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National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week (Feb. 7 – 14) is an opportunity to reflect and rejoice in the beautiful gift of Life and Love given to us in the sacrament of marriage!

Single/Dating

Catholic Dating Online Conference
Hosted by SmartCatholics

Catholic Dating is a recorded, livestreamed conference for singles, engaged, and married couples. Hear stories, insights, and discover the real, thrilling meaning to romance, and how we create happily-ever-after in the real world.

The Dating Project.  This excellent documentary produced by PureFlix and Paulist Productions explores the issues with the contemporary dating scene and with an “assignment” to assist.

Resources. Helpful articles, research, and presentations on dating can be found at ForYourMarriage.org and The Chastity Project.

Helpful Tools for Couples

Valentine’s At-Home Date Night Kit

Looking for a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home? Get access to a tutorial on how to make heart-shaped ravioli and a fun and romantic activity kit to do together!

Free 5 Love Languages Quiz

Dr. Gary Chapman’s best-selling book, The 5 Love Languages, explains the different ways in which we give and expect to receive love.  A couple may be very much in love, but not “communicating” or expressing that love in a way they understand or that truly fulfills and builds them up.

Couple Prayer Challenge

The Couple Prayer Challenge is a week-long commitment to live the witness of the sacrament of marriage by deepening your relationship with one another and grow in intimacy with God.

Each day of the challenge will present activities for you to choose from which will guide you through the three expressions of prayer by first living this expression through your own love for each other.

Events

A Day for Couples – Sowing the Seeds of Love

Hosted by Resurrection Catholic Church
Saturday, February 10
1:15 PM – 8:00 PM

A Day for Couples is an annual pre-marriage and marriage conference that inspires couples to more fully live out God’s plan for their marriages with uplifting presentations, quiet time together, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass, and time for fellowship. Speakers this year are Justin and Angela Biance with a special theatrical performance by Jazz pianist Evan Anderson.

Virtual Date Night Series
Presented by Witness to Love

Witness to Love provides a virtual date night series in English, Spanish, for military couples, as well as first responders and hospital workers. Each date night promises an enriching experience and will include a video from a dynamic couple plus reflection questions. Presenting couples will shine the light on the power of resilience, prayer, living the virtues and community /parish support. The experience will be a combination of date night/parish mission/retreat/small group. Take this time to renew and enrich your marriage while building new relationships with other couples!

World Marriage Day
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Sunday, February 11

World Marriage Day (WMD) is celebrated on the second Sunday of February and honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family – the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life.

Retreats

Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille is a program for troubled marriages and consists of a weekend experience combined with six post-weekend sessions held on Sunday afternoons. It is designed to provide the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The next retreat is the weekend of February 17-19.

ForYourMarriage At-Home Retreat

A free, 7-day virtual retreat is provided by ForYourMarriage.org, a marriage initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The retreat theme for this year is “Marriage…One Flesh, Given and Received” and this guided experience can be done from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule. Available in both English and Spanish.

CatholicPsych Institute. Dr. Gregory Bottaro hosts a free, online mini-marriage course through the CatholicPsych Institute.

Resources

For Your Marriage / En Español

Marriage: Unique for a Reason / En Español

National Marriage Week

U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

Letter to all Bishops by Archbishop Charles Chaput on National Marriage Week

Winter 2024 St. Augustine Catholic Magazine article: An Inside Scoop to a Successful Marriage