“Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute unfailing love with which God loves man.”- CCC 1604
Photo by Nicole Ens
Marriage is one of the most profound and exciting ways in which people experience the living God in their everyday lives. Through the love spouses show for one another and in the ways they bring this love to the world, in their children and by way of service, marriage becomes a beacon of hope in an often troubled world. It is important that couples do not simply coast into marriage without having the opportunity to discover and to claim for themselves their identity and purpose as husband and wife.
If you are struggling in your marriage or facing divorce, separation, or annulment, please contact us. Saint Anne’s Parish and the Diocese of Saskatoon have people and resources to help you. You don’t need to face this alone.
Please contact the parish for preliminary information about marriage and booking our facilities at least six months in advance.
To book the church or hall for your wedding, please contact:
Marriage Preparation Ministry
St. Anne’s Parish offers a marriage preparation ministry called Witness to Love that offers engaged couples the opportunity to partner and journey with a mentor couple to prepare for a healthy, vibrant, lifelong, Christ-centred marriage. Instead of offering marriage preparation classes on certain evenings or weekends, you and your mentor couple work through the Witness to Love materials with your mentor couple on your own time. It’s like marriage prep, homeschool version! Through journeying with your mentor couple, you will gain a deeper understanding of the sacrament of matrimony, develop tools for a healthy marriage, grow in your faith, and build a trusting relationship with your mentors which may last long beyond the wedding day. Although very flexible and rewarding, Witness to Love is a big commitment, and dedicated couples take at least 3-6 months to work through all the content.
How much does it cost?
The program only costs $50, but one of the requirements is that you meet with a natural family planning instructor, which costs at least $120 (in addition to the $50) depending on which method you choose.
How do we begin?
The first step is to find a mentor couple who:
- Have a marriage and faith you admire
- Have been Married in the Catholic Church for at least 5 years
- Are active in parish life
- Are not immediate family
Once a mentor couple is in place and you are ready to arrange a date for your orientation session, or for marriage preparation and other marriage information and support, please contact:
Clark Jaman, Coordinator of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation
To learn more about Witness to Love, visit witnesstolove.org
Meet The Marriage Prep Coordinator: Clark Jaman
Clark and his wife Courtney, with their son Judah and their daughter Felicity
Courtney and I were privileged to be one of the first couples in Canada to do Witness To Love Marriage Preparation, and we had a wonderful experience. Like any program, you get out of it as much as you put into it. The advantage of Witness to Love is that you can dive deep in to the program right away, since you ideally already have a relationship with your mentor couple.
Mentorship is a wonderful model for marriage preparation, because it goes beyond the wedding day. After the wedding, the storms will come. A few months after our own wedding, when the “honeymoon phase” wound down and we hit our first serious marital “rough patch,” we called up our mentor couple and did what we had already done six times; we went over to their house for supper. After supper, while their kids were getting ready for bed, I talked with him, and Courtney talked with her, and they coached us through the rough waters. The support of our mentor couple and other strong marriages in our Catholic community are essential for our own marriage. I look forward to meeting you and your beloved and introducing you the the Witness to Love movement!