Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage

Contact Mindy McBurney at for more information.

Living a Joy-filled Marriage

Helping prepare engaged couples to embrace God’s plan for the sacrament of matrimony is an honor and a privilege. In today’s climate, it is also a challenge. Joy-Filled Marriage is a marriage preparation program designed to meet that challenge. The two components of the program—Life Skills for Couples and God’s Plan for Love—are complemented by a beautiful Couple’s Journal. This program offers a comprehensive approach to marriage preparation that covers not only the sacramentality and theology of marriage but the practical life skills necessary to live out the rich Catholic vision of marriage.

This program incorporates a three-stage approach:

  • Learning Stage: Couples learn sound principles and a fresh, virtue-based approach to life skills, as well as the Catholic vision of marriage and the beautiful and significant gift of sexuality.

  • Discuss and Discover Stage: Through a variety of focused questions and activities, couples discuss their relationships, learn about themselves, and begin applying what they have learned.

  • Plan and Build Stage: Couples recognize topics they may need to discuss at a later date, identify shared goals, and set a unified vision to build a joy-filled marriage. All this is captured in one wonderful keepsake, the Couple’s Journal.

This program will help participants:

  • Appreciate what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage, and why

  • Embrace the gift of grace that makes a lifelong, joy-filled marriage possible

  • Explore important topics, identify shared goals, and set concrete plans to build a joy-filled marriage

Upcoming Classes:

February 20 , 2021

April 10, 2021

June 12, 2021

August 14, 2021

October 9, 2021

December 11, 2021

The workshops are held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Ministries & Administration Building

at the corner of Devine Street and Bonham Street.

To pre-register, complete form and send it to Ben Jett at 3512 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.
Additional Resources:

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC  29205


Fax: 803.799.7607


St. Joseph Catholic School


Fax: 803.540.1913


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Parish Office Hours:

Weekdays:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Weekends: Closed

Church Hours:

Open for private prayer

Mondays-Fridays:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Directions to St. Joseph's and Map of Campus

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