Many couples get married before discussing, let alone experiencing, the effect that practical issues will have on their relationship. Couples that have been building their relationship for a long time often say, “we’re practically married already” or “nothing’s going to change.” The facts are, “no you aren’t” and “yes it will.”
Discussion Points Throughout This Session
- How do you, as an engaged couple, address practical issues that you already encounter? How will this change when you marry?
- Will both of you maintain careers or will you live with one income? How will this decision affect your balance of work and family life?
- What are the most important values that two people bring to a marriage?
This segment features a married couple of more than 20 years, having raised three children. Peggy Durocher is the Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Minister at St. Frances Cabrini. She has been a team member of the marriage preparation program at the parish for eight years. She received her Associates in Arts and Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology.
Mark Durocher is the Quality Manager for a automotive manufacturer in Michigan and the International Quality Coordinator for an international firm. He has been a member of the Stewardship Committee at his church and a team member of its marriage preparation program for nearly 10 years.