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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Information on all the major methods of contraception, with their methods of action and health consequence

Una descripción completa de métodos modernos de Planificación Natural de la Famila.

Todos los métodos principales de anticoncepción, cómo funcionan y las consecuencias de la salud.
What a Woman Should Know about Birth Control
CODE: PWWS
¿Que es la Planificacion Natural de la Familia?
CODE: PNFPsp
Lo que la mujer debe saber sobre el control de la natalidad
CODE: PWWSsp
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20 ways young (and all) women can challenge themselves to give and receive only the best God intends for them.

Let's be honest, Movies & TV aren't the best place to get ideas about how dating should start and progress.

Many couples are realizing that contraception is not a good choice for them. The big question is, "What next?"
20 Ways for Young Women to Claim the Respect They Deserve
CODE: P20W
101 Ways to Build Up Real Love & Show Affection
CODE: P101
What Do We Do Now?
CODE: PWDW
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Find out how chastity is about so much more than saying no to sex but about saying yes to real authentic love and much more!

Information from the book Breast Cancer, Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, in a short and highly persuasive format.

Four physicians who do not prescribe hormonal birth control give medical reasons for this decision.
Chastity: What Are You Saying Yes To?
CODE: PSYT
Breast Cancer Risk from Abortion
CODE: PBCA
Problems Associated with Hormonal Birth Control
CODE: PHPB
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Ann Moell MD speaks to her patients from her heart about why she chooses not to prescribe contraceptives for them.

Myths and truths that every woman should know about the IUD/IUS

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What About Birth Control?
CODE: PWBC
Intrauterine Devices (IUD/IUS)
CODE: PIUD
John Paul II's Theology of the Body
CODE: CTOB
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Las buenas consecuencias para las parejas que usan la PNF

La eficacia y los problemas de los anticonceptivos utilizados después de las relaciones sexuales.

Cómo la Píldora aumenta el riesgo de contraer cáncer de seno (y otras enfermedades), con estrategias efectivas para prevenirlo.
¿Por qué usar la Planificación Natural de la Familia?
CODE: PWUNsp
La pildora del dia despues y otros tipos de "anticoncepcion de emergencia"
CODE: PMAPsp
La Píldora y el cáncer de seno
CODE: PBCPsp
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Lo que toda mujer debe saber acerca de los efectos reales causados por el uso de los dispositivos intrauterinos

Como las mujeres jóvenes pueden afirmar y defender su valor como personas

Do you want a more fulfilling, more satisfying relationship with your spouse? Based on the four essential characteristics of authentic marital love, this pamphlet will give you quick yet profound insights and the keys to unlocking your heart and the heart of your beloved.
Los dispositivos intrauterinos (DIU/SIU)
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20 maneras como las mujeres jóvenes pueden reclamar el respeto que merecen
CODE: P20Wsp
Four Keys to Happy Healthy Marriage
CODE: P4KT
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