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What is Marriage?

Marriage establishes a holy covenant among three: one man, one woman, and God himself.

Through God the Father, marriage irrevocably joins the man and woman as one flesh, thereby making them stewards of God's unitive and creative power.

Through the Son of the Father, marriage receives the dignity of a sacrament, becoming a reflection of the ever-faithful bridegroom, who loves, forgives, and lays down his life for his bride, the Church.

Through the Holy Spirit, marriage unites man and woman in an indissoluble communion of life and love.

Please click here for the 2017 Parish Marriage Preparation Calendar.


Resources for Celebrating National Marriage Week 
February 7-14, 2017

We once again are approaching National Marriage Week, celebrated each year from February 7 to February 14. Within this week is World Marriage Day, always observed on the second Sunday in February. This year, World Marriage Sunday is Sunday, February 12.

The USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth offers the following resources to celebrate National Marriage Week and National Marriage Sunday on Feb. 12.  Click here to find helpful resources. 

  • Virtual Online Marriage Retreat:  Seven-day retreat for married couples that draws from both Amoris Laetitia (Pope Francis’s exhortation, “The Joy of Love,” [April 2016] about marriage and family life, and from the 2009 USCCB pastoral letter Marriage, Love and Life in the Divine Plan.  Couples will be able to receive each day’s content via Facebook.
  • Online Contest:  Participants enter the contest by posting an answer to that day’s question on a number of social media platforms (For Your Marriage and USCCB).
  • Preaching Resource:  Preaching resource based on the readings for World Marriage Day.    It can assist priests and deacons in preaching about marriage and the family.
  • Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty during National Marriage Week.  Click here for information.


For Your Marriage

1. Facts: What you should know about Catholic marriage.

2. Stages: All healthy marriages experience changes and transitions.

3. Prep: Marriage preparation is offered around the diocese. Find a schedule here.

4. NFP: Natural Family Planning is a safe and effective approach for couples.

5. Tips & Advice:for a happy & healthy marriage.

6. Planning a Catholic wedding requires careful consideration.