Parish Rollout Map

After finishing your final exam/quiz online or attending a live training, it’s important you follow each step of the rollout process to ensure a fruitful and successful implementation of Witness to Love.

 

Step 1. IDENTIFY YOUR TEAM

Discuss the first page of your Parish Snapshot with your pastor and then identify your WTL parish team.

Note that the team should include everyone who will continue to have contact with the engaged couple or their mentors. In a small parish the team may be 1-3 people but in a large parish of twenty or more weddings a year it may be 3-10 people. Every person that you would like on the team does not need to be identified prior to implementing WTL but all obvious team members should gather at least once prior to rollout. Potential people to invite are: Clergy, parish staff who have contact with engaged couples (e.g., secretary, wedding coordinator), volunteers, traditional mentor couples, marriage counselors, evangelists and couples you would consider as “showcase” mentor couples should an engaged couple not know anyone to ask.

 

Step 2. ORDER MATERIALS

Order your materials: English and Spanish. Remember to check your email right after ordering to make sure your access codes for your couples did not go to your spam. Each code can be used only once. Directions for the couples on how to use the codes is in the email template below. Print off extra copies of the WTL Info Piece English  or the WTL Info Piece Spanish. Also, the WTL Mentors Guide in Spanish or the WTL Mentors Guide in English to give out with their copy of the workbook.

 

Step 3. ROLLOUT TEAM PLANNING MEETING

Gather together all who need to be part of the rollout team. This includes anyone who has contact with the engaged couples or their mentors. You are welcome to use the WTL Info Spanish or WTL Info English overview handout to introduce the team to WTL. You are also welcome to use this Prezi presentation if you will be recruiting “showcase couples,” to catch other volunteers who are not trained up to speed, or if you are bringing current mentor couples onto the WTL roll out team. Please click through the Prezi and pause all videos so that they can load fully before you present.

 

Step 4. GET THE WORD OUT

Choose a Sunday to officially kick-off WTL in your parish. You will want to put a link to our website on your website. If you would like to use our logo please contact us.

Make this announcement your own and choose a weekend to announce your new Marriage Prep Process. Ultimately you are inviting the entire parish to be involved in the marriage prep process. Marriage Prep becomes a uniting community effort.

Sample Bulletin Announcement (Word Document) or Sample Bulletin Announcement (PDF)

Sample Pulpit Announcement (Word Document)

 

Step 5. PRINT OR CUSTOMIZE WTL FORMS

Print off and give to every priest or deacon the WTL Clergy Notes so that they can help the couple to discern the best mentor couple.

Father or Deacon will fill out the Witness to Love Intake Sheet within one hour of his first meeting with an engaged couple and give it to the Marriage Prep Coordinator. The Marriage Prep Coordinator will add notes to it as well and return it to Father or Deacon after the initial coaching session with both couples.

Save this Engaged Couple Spreadsheet as a Google Doc and then you can customize it for your parish and share it with team members so that you can keep track of your engaged couples.

The Marriage Prep Coordinator may use this Witness to Love Cheat Sheet during their first few meetings to make sure they cover everything. Use it exactly as laid out until you are comfortable with the process.

After the Marriage Prep Coordinator meets for the first time with the engaged couple and their mentors for the initial coaching session a follow up email is sent. You may edit the WitnesstoLoveMPCSampleEmails-9-25-17 (Word Document) and then also edit and attach a personalized Scavenger Hunt List English (Word Document) or Spanish Scavenger Hunt to be completed before the wedding. The completed Scavenger Hunt List is turned in at the final meeting one month before the wedding with the Marriage Prep Coordinator or the Parish Marriage Enrichment Coordinator or with the priest or deacon. All options will work.

 

Step 6. BEGIN MEETING WITH COUPLES

Expect the first meeting to take 60-70 minutes. Add 60 minutes to that if you will be covering their Prepare/FOCCUS/Fully Engaged with them prior to the mentors arriving. Make sure to email them their access codes and their Scavenger Hunt after you meet with them using the sample email outline in Step 5.

Watch this video to learn how to share codes and get your couples set up on Witness to Love:

 

Step 7. SURVEY AND FOLLOW-UP WITH COUPLES AFTER THE WEDDING

Make sure to utilize the information collected in the Welcome to Parish Life Survey (automatically sent from our website to the parish WTL Marriage Prep Coordinator’s email address when both couples have completed their 6 meetings). Couples should be invited to small groups with in the parish as soon as possible. If a marriage prep retreat is held at the parish the small group leaders in the parish should be introduced at the retreat.

 

WTL Retreat Outline Suggestion:

Witness to Love Retreat Suggested Outline

Here are some samples from other Witness to Love Parishes:

Sample Marriage Prep Process Personalized for an Individual Parish (Word Document)

Sample Retreat Format for an Individual Parish (Word Document)

 

Questionnaire

Praise for Witness to Love

We loved being Witness to Love marriage preparation mentors. When we were married, we were only required to attend a one day session. We wish that all couples were given this opportunity. We became closer to the couple than we had even hoped for. They opened up to us so much. The mentoring process was such a blessing because we took the time to revisit important decisions and events that had happened during our twelve years of marriage.

— Jill & John, Witness to Love mentor couple

Witness to Love “reintegrates” the mentor couple as well, not only into the parish, but also into their own marriage. It gives them a set of “fresh” eyes towards their own relationship with each other and with God.

— Deacon David Dawson, Pastoral Associate

A program that is true to its name, Witness to Love is that on many levels because it builds Church at every level. It is a blessing to our Parish, our community and our Church. Let Witness to Love share love in your Parish. You won’t regret it.

— Don & Sharon, Witness to Love mentor couple

The more I do in ministry, including marriage prep, the more I am convinced that in today’s culture real evangelization happens person to person. (…)The Witness to Love mentor couples always express their gratitude for being part of the process. They always comment that it was “very good for their own marriage.” As a pastor, Witness To Love is a no-brainer for this very reason. We get the chance to evangelize, form, and catechize two couples for the price of one! Give Witness To Love a try and you will not regret it.

— Fr. Andrew Merrick, Pastor

I believe we definitely grew as a couple, not only closer to each other, but closer to God and the church.

— Jeremy & Lindsay, Witnesses to Love engaged couple participants

It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Witness to Love’s programs and resources to you. The fruits fostered by this ministry bring about deeper parish connection and authentic accompaniment for engaged and newly married couples.

— Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans

The process was amazing. We didn’t think we had a perfect marriage, but the fact that someone thought the way we lived, prayed, and loved was an inspiration was truly an eye opener for US for what we really had.

— Caprice & Dane, Witness to Love mentor couple

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