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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El esfuerzo espiritual de remover los anticonceptivos y la esterilización de práctica medical, y el daño (físico, emocional y a la relación de la pareja) de los anticonceptivos, y los beneficios correspondientes a la Planificación Natural de la Familia.

Complete new look at Natural Family Planning.  Using artificial contraceptives can damage a relationship and a womems's physical health.

This book not only provides answers to many questions troubling Catholics, it also supplies fundamental principles of Catholic thought to help readers arrive at morally sound decisions in those areas that have yet to be settled.
La Pildora vs. la PNF
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A companion volume for The Princess and the Kiss.

In Life-Giving Love Kimberly Hahn takes us to God's wonderful plan for the family in the sexual teachings of the Catholic Church. Also in Spanish

Renowned speaker and author Jason Evert says the time has come for a sexual revolution that embraces the beauty and wonder of sex in its untainted, God-given fullness.
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How living together without marriage has devastating consequences for the people involved, and proven strategies for helping couples achieve a satisfying and long-lasting relationship.

Todos los métodos principales de anticoncepción, cómo funcionan y las consecuencias de la salud.

Love and Fertility is an illustrated how-to manual of the Ovulation Method of natural family planning, complete with charts.  The female fertility cycle is compared to the plant growth cycle, and simple, direct instructions are given for achieving or postponing pregnancy.
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An illustrated how-to manual of the Ovulation Method of fertility awareness, complete with charts and other helpful materials. The female fertility cycle is compared to the plant growth cycle, and simple, direct instructions are given for achieving or postponing pregnancy.

Love and Fertility is an illustrated how-to manual of the Ovulation Method of natural family planning, complete with charts.  The female fertility cycle is compared to the plant growth cycle, and simple, direct instructions are given for achieving or postponing pregnancy.

Charts for use with the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning
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Charts for use with the Ovulation Method of Natural Plannning

Pam takes her famous "Sex Has a Price Tag" presentation to a new level. In four talks (2 about an hour long, 2 about a half hour) she gives teens all the motivation and tools they need to make sexual choices that will support their lives and not destroy them. Expressed in Evangelical Protestant terms, this presentation is one that any teen could relate to. Includes a leader's guide on CD.

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.
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Love Lessons - Purity is Possible!
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A collection Marie's 4 cds of songs highlighting the extraordinary goodness of ordinary life in a family. Marie uses music, insight, poetry, and song to invite us away from the empty promises the world offers into a life full of what really matters.

Courtship, sexuality, child-rearing, and a wide range of possible marriage problems

Statement the bishops of the United States on marriage, responsible parenthood, and the methods of Natural Family Planning.
Marie Bellet Collection (4 CDs)
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Marriage, a Path To Sanctity
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Married Love and the Gift of Life
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