Marriage Ministry

Marriage Preparation
For setting the date and time for a wedding and for the Introduction to the Sacrament of Marriage preparation process, please call one of the parish priests.

Sponsoring Couples
Sponsoring Couples help prepare couples for marriage by discussing the FOCCUS Inventory results with the couples in 3-4 sessions.
Sponsoring couples in our parishes now are:  Pat and Marla Walter, Leroy and Brandi Gross, Tom and Mary Geffre, Jason and Lynn Fossen.

Natural Family Planning
Leann Ripplinger is certified by the Diocesan Development Program for NFP - United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Creighton Model Fertility Care Introductory Sessions are offered at St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. This session will provide an overview of a wonderful, effective and chemical free method for building and strengthening marriages and families. It also features NaProTechnology, a scientifically-based and morally sound medical approach to women’s reproductive health and fertility enhancement. Engaged couples are encouraged to begin this training at least 3-6 months prior to their wedding.   Cost for Introductory Session Fee: $45 (includes 1st year materials) Follow-up sessions: $25/session. 5 sessions required to complete diocesan requirements. Call or email to register for class
Other Natural Planning Methods Available
Richard and Nicole Reis: Phone (701) 349-2314  
Billings Ovulation Method of America. Cost is $120 for 3 sessions and follow-up as needed. Materials included. Classes are taught on an individual basis. Call or e-mail for more information or to make an appointment. 
Richard and Nicole Reis are certified by the Diocesan Development Program for NFP - United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Eric and Suzie Lahlum: Phone (701) 669-2258
The Couple-to-Couple League Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning.
Cost is $135 for 3 sessions and includes materials. Classes are held at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, 540 3rd Ave NE, Valley City, ND from 2 to 4 pm on Sundays or from 7 to 9 pm on Mondays.  Call for more information.  Register at least one week before class to receive course materials.
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Annulments – Dispensations – Convalidations
For information on the annulment process, Please contact the parish office or one of the parish priests.