The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature, ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of sacrament.
Although we recognize that all of your life has been preparing you for this new journey in faith, we believe that the seriousness of marriage commitment requires an equally serious time of preparation be set aside before the sacramental celebration. The preferred time frame to start the preparation is one year, no less than six months prior to the wedding date.
You begin the process by clicking the wedding preparation form on the left, which will be submitted to Fr. Marco Rangel. He will contact you regarding setting an appointment to begin collecting the necessary documentation. Prince of Peace Catholic Community and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas cooperate to provide several different programs and services to help you formulate the most beneficial program for your selves.
The parish offers a premarital inventory called FOCCUS (Facilitation, Open Couple Communication , Understanding and Study) which identifies attitudes, values, and behavior, which the couple needs to discuss in order to know each other adequately enough for marriage. After completing the FOCCUS assessment, the couple may select one of the followinhg programs:
Prince of Peace Sponsor Couple Program: Using the FOCCUS assessment and In Faithful Love (a program designed to explore the FOCCUS results) married couples selected from the parish work with engaged couples to help them better understand the nature of sacramental marriage. The Sponsor Couple is trained by the Diocese and volunteer their time to support those desiring marriage in the Church.
The Engaged Encounter: The Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat for couples planning a marraige. It is designed to give couples an opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future life together. Interdenominational and interfaith couples, as well as those who are both Catholic, are most welcome. An ideal time to for couple to attend is six months prior to the wedding date. To make arrangements to participate in an Engaged Encounter, contact the Diocese Marriage Ministry at 214-528-3260
Your wedding liturgy will be planned in consultation with the presider. The wedding coordinator will help with guidelines for use of the parish facilities.