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Marriage Prep Goes Online During the Quarantine

May 22, 2020 8:16 pm

The Archdiocese of Miami has now hosted two online marriage preparation programs during the quarantine here in South Florida. The first one was April 25 & 26, 2020 and the second one was May 9 & 16 (from 8:30am – 5:30pm each day).

The Archdiocese of Miami utilized the Transformed in Love marriage preparation program that covers 12 topics, including a teaching mass. Through GoToWebinar technology, the engaged couples were able to log on from where they were and then throughout the day, the team at the Archdiocese emceed and coordinated with the team of married couples and priests to give each of them the ability to share their own screen so the engaged couples could see them present the material and the slides at the same time. The online technology allowed for interaction, questions, comments, etc. The only thing missing was the in-person interaction, especially between the couples. But, given the circumstances, the online option seemed to work well!

We are so grateful to the many couples and the two priests who shared their time, wisdom, and witness through these online programs! As usual, many participants commented how much they appreciated hearing from the team members.

We were privileged to help train some new presenters on new topics for the program and we have even helped out by presenting a topic or two ourselves. It is a blessing and gift for us to still be actively working to strengthen the vocation of marriage during this quarantine in this way! We were particularly struck by the generosity and great faith of the diocesan and parish teams and the couples and priests and thank God for the many graces in their lives that make them so willing to help prepare these couples for marriage!

Please pray for all of the engaged couples in these programs and the team members who so generously gave of their time. May many graces flow for all of them. And may they, and all they know and love, stay safe, healthy, and close to God during these difficult and uncertain times.

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