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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A lively and involving presentation supporting teen chastity, with many personal stories.

The basic human questions: Why are we here, what does our life mean, how can I get the best out of life.

Christopher West digs deep into Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and into the connection between marriage and the Eucharist.
A Case For Chastity
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God, Sex and the Meaning of Life
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And the Two Become One
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Pope John Paul II's awesome Theology of the Body, in an easier package.

La Doctora Ann Moell le diga a sus pacientes de su corazón porqué ella elige no prescribir los anticonceptivos para ellos

50 women (and their husbands) whose lives have been enriched by the medical care, education, and research efforts of the Pope Raul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction
Theology of the Body for Beginners
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Que Sabe Ud. Acerca del Control de la Natalidad?
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Women Healed
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A companion volume for The Princess and the Kiss.

A great chastity promoting bookmark that affirms that the best place for sex is inside a marriage.

Las buenas consecuencias para las parejas que usan la PNF
Life Lessons from "The Princess and the Kiss"
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For the Best Sex
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¿Por qué usar la Planificación Natural de la Familia?
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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.

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A toad looks out from a "No Toads" mug and says, "Okay, let me spell it out for you. . . Toads marry toads. The princess gets the prince. . ."
A Practical Application of JP II's Theoloy of the Body (DVD)
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"Prove It, God" ...And He Did
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Toads Marry Toads
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Two Catholic priests talk about common reasons pastors don't teach about contraception from the pulpit and respond to each one.

A great bookmark reflecting the eternal value of a child.

NFP & Underlying Moral Precepts
Getting Beyond "I Can't"
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God's Biggest Blessings are Often His Little Ones!
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NFP Theology and Morals
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A great chastity promoting bookmark

A chastity promoting bookmark for young women

This pamphlet speaks to teenagers who have been sexually active about their deepest desires for love and about starting over with secondary virginity.
I choose to respect myself
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My Man Will. . . .
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If Sex Feels So Good . . . . .
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