Celebrated annually Feb. 7-14, National Marriage Week is an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love and fostering an ever-deeper appreciation for the gift of marriage and the blessings of family life. The week-long celebration includes World Marriage Day (Feb. 9) held every second Sunday in February. This year’s Marriage Week theme is “Stories from the domestic church.”
Catholics believe marriage is a gift bestowed by God. Marriage in Christ is a source of blessing to the couple, their families and society, and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life. “Indeed, as Pope St. John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family.” – U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
Every married couple will hit road bumps in their life together. Some are fairly easy to overcome with skills and habits of listening and respect; others take much time, effort, prayer, and professional help. Don’t lose hope! God is with you and help is available, no matter what you are facing.
Your pastor or members of your parish community can be a source of encouragement and support; consider turning to them. In addition, Retrouvaille is a program that provides couples who are struggling with the tools needed to restore hope and rediscover a loving marriage relationship.
Read more about overcoming adversity (For your Marriage)
- Go on a Virtual Retreat with your spouse. Available in pdf in English and Español, the retreat provides a theme, reflection and prayer for married couples to think and talk about each day of National Marriage Week. Sign up to receive the retreat via email.
- For Your Marriage | Por tu Matrimonio has a variety of resources for married couples, as well as dating and engaged couples.
- Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. Listen to their Made for Love Podcast.
- Prayer for married couples
- Marriage & Family resources on the diocesan website