Marriage Preparation

ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service provides Marriage Preparation courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. We wish to express our congratulations and best wishes to you both as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.

The Church rejoices in your decision to get married and offers its continued support to you as you journey together. The Church (the people of God) sees your marriage as a sign of God’s love among us. As ministers of the Sacrament of Marriage to each other you choose to live your married lives within the community of the Church.

The Sacrament enriches your lives in a very special way but it also enriches the community in which you will live. You become witnesses for Marriage to all with whom you make contact. Your parents, family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours celebrate your entry into Marriage and by their attendance at your wedding ceremony offer their continued support to you for your future.

Your decision to get married is a sign of your love and of your desire to be together as husband and wife. ACCORD in helping you to prepare for your Marriage is privileged to be part of your journey and offers you its continued support throughout your married life.

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Testimonials

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Quality time spent together in company of other couples travelling same road as us. Excellent facilitators. Clare Co Cavan


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Great time spent with my fiance - Rita, Co Offaly


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Excellent course ... Going through the wedding day process and paperwork details was a great help as us like many others was not up to date with process. Eoin Co Kerry


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Really enjoyed the course. Course segments ran well into each other, nice flow. Fr Michael's energy is contagious and Adrian's delivery of material was very engaging. Thank you. Fiona Co Longford


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I went into this course expecting it to be dictatorial and irrelevant. However, I was very pleasantly surprised at it's pragmatic content and informal delivery. Connor Belfast


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It was quite insightful and more interesting that I thought it would be. I definitely advise all couples to attend such a course prior to marriage as it gives perspective on key issues which could affect your relationship. Laura Tipperary


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My partner and I were quite skeptical prior to attending however the coordinators were fantastic and a lot of the topics addressed were very interesting and helpful in our relationship. Would definitely recommend to other couples. Maria & Connor Co Down


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Family of origin and conflict resolution very thoughtful made us think not individually but as a couple. Paul Waterford


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It has made our relationship stronger and we have already recommended it to friends that are due to get married. Paul Co Tyrone


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The course was very well organised and it actually gave time as a couple to think about what whe’re undertaking and it brought us more together. Theresa McC, County Antrim


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I found the course was beneficial. I though the facilitators that conducted the course were fantastic and made the course enjoyable and everyone feel very comfortable. Grainne, County Antrim


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Overall, I was very impressed with the course content and the facilitators were very friendly. Sharon, County Kildare


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Found the course overall very good, the activities were great and a fun way to discuss our hopes and plans as a married couple. Aine, Co Tipperary


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Perhaps make more places available. It is a good course, but we (myself & my Fianceé) were down to the last couple of places when we booked. I would like to commend our course facilitators as it was an excellent course, delivered in a way that made everyone at their ease. We had heard a lot of negative feedback/comments before the course that all proved to be not true in our situation, so word should get out there of how useful these courses can be and that they are positive and not arduous at all. Thomas, County Cork


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The course was well rounded and prompted discussion between couples on several topics that may not have been spoken about in such a way before. Overall the course was enjoyable and useful. Bernie, County Offaly


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We just completed a pre marriage course in Ennis today and I have to say it was really enjoyable and interesting and really got the two of us thinking about issues that we wouldn't necessarily consider.I will admit that I thought it would be a bit preachy but I was delighted to be proven wrong.Thank you to the facilitators who made our day so enjoyable


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We recently attended the course in Mullingar and we both found it useful and thought-provoking and we walked away even more in love. As with all things, couples will get out of this course what they put in. Knowing that we were due to go to the course had us chatting about things that we had not discussed and this continued on the course itself. It is something that I would recommend for couples? Yes, definitely.


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Myself and my fiancé just completed the pre marriage course in Balbriggan. I just wanted to email to let you know what a positive experience we found it. Our facilitators were brilliant.We had heard mixed reviews about pre marriage courses, and I was apprehensive. Before coming, I felt that if we learned one new thing, then it would be worth doing the course. In the end we both felt that we learned so much about ourselves and our relationship over the two days. I would highly recommend the course to others. We feel the course has brought us closer together.


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