Participants of Pre-Marriage course in Sacred Heart Aug 8

By Agnes Chai

Aug 11 2020

KARAMUNSING – Engaged couples heaved a sigh of relief as registration reopens for the Pre-Marriage Course for three languages (English, Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu) at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish beginning Aug 8.

Fifteen couples responded to the first reopened course in English on Aug 8. Although the course was condensed to a one-day multiple sessions, in contrast to the normal 4-day course, the contents of the course were not compromised. However, with the new norm of conducting the course, the Natural Family Awareness (Planning) was conducted via Google Meet two days later.

Participants shared that the course was comprehensive and encouraging. The contents revealed many new areas which they have not come across before. In spite of it being condensed within a day, they benefited from the packed sessions.

On the other hand, they felt the lack of interaction but otherwise accepted the circumstances of the RMCO which did not allow the privilege of longer sessions. On the whole, they were grateful for being able to attend the course in the midst of RMCO, while the full compliance of the SOP being in place has put all fears to rest.

Protocol was fully observed in compliance to the SOP restrictions which included social distancing, wearing mask, hand sanitizing, temperature scan, and contact tracing.

Fr Sunny Chung is giving a session at the course

The Pre-Marriage Course is a series of sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of marriage, build strong foundations for their future together. It is based on Catholic principles, and is designed to help couples invest in their relationship for a lasting marriage.

Besides other pertinent topics, they learn to communicate well, understand and appreciate their differences, and prepare for potential challenges.

As required by the government, all parish activities, among which the marriage preparation course, were put on hold during the lockdown beginning Mar 18 as a way to curb the spread of the coronavirus.