Marriage Preparation Tools

wed-5.gif · 1) Give couples an outstanding "marriage prep packet".
· 2) Set out a table with additional resources.
· 3) Build a powerful Marriage Preparation Curriculum.
· 4) Create a library for couples, presenters, and mentors.
· 5) Provide resources for Hispanic couples as needed.


There is now an online marriage preparation service that works with local Marriage support personal and allows couples in unusual situations (such as one partner being overseas for the time being) to complete a full featured marriage preparation program.


Why Marriage Preparation Matters

The goal of Marriage Preparation is to bring about superb marriages, the kind of marriages where people say, "Aren’t they a wonderful couple!" and mean it. The realities of our culture make this extremely challenging. Nearly all of the couples who come to the Church for marriage are already sexually active with one another; nearly all of them are using contraceptives* to avoid pregnancy before marriage, and half to three quarters of them are already living together. By their lifestyle choices, they have already convinced themselves that the Church has nothing to tell them about male-female relationships or fertility management, and certainly nothing worthwhile to say about sexuality.

So why do they come? Plainly they are looking for something more than they can get from cohabitation. They know from observation of other couples (and possibly their own bitter experience) just how fragile sexual relationships outside of marriage can be. They want something better for themselves and hope that a gorgeous public ceremony or maybe some mysterious "blessing" from the Church can give them that extra something.

So what can the Church do for them? Well, Jesus gave us the best teaching on marriage and relationships ever delivered, and John Paul II has taken that teaching and packaged it so well that we now know more about what makes a marriage work (and what doesn’t) than ever before, and this knowledge is mostly available only through the Catholic Church.

Marriage is a fine-tuned, extremely powerful biological/psychological/spiritual package. Marriage moves couples to create the very best setting for bringing up resourceful, contributing members of society.
That setting is the human family with two highly involved parents. The family, however, revolves around the wholehearted sexual donation of each spouse to the other. Anything that attacks that relationship is highly destructive to marriage and the family. Pornography, for example, involves the husband with imaginary sexual images instead of his wife. Both partners are clearly aware of this disconnection, and sexual activity becomes divisive instead of unitive, with typically disastrous consequences. Birth control is even worse. Contracepted sex is the individual pursuit of physical/emotional gratification instead of a mutual pursuit of greater love and family involvement. This self-centered sex, unlike family-oriented sex, has devastating effects, for example, the huge increase in divorce that has come about as our culture has become saturated with birth control.

Marriage preparation programs can now clearly teach what factors, such as birth control, attack the marriage bond and what factors, such as accepting children, support and enhance it. We owe a great debt to John Paul II, because now we can tell couples not only what to do (and avoid) for a life-long, excellent relationship, but we can also tell them why these practices make such a remarkable difference. Effective marriage preparation, however, calls for a thorough re-education of the trainers as well as the trainees, since all of us are immersed in a culture where sexual values are highly distorted.

This is absolutely worth the effort. Healthy marriages lead to loving families. Loving families lead to functional, productive communities—a culture of life, a Civilization of Love. Anything we can do to foster this society will have an enormous payoff!

Four steps to take:



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The testimonies of couples who have suffered anguish, grief, and guilt after realizing that they aborted some of their own children through use of contraception.

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Describes the concept of NaproTechnology as a natural technique for solving the problem of infertility while remaining faithful to Catholic social teaching.
The Contraception of Grief
CODE: BCOG
Chastity Commitment Packet for Guys
CODE: SCCM
NaProTechnology as an Authentic Treatment for Infertility
CODE: CNTI
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A lively and involving presentation supporting teen chastity, with many personal stories.

An awesome book for teenagers on chastity. The authors share their  testimony of how they spiraled down the pathway of sexual sin but then found the grace and strength to return to chastity. Contains practical advice and straight answers and is a very enjoyable read.

Este es el manual de la LPP que explica cόmo utilizar el Método Sintotérmico de  PNF. Esta nueva edición está hecha en un formato de letra grande que resulta más fácil de leer y entender. Contiene información ampliada sobre la lactancia ecológica y el regreso de la fertilidad después del parto. Incluye el Manual de Aplicaciones Prácticas.
320 páginas
A Case For Chastity
CODE: BCFC
Not Ready For Marriage, Not Ready For Sex: One Couple's Return to Chastity
CODE: BNMS
El Arte de la Planificacion Natural de la Familia
CODE: BANFsp
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Hope and inspiration for those who are struggling in their marriages

A new critical translation of Pope John Paul II’s great work on the Theology of the Body, complete with a new introduction and new footnotes.

A well-written, hard to put down novel about one woman's journey toward discovering the beauty of God's plan for love, marriage, and children.
Amazing Grace for Married Couples
CODE: BAGC
Man and Woman He Created Them, Theology of the Body
CODE: BHCT
Emily's Hope
CODE: BEHE
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How philosophy must cling to revealed truth in order to reach its full potential, and how theology needs philosophy

Reflections on the spirituality and practice of breastfeeding.

A Catholic perspective on how and why God makes babies. Ages 9 & up. It was given the Nihil Obstat from Msgr Brian Branford and the Imprimatur from Most Rev. Charles Chaput OFM, Cap
Encyclical Letter Faith and Reason (Fides Et Ratio)
CODE: BFER
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood
CODE: BBCM
Wonderfully Made! Babies
CODE: BWMB
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Los obispos de los E.E.U.U. explican cómo es el plan de Dios para el amor matrimonial, " es más rico y más satisfactorio" que el enfoque general tomado por nuestra cultura.

This VERY helpful booklet was written for couples struggling with infertility by a couple who intimately experienced the pain of infertility themselves. It is practical, empathetic, and full of solid advice for dealing with infertility both spiritually and emotionally. It also includes and explains  the Catholic Church's guidelines for  treating infertility.

Teachings from John Paul II, Edith Stein, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and others communicate effectively with post-abortive women and others who have been harmed by the culture of death.
El amor matrimonial
CODE: KMLGsp
Infertility Journey: Making Faith-Informed Decisions Under the Guiding Hands of God
CODE: KIJM
A Practical Application of JP II's Theoloy of the Body (DVD)
CODE: DPAJ
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The story of St Gianna Berretta Molla, a modern-day wife, mother, and physician, who fully engaged her faith in her medical practice. In 1962 she faced the agonizing choice between saving her own life and that of her unborn child, and chose to save her child. She is a wonderful reminder that saints still walk among us.

The hidden first nine months of Jesus's life, from the moment of conception within Mary's body to his birth in Bethlehem. The author thoughtfully explores the glories, mysteries, and graces found in Jesus's as he grows from fertilized ovum to newborn baby

If You Really Loved Me
No Greater Love
CODE: KNGL
Unborn Jesus Our Hope
CODE: BUJH
If You Really Loved Me
CODE: BIYR
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