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Weddings & Anniversaries

Resources for marriage

Marriage preparation
There are several ways to complete the required marriage preparation course. Some parishes have their own classes; many refer couples to diocesan programs. Here are some of the offerings:

Resident weekend
When: June 10-12, San Damiano Retreat, Danville
Begins at 7 p.m. June 10 and concludes with Mass at approximately 4:30 p.m. June 12. Gives each couple private time to discuss their reflection about the topics presented. Must stay the entire weekend.
Cost: $430 per couple
Register: bit.ly/1QInKEg

Commuter weekend
Two-day programs taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $250 per couple
Feb. 20-21, Pittsburg
March 19-20, Concord
April 2-3, Concord
April 16-17, Walnut Creek
May 21-22, Pittsburg
July 16- 17, Walnut Creek
Aug. 20-21, Pittsburg
Sept. 24-25, Pittsburg
Oct. 15- 16, Walnut Creek
Nov. 19- 20, Pittsburg
Dec. 3- 4, Walnut Creek
Register: bit.ly/1QInKEg

Evenings for the Engaged
Each series meets on the same evening for six consecutive weeks. The sessions are facilitated by a specially trained married couple and are usually held in the married couple's home. Four to six engaged couples will attend the in-home sessions. The sessions typically begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Cost: $250 per couple.
Register: Laura Windham, 510-267-8395

Remarriage Prep
The Remarriage Preparation program is for those considering remarriage after death/divorce of a spouse or for those entering marriage for the first time with someone who has been married before. This program begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and concludes at 5 p.m.
Cost: $250 per couple
Feb. 27-28, Concord
June 25-26, Concord
Nov. 5-6, Concord
Register: bit.ly/1QInKEg

Convalidation weekend
This program is designed for those couples who are married civilly and now wish to marry in the Church.
Cost: $250 per couple
Feb. 27-28, Concord
June 25-26, Concord
Nov. 5-6, Concord
Register: bit.ly/1QInKEg

Other resources
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend for married Christian couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together.
Contact: oaklandwwme.org/
Feb. 26-28, Dublin
Aug. 5-7, Dublin
Nov. 18-20, Dublin

Weekend program run by couples who have successfully overcome tremendous challenges to their own marriages. Many couples in this weekend are at the point of divorce – this will help them with tools to deal with their difficulties and rebuild damaged trust.
Feb. 26-28
Sept. 16-18
Contact: www.retrouvaille.org

For more resources, visit bit.ly/1lYkyaT

Source: Diocese of Oakland, Marriage and Family Life

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