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The Art of Accompanying Couples Preparing for Marriage

  Parish Centre, Żejtun

“The art of accompanying couples” provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by leading couples who are commencing their ministry with engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage. This course introduces those new to this ministry in the art of creating the necessary group dynamics, accompanying individual couples, keeping up to date with information and methodologies in this particular field. This course addresses these needs by modelling the learning outcomes in the methodology of the course itself.

The intended learning outcomes: 

By the end of this course the students will be able to:

  • facilitate a group of young couples preparing for Christian marriage
  • accompany on a basic spiritual and emotional level young engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage.
  • couples who are being introduced to the ministry of accompanying couples towards the sacrament of marriage; 
  • other couples who are already accompanying couples towards marriage as a form of ongoing formation.  (commonly known as koppji mexxejja) 

Target Audience Age: 19-65+

The course is delivered on Fridays between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Throughout the course, the participants will be mentored by experienced Cana Couple Leaders (koppja mexxejja) Mr Chris and Ms Rosanne Triganza. Through useful tips and experiences, the couple can help participants with any queries they might have and to better understand their future role as a Cana Couple Leader (koppja mexxejja).

DateSessionLecturers
30th SeptemberSession 1: Group Dynamics Mr Joseph Pellicano
7th OctoberSession 2: Skills for Accompanying Individuals Rev. Prof Paul Galea
14th OctoberSession 3: Growing Deeper in the Spiritual Dimension Mr Claudio and Ms Antoinette Laferla
21st OctoberSession 4: Exploring Available Resources Part 1: Family Planning and Sexuality  Ms Christine Galea
28th OctoberSession 5: Exploring Available Resources
Part 2: Issues with moral theology related to the family 
Rev Prof. Emmanuel Agius
4th & 11th NovemberSession 6: Assessment Presentation by the Participating Couples Fr Charles Attard and Fr Aayrton Muscat
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. This will give the participants the chance to observe what being a couple leader (koppja mexxejja) entails.

This course is held on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates
SessionDatesTimes
SeptemberFriday 30th September 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
OctoberFridays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th October 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Presentation SessionFridays 4th & 11th November 20226:00pm – 9:00pm
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. Dates and location for this arrangement will be discussed individually with the applicants.

Assessment: short presentation during the last course session.

Certification: Certificate of Achievement

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, a student must; attend all the contact hours, complete the leading couple shadowing experience and pass successfully the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Cana Movement together with Pastoral Formation Institute.

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.