Each year, St. Francis of Assisi works with over 70 engaged couples who are preparing for to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage – and we need the help of married couples form our parish!

What you’ll give: We’re seeking married couples to volunteer with these engaged couples to help them get ready for their lifelong commitment to each other, and to help them live that commitment out in the life of our church.

What you’ll get: Marriage preparation volunteers are grateful for the time they get to spend with their spouse, preparing for conversations or presentations. These couples share that their own marriage usually benefits from all this time together!

Recently married couples are invite to help host a Wedding Orientation session. At this session, engaged couples hear about how they can personalize their wedding liturgy to best reflect who they are as a couple. This is a good ministry for you and your spouse if you are comfortable speaking in front of groups and talking about your own memories of wedding planning.

Couples married 5 years or more are invited to help host our Marriage Preparation workshop. St. Francis of Assisi holds 4 workshops per year on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and married couples share a presentation on a variety of topics: family of origin, communication, navigating finances, planning and parenting of children, and lifelong marriage. This is a good ministry for you and your spouse if you are comfortable speaking in front of groups about examples from your marriage, or if you would like to set up hospitality for events.

Couples married 10 years or more are invited to be part of our Mentor Couple team. Mentor Couples are trained to review the results of a pre-marital inventory to guide a confidential conversation around the engaged couples upcoming marriage. This conversation usually takes place in the mentor couple’s home, but can also happen at St. Frnacis of Assisi. This is a good ministry for you and your spouse if you are comfortable speaking one-on-one with another couple about their relationship.

Ready to make a difference in the life of an engaged couple? Contact Jason Lillis at jason.lillis@stfrancisraleigh.org for more information on our marriage preparation ministries, or call 919-847-8205 x244.