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These answers of your Frequently Asked Questions will help you understand the what, why, where, and how of the One In Christ seminar.

General Questions

Why should we go through the One In Christ marriage preparation program?

Engaged couples that have already completed the One In Christ program have shared with us that after completing the program it helped them become closer to God and each other.  They shared that they now understand the truth, beauty and good of a Catholic marriage.

Think of all the preparation you have done for your career or job.  Most of us spend years studying or learning.  Think of the preparation taken for your wedding day.  Most people spend months planning and many dollars preparing for their wedding.  But how much time and effort do we spend preparing for what we hope will last 50 or 60 years - our marriage?

Ask yourself this question, "Am I willing to dedicate some time to hearing ideas, personal experiences, and learning skills that will help to make my marriage the best it can be?"

What happens at a One In Christ seminar?

Part One of the seminar consists of a series of presentations over a main weekend and a follow up Saturday. Led by a team of married Catholic couples and a priest, the two of you are encouraged to talk and pray privately with each other after each presentation.

An atmosphere is created for the two of you to concentrate exclusively on each other, free of the distractions, pressures and interruptions of daily living – a “time out” away from home, friends, and wedding preparations. It is a thought provoking seminar, specifically designed to give you the opportunity to talk honestly and intensively about your future together – an opportunity to discover a deeper appreciation of your relationship and God’s call to unite in a permanent union, the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Through personal sharing, the members of the facilitating married couples talk about what the Sacrament of Matrimony means to them individually and the impact a great Christian marriage can have on the world. Our goal is not just to present information on marriage, but rather to help couples see the what, why and how of the Church’s teaching in relation to marriage. That is why we begin with the basic catechesis on the Catholic Faith and interweave it throughout the seminar. Couples find their faith reinvigorated by learning the Church's teachings in the context of marriage preparation.

Part Two of the seminar consists of in depth classes where you will continue the journey by learning about the natural signs that God has placed in a woman’s body to detect fertility during her cycle which is called Natural Family Planning (NFP). Science has learned of God’s natural method which is easy to learn. NFP has been proven to be 99% effective in determining fertility for deeper communication on achieving or postponing pregnancy.

How many sessions are there for the One In Christ?

The One In Christ marriage preparation program consists of two parts. Part One consists of three separate days. In keeping with Church Teaching and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops on “Married Love and the Gift of Life” the Part Two Requirement consists of Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes that the engaged couple will need to typically schedule to begin after the completion of Part One Requirement. These classes will be located at a different location and will depend on the approved NFP provider that the engaged couple chooses based on the couples needs and schedule.

Is it required to attend the entire One In Christ?

YES. It is very important that you attend and participate in the entire seminar (both Part One and Part Two). The seminar is designed for couples to build upon their knowledge through each presentation. By the end of the seminar, couples have the education and tools they need to help them prepare for a successful marriage.

Along with your priest who will be marrying you, the One In Christ Board of Directors, Administrators, and Facilitators take your marriage preparation very seriously. Once you fully participate and attend Parts One and Two of the seminar, the One In Christ Administrators will send a Certificate of Completion to the priest or deacon who is marrying you.

What if we can't attend the back to back weekends for the Part One Seminar?

Please contact us to discuss options and how we need to handle proper registration.  While all three days are required and must be taken in sequence, some engaged couples have attended the first Saturday and/or Sunday and then come back to finish the seminar by attending the Sunday and/or follow-up Saturday in a future One In Christ session. 

For example, an engaged couple would register for a January seminar and attend the first Saturday and Sunday of the January seminar.  Then return to attend the follow up Saturday in the March seminar to complete the Part One Requirement.

How soon before our wedding should we attend?

Sign up as soon as possible as the seminar is designed to inspire ongoing discussion and reflection for both of you as you continue to prepare for marriage.

Because preparing for your marriage is so important, you should register for a seminar which is held no later than nine months before your wedding. For example, if your wedding is in July, you should attend the seminar in October, at the latest.

Try not to take the Part One seminar right before your wedding just in case something comes up, i.e. sickness, death in the family, etc. Part One Seminars are presented every few months, so its good to schedule an earlier one so you can fall back on a later one.

Does One In Christ satisfy the Catholic Church's requirement for marriage preparation?

Within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, One In Christ is endorsed as fulfilling this requirement. This program is also frequently accepted in other Dioceses and states. Whether in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis or elsewhere, your priest always has the final say on what he will accept for your marriage preparation. Please check with the priest who will officiate your wedding before registering.

At the conclusion of you attending and completing the work for Part One and Part Two of the One In Christ program, we will send a Certificate of Completion to the priest or deacon preparing you for marriage.  We will put you in copy of this email so you have a copy of the Certificate of Completion as well.

Do the teaching couples (facilitators) swear on Oath to the Fidelity to the Magisterium?

Yes, all our trained One In Christ facilitators who present the Catholic Church's teaching on Marriage and the Family swear an Oath to the Fidelity to the Magisterium.

Do I have to be Catholic?

