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Welcome to the Pre-Cana Day Information & Application Page

The Archdiocese of New York’s Family Life Office is looking for young married Catholic couples to be part of a new and evolving multimedia Pre-Cana Day (Marriage Prep Program).

We have rebuilt our program to incorporate new and exciting digital components, but we need you as a married couple to help us lead this program with your faith, witness and real-life experience.

The new Pre-Cana day is a day of faith, witness and community that is built around short, high-quality video modules and engaging facilitators who can provide practical advice for the engaged couples on topics including self-awareness, communication, commitment, and decision-making. The day is also designed to help couples understand and embrace a Catholic vision of married love.

We are currently recruiting for two roles:

Facilitator Couples

What does the Facilitator Couple need to do?

  • The Facilitator Couple (FC) has the responsibility for orchestrating all of the Pre-Cana day’s program components. (e.g., verbal presentations, introduction of digital/video segments, overseeing couple exercises, answering questions, etc.).
  • The FC will focus on providing a radical hospitality throughout the day.
  • The FC will operate the onsite technology (PC, projector, video, audio).
  • The FC will open and close the program with prayer.
  • Introduce and explain the purpose/goal of each segment.
  • Lead the couples through the day, maintaining the time schedule and format.
  • The FC will be the focal point for questions and/or problems that will arise.
    • Questions will mostly be answered from a prepared FAQ, but the FC will need to adapt to specific circumstances. For example, if a priest is present, he would the primary person to answer a question regarding the Church teaching and/or the sacrament.
    • If problems arise with the technology or the facility, the FC will reference available instructions and/or on call FL support staff.

What would you be signing up for?

The facilitator couple’s role will require at least four (4) Saturdays a year, 8:00 (or 8:30) am to 5:00 (or 5:30) pm, along with initial training, and then individual preparation before each Pre-Cana Day assigned (e.g., technology check, review of all materials, etc.). We may also ask you to attend an annual spiritual retreat to renewal your strength and gifts of grace.

What special gifts and skills do you need? Here are the requirements:

  • A married Catholic couple who is passionate for Christ and His Church, and have the ongoing desire and effort to grow more Christ-like in character.
  • A married Catholic couple who is a visible witness [of the love of Jesus] to others and publicly model a Catholic married life.
  • A married Catholic couple who is fun and faith-filled, but who is also teachable and open to guidance and correction.
  • The couple has a passion for helping couples preparing for a Catholic marriage.
  • At least one spouse should have excellent verbal communications skills.
  • At least one spouse should have excellent technology skills, (Internet, Microsoft applications, PC, PC accessories & projectors).
  • At least one spouse should have demonstrated effectiveness in group leadership, dynamics and problem-solving to be able to orchestrate a natural flowing day with required content [digital, video, verbal], food, breaks, prayer and questions.
  • The couple should be disciplined, and able to stay on point (covering all program topics [e.g., bullet points in PowerPoint program], not adding or eliminating any points.
  • The couple should have a strong physical, spiritual and emotional presence, leading a group of 100+ people (50+ couples) through a day-long experience that is a memorable, spiritual, and evangelizing event!
  • The couple has an understanding of the relationship of Catholic Teaching to the sacramental nature of a strong Catholic marriage.
  • The couple should be confident and secure in their relationship with Christ and His Church and not seek validation of their own biases.
  • The couple must understand the concept of continuous change and learning.

How will you be compensated?

Facilitator Couples will be paid a stipend of between $400 and $600 for their leadership role in facilitating the Pre-Cana Day. The level of compensation will be based on the skills and experience of the couple.

If the couple facilitates five (5) or less Pre-Cana days, they will be paid the stipend reference above, and receive a 1099 at the end of the year.

If the couple facilitates six (6) or more Pre-Cana days, we will most likely ask the couple or individual to become part-time employees of the Archdiocese.

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Host Couples

What does the Host Couple need to do?

  • The host couple is the first point of contact for couples attending the Pre-Cana day. Ideally this is a couple who is truly a good witness to marriage, and who insures a positive first impression during the welcome and sign-in process as well as throughout the day.
  • The host couple’s role is to:
    • Truly welcome the couples to the Pre-Cana Day and focus on radical hospitality
    • Sign them in for the day (i.e., take attendance)
    • Give the couples all required materials
    • Instruct the couples about the start time, food/drink available, location of the bathrooms and any other “housekeeping” and/or initial questions/information that the couples may have
  • The host couple will also assist with/handle the food requirements for the day (lunch, snacks).
  • As much as possible, the host couple should be available to mingle with the couples during breaks or lunch.
  • The host couple may be open to the growth path of becoming a facilitator couple [who facilitates the day], or witness/companion couple [who can share testimony at marriage events/Pre-Cana or simply befriend the engaged couples], or a mentor couple [potentially to be developed].

What would you be signing up for?

The host couple’s role will require at least four (4) Saturdays a year, 8:00 (or 8:30) am to 2:00 (or 2:30) pm. We may also ask you to attend an annual spiritual retreat to renewal your strength and gifts of grace. There is also a growth opportunity to become a Facilitator Couple.

What special gifts and skills do you need? Here are the requirements:

  • A Catholic couple [at least one spouse is Catholic] who is passionate for the mission of preparing couples for the sacrament of marriage
  • The couple believes in the Real Presence of the Eucharist [at least the Catholic spouse] and is a member of a Catholic parish
  • The couple can follow the directives of the Pre-Cana leadership (the Family Life staff and the onsite Pre-Cana Day facilitators), completing registration tasks and helping out in general where needed
  • At least one spouse should have:
    • Strong verbal communications skills
    • Excellent rapport with strangers
    • Attractive personality (may be outgoing, gentle, sensitive, hospitable, etc.)
    • Strong initiative and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment

How will you be compensated?

If the couple hosts five (5) or less Pre-Cana days each year, they will be paid a stipend of $125 for their service and hospitality role in the Pre-Cana Day. The couple will receive a 1099 at the end of the year.

If the couple hosts six (6) or more Pre-Cana days, we will most likely ask the couple or individual to become part-time employees of the Archdiocese.

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