Next Step: A Course for Discerning Marriage

St. Thomas Aquinas Young Adults piloted this Next Step Course in the Fall of 2018. Next Step is hosted by Discerning Marriage, a support ministry for those single or dating to intentionally pursue the call to Marriage.

Next Step was created as an intentional discernment program because pursuing further knowledge for the sake of a deeper discernment of marriage is simply the next step in a dating relationship. Next Step is an 8 week program that walks participants through the elements of proximate preparation as designated by Pope St. John Paul II. Participants will be paired with a mentor couple who will accompany them through the program and who will become a trusted resource for knowledge about marriage and family life.
(Read more on the Discerning Marriage website here.)

Next Step provides those single or seriously dating an opportunity to intentionally discern marriage. You will be placed in a small group with the same mentor couple each week for the eight weeks. The course runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays. Each small group will have about 8 participants along with a mentor couple.

For singles: We highly encourage this course for those that are single and intentionally wanting to learn more about this sacrament. You will be placed in a small group with other same gendered single adults as well.

For dating couples: Due to the purpose of this course and it's intentional form of discernment, we ask that dating couples participate in this 8-week course together. Dating couples will be placed in the same small group.

Sign Up Info

Summer 2022 Online Only

Dates: Tuesdays beginning July 12, for 8 consecutive weeks
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $25 per person in parish, $75 per person out of parish
Location: Online, via Zoom.

Next Step Interest Sign Up

Each person participating in this course must fill out a separate form.

Fall 2022 In Person and Online

Dates: Tuesdays beginning Sept 27, for 8 consecutive weeks
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (Suggested arrival time, in person, 6:45pm)
Cost: $25 per person in parish, $75 per person out of parish
Location: Hybrid--In Person at STA; Online via Zoom.

Next Step Interest Fall Sign Up

For questions or comments, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor for Next Step, please reach out to Amy Northrop at anorthrop@stadallas.org.