Jesus performed his first miracle at Cana. It was when he changed water into wine at a wedding feast. Since the wedding took place in Cana, the word Cana has become synonymous with “wedding,” hence Pre-Cana means before the wedding.
Pre-Cana is a series of classes for couples planning to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. Each couple must attend one of the three programs available. Pre-Cana programs should be attended as early as possible in your preparations.
Parish Pre-Cana Program
Our Lady of Victory Marriage Preparation Program – In this program, which consists of 6 sessions, married couples from the parish share their hospitality and experiences with four or five engaged couples in their home. The first and last sessions are held at the Church. The married couples facilitate discussions on communications, morality, sexuality, and spirituality.
Diocesan Pre-Cana Program
This program takes place in a large group setting at various locations on Long Island. Registration and scheduling information can be found on the diocesan website: www.drvc.org. Go to the Worship/Sacraments link and then to Marriage. Information about FOCCUS, an online questionnaire, can also be obtained on that website. FOCCUS is required in the Diocesan Program.
Engaged Encounter Weekend
This program involves a full weekend where each couple can concentrate exclusively on one another. Information can be obtained at www.engagedencounterli.org
For the Pre-Cana form, please click here.