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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Pope Benedict XVI  helps us focus anew on what life is all about, by showing us how divine love works in our world. This is a key we all can use for unlocking the problems of our time.

This pamphlet appeals to teenagers from a Christian perspective and gives simple, positive, and compelling reasons for chastity.

A great bookmark reflecting the eternal value of a child.
God is Love
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God said . . . .
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God's Biggest Blessings are Often His Little Ones!
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John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, presented  in a simple, comprehensive way for young people. This book would be very helpful for educators and youth ministers who teach the Theology of the Body. Each chapter has questions for reflection and Catechism references for further reading.

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

Explica la historia de lo que la Iglesia Católica enseña sobre la PFN, y la belleza de la sexualidad cuando se respeta la vida y da recursos donde los matrimonios pueden obtener más información.
God's Plan for You
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God, Sex and the Meaning of Life
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Hablemos Sobre La Planificacion Familiar
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Wonderful tools to help a couple achieve what the author calls "infallible loving," and the tremendous benefits of married love as it was meant to be.

Mother Teresa of Calcuta:

How can there be too many children?
That is like saying there are too many flowers.

One's faith and family have traditionally defined one's identity, but as our culture changes, both family size and the number of practicing christians are shrinking in the western world.
Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving
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How Can There be Too Many Children?
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How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization
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 The material is presented in 14 short chapters on topics such as meeting men the old-fashioned way, things to consider before committing, and fighting for respect and chastity.

La profética  encíclica de 1968 que llamó a la Iglesia para vivir la visión completa de Dios para la vida familiar.

Teaching of the Church in light of our culture regarding sexual behavior.
How to Get to "I Do"
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Humanae Vitae
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Humanae Vitae On the Regulation of Birth Pope Paul Vl
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Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later contains Janet E. Smith's analysis of the arguments for and against Catholic Sexual teaching drawing strongly on Humanae Vitae.

This book will tug at your heart strings and lift the fog that surrounds imperfection according to today’s standards. We all are imperfect and no one has the right to label, neglect, or dictate who is “compatible or incompatible with life”. This book is inspirational and is an eloquent picture of the love a family shares in response to life.

A great chastity promoting bookmark
Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later
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I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon
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I choose to respect myself
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 I praise you is a bookmark reflecting the eternal value of a child and how God loves each and every one of them.

A scientific detailed explanation why the use of hormonal contraceptives increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

This pamphlet speaks to teenagers who have been sexually active about their deepest desires for love and about starting over with secondary virginity.
I Praise you . . .
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If It's Not OK for Him to Take Steroids... Why Is It OK for Her?
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If Sex Feels So Good . . . . .
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