
5 & 12 November 2016
Two Saturdays, 9.30 am – 4:30 pm
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, Newcastle West.

FOCCUS Evening & Day Sessions

Foccus Marriage Education by appointment only.
Monday evenings or week day business hours session available.