The premarriage course is one way the Church wishes to help all who are getting married. At the premarriage course you will have time for yourselves as a couple, time to reflect with other couples on the meaning of this moment in your lives, time with counsellors who give of their time to assist you in every way, and time to further enrich your understanding of the commitments you make in Christian marriage. The key focus of the course is not on the wedding day but on your marriage to which you are committing with your partner.
The premarriage course is a time for relieving pressure rather than creating it. The course presenters respectfully recognise your free decision to get married. The providers of the courses do not seek to judge that decision and wish to support you and to assist you.
Your active participation in discussions with your partner, with other couples in small groups, and in open-floor discussions will be welcomed and encouraged—but never demanded. It is in your own best interest to book a premarriage course as early as possible; ideally, this should be done at least one year before the date of your wedding. This way, you will have better choices about which course you can participate in.
Premarriage Course Providers
The following courses are recognised by the Cork and Ross Diocese as meeting the requirements of the Irish Episcopal Conference for premarriage preparation:
Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
Address: 34 Paul Street, Cork
Tel: 021 4272277
Organises pre-marriage courses in Cork city.
Address: 119 Patrick Street, Cork (Entrance is on Drawbridge St.)
Tel: 021 4272213