St. Paul Catholic Newman Center

Celebrating The Jubilee of Mercy - Merciful Like The Father

Newman Center Marriage Prep

The Newman Center offers a pre-marriage preparation program for engaged couples. The Marriage Preparation Program requires you to:

  1. Complete a FOCCUS Inventory questionnaire, and participate in an individually arranged counseling session to review the results of the inventory
  2. Register for and attend one of Newman Center’s Marriage Preparation Workshops
  3. Schedule and attend an individual counseling session with a licensed marriage & family therapist associated with or approved by the Newman Center

Upon completion of these requirements, you will have satisfied the Diocese of Fresno's and the Newman Center’s marriage preparation requirements and will receive a Certificate of Completion. The cost for Newman Center's Marriage Preparation Program is $200 per couple. This fee includes the Workshop, the FOCCUS Inventory and follow-up session, and a single counseling session with an approved licensed marriage & family therapist or family life minister. (If you are marrying at the Newman Center, these services are included as part of the Newman Center’s wedding fee).

FOCCUS Inventory FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) is an inventory designed to provide you and your fiancé with a personalized profile that can be used to help you both learn more about yourselves and your unique relationship, promote discussion, and help you to name and work through issues before marriage. It is not a test, nor is it a predictor of success or failure in marriage. FOCCUS provides feedback on where each partner stands in regard to topic areas important to marriage. FOCCUS helps each of you to identify how you think and feel about issues as you read and respond to the FOCCUS statements. It also helps your relationship by promoting discussion between the two of you as you discuss what you both think and feel about the topics. This first level of discussion helps to prepare you if more problematic areas need to be discussed with the help of your FOCCUS facilitator. Using your couple profile report, the facilitator will work with you to look at patterns in your responses, discuss issues, and problem solve where necessary. STEP #1: Fill-out the FOCCUS Inventory. Fill out the inventory independently and not as a couple. After you have completed the questionnaire, you can and should discuss the questions and your responses with each other. STEP #2: Return the FOCCUS Inventory to John Prandini, FOCCUS facilitator at the Newman Center, and call or e-mail to set up an appointment to meet with him to review your personal couple profile. Call 436-3439 or e-mail for an appointment. STEP #3: Meet with John Prandini, FOCCUS facilitator, to review your personal couple profile. STEP #4: Schedule follow-up sessions if needed; and register to attend one of the day-long Marriage Preparation Workshops offered by the Newman Center. Call John Prandini at 436-3439 or e-mail to register.

Marriage Preparation Workshops The Newman Center offers one day marriage preparation workshops held at the Newman Center to assist in fulfilling the pre-marriage requirements of the Diocese of Fresno. Workshops begin at 8:00am and conclude with Mass at 5:00pm and are held on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Advance registration is required! A network of licensed marriage and family therapists associated with the Newman Center are used as educators within our Marriage Preparation Program and are referral resources when needed. Each couple will participate in one session with an approved licensed marriage and family therapist or family life minister as part of their marriage preparation. If for some compelling reason a couple cannot attend the one day workshop, they can see a counselor associated with or approved by the Newman Center for 3-5 sessions. The additional cost is the responsibility of the couple.

Our next Marriage Preparation Workshop will be offered on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Click here to download the workshop flyer and registration form.