I must admit, when the Christmas season kicked 2 months ago, Maki and I both decided to halt all the wedding preps we’ve been doing. It’s not that we’re busy but we needed a time-off from all the worries and just enjoy the holidays. I’m glad we did because when January came, we felt refreshed, excited and giddy again about everything. Haha.
Anyway, I would just like to say that when we were in the midst of not knowing stuff about weddings, what really helped were the stories from the blogs of random people I stumbled upon in the net. Now that we’re halfway through our preps, I think it’s our job too to pass on the experience eh? :P
I read my past post regarding our canonical interview with Don Bosco and realized that I didn’t really put any details on how it went.
Our interview was short. It lasted for not more than 10 minutes I think? I don’t know if this is really the case with the rest of the couples in Don Bosco but I believe what happened was, the couples before us took a lot of time that when it’s our turn, it’s already past six. I know the employees are eager to go home and the priest just went out of his way to cut our interview short.
There were no difficult questions at all. The parish priest just asked us our names, our respective parish, our date, whether we’re already confimed and so on. There were no subjective questions like “Why are you getting married?” etc. It was really a relief because I kept on reading some stories where the priest really acts as an inquisitor. We were really nervous while we were waiting that day.
Pre-Cana (Warning: I don’t mean to offend anyone, but take note that the following is coming from me, who is not a religous person.)
Oh, the dreaded pre-cana. I’m sorry to say, but I’m really not the type of person who is patient enough to sit down and listen to sermons. There are some things that I disagree with the Catholic Church and that’s the number one factor why I find it hard to sit and listen to biased teachings.
Anyway, the pre-cana started 8 in the morning. We’re late for 15 minutes but it was okay since the first hour is alloted for the registration. Before it officially started, we were each given a worksheet to answer. Then after that, there’s a short getting-to-know session between each couple and one of the facilitator. Basically, it was like a repeat of the canonical interview.
After the getting-to-know part, the lectures officially started. There were a lot of talks lined-up. Each talk is around 30-60 minutes long. Some of the speakers were fun to listen to, but some, I’m afraid, just read what’s written on the powerpoint.
There was a morning break in between the morning talks and they served us pancit. Which is really nice since everyone is really sleepy (and hungry too. haha).
Come lunch time, they served us free food from Jollibee. It was hassle free, you really don’t have to leave the compound at all.
After lunch, the talks were resumed. Around 3-4 in the afternoon, they served free merienda. :)
The talks continued until 6 in the evening.
Some of the talks were really useful and inspiring. Maki and I even talked about it afterwards. They weren’t entirely sermons where you couldn’t relate at all since it seems so righteous. It wasn’t like that. It was down to earth, something every couple could relate to even if you’re really not that religious.
After the pre-cana, we were then asked to collect our certificate 3 days after.
Our marriage counselling is scheduled this March 7. I have no idea what goes on in the counselling but, I remember I was told that it is just short. Around 1-2hrs I think. I’m not entirely sure at the moment. I’ll ask Don Bosco this coming weekend about it and will update this I promise. :)
I hope this will help future couples in anticipating what really happens in all the sessions you need to attend before you can have your big day. :)