Catholic Catedral of St. Mary in Lviv (Ukraine)
Will not be happening.
Apparently the diocese in Phoenix requires 9 months of marriage preparation. No if, ands, or buts about it. No exceptions. Under any circumstances. (Let me remind you, we are 5 months away from our nuptials.)
No Catholic pre-marital counseling for us. My Guy is not Catholic...and my relationship has shifted rather significantly with the church in recent years (but that is a whoooooole different story)....so...this situation isn't exactly devastating. Except for the fact that I really wanted to take part in pre-marital counseling. I think it is of benefit to any couple, and it's something that My Guy and I discussed doing long before we were engaged. I think it's important to have those difficult conversations before saying "I Do..." and I think having an moderator to facilitate discussion would add significantly to the experience.
The Deacon assured me that the church's stance on marriage preparation was sound. With the divorce rate being so astounding, they want to make sure that the couple is really ready for marriage. Of course. Makes sense. That's all well and good, but we don't have 9 months, we have 6 months.
I'm still interested in pre-marital counseling...so I have some digging to do. Any suggestions?