A team of facilitators, composed of married couples Ian and Tricia Monsod, Simon and Rina Villalon, Rocky and Yen Chan, Jaime and Karen Blanco, Mike and Monette Gomez, Doy and Jeannie Bitanga, take turns presenting the different modules designed to prepare engaged couples for the challenges of married life.
The seminar aims to provide the couples a better understanding of the commitments they make in a Catholic Marriage and how they can strengthen it. The topics covered are Catholic Marriage, Theology of the Body, Marriage Rite, Family of Origin, Marital Relationship including Sex, Parenting, Financial Stewardship, Communication in Marriage, Responsible Parenthood, Contraception and Natural Family Planning.
Parish Priest Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM, gives an exhortation on the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and getting involved in their chosen parish to enrich their marriage. He gives the participants an opportunity to go to confession before the group is moved to the main church for the 6 PM mass.
The day concludes with the recognition of the engaged couples at the mass where they are given a special blessing and awarded a certificate of completion.
SSAP Pre-Cana seminars are scheduled on the first Saturday of the month. Pls. come at 8AM, program starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 7PM. Register online, here, or with Susan at the Parish Office, 843-8830 to 31 #4 and provide your preferred schedule, individual full names, nicknames, contact numbers and email addresses. If your wedding is not going to be held at SSAP, pls. seek permission from your wedding’s church before signing up for SSAP Pre-Cana.
Married couples who would like to volunteer as facilitators may contact 09164402829.
SSAP Pre-Cana Seminar is set to begin November 7
A core group of volunteer parishioners underwent a one-day formation seminar on September 26, 2015 with top faculty from the Franciscan formation center to equip them with the basic knowledge and tools to give Pre-Cana seminars to couples scheduled to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish.
Noted Theology professor Dr Jose de Mesa lectured on the Theology of Marriage, – charting out how marriage has evolved over the years – from the era in which marital relations were regarded as inferior to an ascetic lifestyle – until the present day in which Catholic marriage bears the challenge of discipleship or being authentic followers of Jesus.
Canon lawyer Father Eugene Canete outlined the historical perspective of marriage in the Catholic Church and discussed the values upheld by theChurch in marriage, and the possible impediments to or grounds for nullity in a valid Sacrament.
Franciscan professor Rev Andres (Chito) Ranoa, OFM elaborated on the marriage rites including the choice of scripture, music, and accoutrements to be used at the wedding ceremony. Upon SSAP parish priest, Fr. Reu Galoy’s behest, participants were equipped with the necessary knowledge and guidelines to be able to conduct Canonical interviews as prerequisite to undergoing the Pre-Cana Seminar.