No. One In Christ Seminar is a marriage preparation program for couples asking to be married in the Catholic Church. It will provide an excellent opportunity for you and your fiancé to understand the truth, good, and beauty of a Catholic Christian Marriage. One In Christ does present God as a focus for a successful Christian marriage. While the weekend will be presented in a Catholic expression of the Christian faith, the seminar is open to couples of mixed faiths.

What if we are civilly married?

After you meet with your priest and he schedules your wedding, you are welcome to attend the One In Christ seminar as you prepare for your sacramental marriage within the Church.

Are you able to accommodate my ADA disability?

We strive to ensure that all couples are able to fully experience and participate in the One in Christ marriage preparation program. If you may require an accommodation to participate in a One in Christ seminar, please contact us as soon as possible with the details of the request and we will do our best.

Please note that our resources as a volunteer-run non-profit organization are limited and the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act do not apply to One in Christ.

Questions About the Seminar

Where is the One In Christ seminar held?

We are blessed to be able to hold our seminars at different parishes around the Indianapolis, Indiana area. The location depends upon the seminar you choose. Please check our seminar dates under Register to see the locations available.

If you are looking for other One In Christ seminars outside the Indianapolis, Indiana area, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if there is a seminar in your local area. One In Christ was started in the Chicago area and has grown to different diocese across the United States.

What does the Part 1 seminar cost?

The current cost of the Part 1 seminar is $220 per couple. This fee covers all three Part One sessions, meals, and books.

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit cards via PayPal. If you have a PayPal account you can pay through your checking account.

Please note: If you cancel your reservation within 14 days of the seminar, there will be a $100 cancellation fee.

What does the Part 2 seminar cost?

Since this depends on your choice of approved Natural Family Planning (NFP) provider, you will need to check with them on the different payment choices. Please Note: If choosing the CCL provider, the Live On-Site is the only class to fulfill OIC requirements..

For a description of the NFP methods, click here. For more details on Part 2 classes within the Indianapolis area, click here.

NOTE: Please contact us if you are planning on using a different NFP provider than those listed on our NFP Provider form.

If you need to start Part 2 before completing Part 1 of the seminar, please contact us.

What should we bring to the weekend?

Please be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Comfortable clothing for the seminar, however please note that Mass is available for those who wich to attend after Saturday's seminar, thus proper attire should be worn.
  • Any medications or special dietary needs.
  • Be sure to remember to bring your Pre-Work reading notes.

What is the seminar schedule?

Upon registration, you will see the general timeframe for each seminar. A few weeks prior to the seminar, you will receive a Welcome Email with more details. Part Two class schedule will depend on the Natural Family Planning provider you choose.

Are there any ground rules for the seminar?

Yes, we do ask that you observe a few basic rules.

  • Do not bring anything that will be a distraction to you as a couple such as iPads or other items that may distract you.
  • Turn off all electronic devices such as cell phones during the presentations.
  • Please do not bring children or pets to the seminar. Make arrangement for their care prior to your seminar. The seminar is for you to focus on each other.
  • Be on time. As we have a very tight schedule, please arrive and return from breaks on time.

Are you able to accommodate my special diet needs?

We will do our best.  Please indicate any special dietary needs when registering.

Can we make plans for the Saturday evening of the main weekend?

Please leave Saturday evening open as you will have some reading assignments that will need to be read prior to the Sunday seminar.

What is the difference between Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods?

Click here for a comparison of the different NFP methods or contact a provider for detailed information.

Questions About Registration

Do I need to register for both my fiancé and myself?

You only need to register ONCE for BOTH you and your fiancé.

When does registration end?

Due to requirements by the caterer, registration ends a week prior to the start of the seminar and seating is limited. If you are trying to register a week prior, please contact us to see if an exception can be made.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Please contact us ASAP. Please note: If you cancel your reservation within 14 days of the seminar, there will be a $100 cancellation fee.

What if a seminar is sold out?

It is very important to register early.  If the seminar is sold out, please select another seminar date.  If a different seminar is not available we request that the priest who is marrying you contact us to discuss options and alternatives.

Is the One In Christ marriage preparation fee included in my parish church fee?

No, the Part One and Part Two seminars of the One In Christ marriage preparation program are separate fees.

Questions About Natural Family Planning (NFP)

What are the NFP methods?

The Part 2 Requirement consists of in-depth Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes that you will need to schedule to begin AFTER the completion of the Part 1 Seminar. These classes will be located at a different location and will depend on the date that you choose. Part 2 classes are a separate cost and will be billed at the time of sign up. For a description of the NFP methods, click here.

Who are NFP providers in the Indianapolis & Bloomington areas?

For details on the Natural Family Planning providers in the Indianapolis and Bloomington areas, click here.

Please Note: If choosing the CCL provider, the Live On-Site is the only class to fulfill OIC requirements..

What if I misplaced my NFP Certificate of Attendance?

If you misplaced your NFP Certificate of Attendance for the NFP Instructor to sign, download a copy to print.

May I start Part 2 before completing Part 1?

If you need to start Part 2 before completing Part 1 of the seminar, please contact us.

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