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 pope's warm, deeply biblical understanding of God's original plan for men and women

Prayers for a couple grieving the death of their unborn child. This booklet invites the grieving parents to express the sorrow of their hearts to the Lord of Compassion.

A chastity promoting bookmark for young women
Men & Women Are from Eden
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Mourning a Miscarriage: Prayers For a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Unborn Child
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My Man Will. . . .
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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.

Learn all the signs of fertility and how to interpret them. Learn how natural family planning can be 99% effective. Learn how breastfeeding spaces babies. Learn the covenant meaning of the marriage act and improve your marriage. This book will help you follow God's plan for your marriage and for nurturing your baby.

NFP & Underlying Moral Precepts
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In NFP Theology and Morals two catholic priests detail the sin of contraception and God's plan for sexuality.

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.

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.
NFP Theology and Morals (podcast)
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No Greater Love
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Not Ready For Marriage, Not Ready For Sex: One Couple's Return to Chastity
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Sea testigo de la profunda conexión entre el misterio de María, la madre de Dios y la oposición de la Iglesia a la anticoncepción. La presencia corporal de María en el cielo nos habla a todos nosotros de la santidad de nuestros cuerpos, una santidad que tiene obligaciones.

The nature, meaning, and mysteries of sexuality.

The One More Soul Booklet Packet contains one each of the booklets published by One More Soul covering topics such as contraception, breast cancer, teen abstinence, and Natural Family Planning
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On The Meaning Of Sex
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<font size="3">Ordinary Time tells the stories of ordinary people making their way in our fast and fabulous world. Twelve thought provoking songs encourage us to laugh at our attempts to have it all and remind us of the everyday drama and nobility of ordinary lives lived faithfully.<br /><br />

This book is written for those who have heard the shattering words "Something is wrong with your unborn baby." This reflective resource is intended to embrace parents at this difficult time with encouragement and insight.

Las características esenciales y las virtudes de los padres fuertes —y la manera de desarrollarlas.
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Recursos básicos para ayudar a la comunidad hispana evitan el daño de la anticoncepción y se apropian las bendiciónes de la vida casada totalmente abierta a la vida y al amor.

Todos nuestros señaladores y folletos para los jóvenes en español, junto con un CD, y un librito.

The Kansas Catholic Conference provides clear, practical help for couples caught up in the potentially disastrous lifestyle of cohabitation.
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Pastoral Letter on Cohabitation Before Marriage
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