Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Tom and Aimee Brasch continue diocesan tradition of marriage preparation program

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Feb. 26, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Tom and Aimee Brasch are the new directors of Marriage Prep for the Spokane Diocese. Their new ministry begins in earnest when spring arrives. The first Marriage Preparation session is planned April 2-4.

The Spokane Diocesan marriage policy strongly recommends a marriage prep program for engaged couples. Some parishes do their own, but many take advantage of the Marriage Prep weekends.

What happens at a Marriage Prep? The engaged couples who participate take time out to look at issues of importance that may arise in their marriage, such as finances, sexuality or children. They are guided in this process by experienced married couples and also by a priest or deacon.

The Brasches went through Marriage Prep before their own marriage in 1995 and decided afterwards to become volunteers. When the former Marriage Prep directors, Hans and Mallene Herzog, retired last spring, the Brasches were asked if they would like to head the program. They had been involved “for two or three years,” Tom Brasch said.

“We’re a little nervous to be the focus,” he said. “Yet we’re confident, too. We were reminded ‘You can’t be nervous about your own experiences.’ The question becomes ‘How do we function as a couple’ in these various areas? And that’s what we share with the couples on the weekend.”

The Brasches have two children, a daughter, 3, and a boy, 1. They are currently in St. Augustine Parish but are in the process of moving to the north side.

The Marriage Prep weekends are held at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane. Persons interested in attending should call the center at (509) 448-1224 and ask for Sandy.

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