Catholic Marriage Preparation

Do you need an approved Catholic course, acceptable anywhere in the Catholic world, so that you are ready prepared for when your wedding can take place?   Need flexibility without having to attend meetings?   

At the moment, due to restrictions on meetings in groups, having to sanitise and socially distance etc., we are not holding face-to-face group meetings in the local church hall as we used to before the pandemic.

Therefore the only option for Smart Loving at the moment is our online course. This is the same content as if couples had attended the course in the church hall but is set in a different format and done over nine weeks, although it can be fast tracked to be done in a month.  At the end, the priest and the couple get a report and certificate of completion, depending on whose email address they give.

The course is comprised of  9 Lessons of approximately 1.5 hours each. Ideally, one lesson per week gives you time to practice the tools and form new habits over a 3 month period. It can also be fast-tracked to one month if time is tight.  At the end of each lesson, you will complete an online quiz designed to ensure that you have understood the key concepts. You need at least 80% to advance to the next lesson and quizzes may not be attempted until you have spent a minimum one hour in the lesson. If you get under 80% the system will direct you to the sections you need to revisit. When you’ve done this, attempt the quiz again. When you get to 80% the next lesson will unlock and you can progress. Quiz questions can be previewed in the workbooks so that you can draft your answers before you submit them.  You can either download and print workbooks or buy online.  Your priest may give you a Sponsor Couple from the parish to guide you – if so, give the sponsors the coupon which comes with the course.  At the end of the course, you will do an assessment whereby each of you separately complete a series of short answer questions. Your answers are then compiled into a report for your priest who may want to discuss some of your answers with you. A certificate is also generated then.   It’s not a test and there are no wrong answers. The purpose of the quizzes and assessment is to help us support you and ensure that you’ve mastered concepts, frameworks and tools in discussion with each other.

READY TO ENROL?  When you enrol, you will create a username & password which will be your login. You only need to purchase ONE registration per couple as the course should be completed together and you can access the online platform from two devices simultaneously if required.  Go to  https://smartloving.org/engaged/  and scroll down to choose “Self-Directed” at 99 AU$ or around £54, click Register now.

You will see that a self-directed package has been added to your basket or cart.  You will need a workbook each to do this course online.  This can be ordered for around an extra £29 for a pack of two if posted to you or you can download the file for free (200+ pages).  If you request the books to be posted, during the current virus outbreak, there may be a short delivery delay but we will do our best!  Add the workbooks to your cart at this stage if you prefer not to print them off later.

Click Proceed to Checkout.  Ignore Login and Coupon Code boxes and fill in your name, address etc.  (You use Login later when you need to access your course).  You are now asked to create your account user name and password which both of you can later use to access your course individually or together as you progress.  The coupons referred to relate to free access for your parish sponsor if you have one.  Adding your priest’s (or sponsor) email address will ensure a copy of your report is forwarded on for you to discuss any issues, with confidentiality assured.