Sponsor Couple Program

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Our Catholic community considers Christian marriage a unique calling, believing that the married couple, in their love for one another, models Christ’s unconditional love. In their daily “yes” to one another, the married couple acts as Christ’s witness in today’s world.  Helping engaged couples develop the skills and motivations, required to live such a sacramental life-style, is the ultimate goal of marriage preparation.

The Sponsor Couple Marriage Preparation Program consists of the online FOCCUS inventory and four evening sessions at the Sponsor Couple's home. The Sponsor Couple acts as facilitators, guiding the engaged couple through a preparation program designed to lead them to a deeper understanding of one another and their call to the vocation of Christian marriage.

The requirements to become a Sponsor Couple are as follows:

  • Couple has a sacramental marriage (blessed by the Catholic Church)
  • Couple has been married for a minimum of five years
  • Couple upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Completes diocesan training for FOCCUS and "For Better and For Ever"

This program is important to engaged couples and rewarding to the Sponsor Couples. The program has been a part of marriage preparation at St. Joseph since 1993.

If you are preparing for marriage and would like more information about the marriage preparation process, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor Couple, please contact Lydia at


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