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.
I was quite surprised by the course, I had heard from various friends that had done the course that it was quite rigid and old fashioned. We found the facilitators easy going and approachable and made the course enjoyable. We found ourselves talking about parts of the course and raised questions that we hadn’t talked about before. A and M Cavan
The facilitators were fantastic and I have to say my partner and I most definitely got the opportunity to discuss new topics/issues that we might not have even thought about prior to the course T Carlow
Myself and my partner where very doubtful about taking the course I we thought there wasn't anything we needed to learn but we left with a lot of knowledge and learned to deal with any of the modules we learned from how to deal with them if they ever happened in are marriage. J G Antrim
To be honest I was a little apprehensive about completing the course and had heard some negative comments before. However myself and my fiancé were very pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We feel we took a lot from it and it has totally cemented to us that we are doing the right thing – S. Antrim
So informative for people who want a Catholic Marriage. All the advice about communication/conflict management I will use in the future. I was so emotional, in a good way, when the prayer at the end of the course was said. Really makes you think about your journey in marriage and it’s not just a destination. I gained loads from this course as did my partner. Thank you. L. Kildare
Extremely important topics covered during the course. The workbooks and exercises were very meaningful and really helped us as a couple to realise where we had many common values but also highlighted topics where we had different opinions. The course showed us that communication was paramount for us to work as a couple and to have a strong marriage. We both really learned from the course and where delighted that we picked the Accord course .C Dublin.
I would highly recommend this course for any couple entering marriage. C. Kildare
As a couple we were very nervous going to this course but the course instructors made this a relaxed and enjoyable experience one which I think has brought us closer as a couple. Even though we have been together so long there was so many things we realised we never discussed and we so happy to see we were on the same page about a lot of things. I think this time spent at the course gave us time to reflect on us as people and as a couple and with new understanding the confidence to really talk about things and to see past the wedding day to the marriage and time we will spend together. A. Cavan
Overall me and my partner took more from the course than we thought we would cannot thank facilitators enough as they made the course fun. M Derry
We both were not sure about the course and really it was something that needed to be ticked off the list but in reality it turned out great, we really enjoyed it and it was great to see how aligned we were in terms of our thoughts on each topic! So all looks great for the future! A Wexford
Very helpful preparing for married lives brilliant feedback advised for each other as a married couple - C. Cork
I think it gives a stepping stone on your path to married life. Gives a different look on things. - D Tipperary
The course makes you really think about your relationship but for many it may be too late to change your mind as venue etc are booked, the course was really helpful but maybe it could be done in the early stages of relationships and commitment decisions. For me I found the course really helpful for myself and my partner. It reaffirmed that we were making the right decision and there were helpful tips to lead us to a successful and happy marriage - K Sligo
They made you feel relaxed from the start we were nervous but that all faded from the first 10 mins. M. Galway
I really enjoyed taking part in our previous marriage preparation. It was practical, useful and relevant to modern day living. The facilitators were friendly and approachable. I can honestly say we both learnt a lot and benefited from the course. H Dublin
The course took me by surprise really - wasn't sure what to be expecting - possibly was expecting it to be more religious - but was pleasantly surprised with the course content and found it delivered in a very easy to understand way - and realized there are so many more elements to marriages and that you need to give them all attention at different times - the course was presented in a fun manner with nothing forced onto you. C. Louth
It started a lot of conversations between me and my partner. We are together 17 years and would have talked about everything at some point but things change over time and our expectations had changed somewhat so it was good that we had the chance to talk through them C. Dublin
We are still reflecting upon what we gained at the weekend and we believe, we have a better understanding about our future together and are ready to embrace it. Thanks for providing us with food for thought. Everyone was fantastic and truly enlightened us in a positive way! W. E. Monaghan
I think this course is very worthwhile; it was good to have time out to just think about our relationship without interruption –G. Dublin