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

Lo que toda mujer debe saber acerca de los efectos reales causados por el uso de los dispositivos intrauterinos

What tubal ligation is; the physical, mental and moral consequences that a woman should consider before making the serious decision to become sterile; and what alternatives exist
Intrauterine Devices (IUD/IUS)
CODE: PIUD
Los dispositivos intrauterinos (DIU/SIU)
CODE: PIUDsp
Female Sterilization
CODE: PFSW
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The testimony of one couple and their journey from the verge of divorce to healing and happiness.

<p>Study guide for Patty Schneier's <a href="http://www.omsoul.com/catalog/index.php?target=products&amp;product_id=681">explanation</a> of love that is free, faithful, total and fruitful.</p>

An excellent short summary of the Billings Method of Natural Family Planning, describing the basics of the method and the advantages it has, particularly in comparison to contraception. (One sided card)
We Had Everything… But Happiness
CODE: PWHE
True Love. . . How Will I Know? Study Guide
CODE: KTLH
The Billings Ovulation Method
CODE: PBOM
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Señalador con un mensaje de castidad: "Cenicienta no se quitó su vestido para conquistar a su príncipe."

Many couples are realizing that contraception is not a good choice for them. The big question is, "What next?"

20 ways young (and all) women can challenge themselves to give and receive only the best God intends for them.
Cenicienta (Cinderella)
CODE: ZCINsp
What Do We Do Now?
CODE: PWDW
20 Ways for Young Women to Claim the Respect They Deserve
CODE: P20W
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Como los hombres jóvenes pueden escoger la verdadera masculinidad.

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!

Como las mujeres jóvenes pueden afirmar y defender su valor como personas
20 formas para que los hombres jovenes pueden llegar a ser VERDADEROS hombres.
CODE: P20Msp
Chastity: What Are You Saying Yes To?
CODE: PSYT
20 maneras como las mujeres jóvenes pueden reclamar el respeto que merecen
CODE: P20Wsp
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Four physicians who do not prescribe hormonal birth control give medical reasons for this decision.

Debido a diversos problemas con la píldora, muchas personas están buscando alternativas. Estos son los principales usos de la píldora, cómo funciona y alternativas eficaces.

Cardinal Egan presents a beautiful picture of an unborn, 20 week old baby and challenges the viewer to see what is plainly displayed.
Problems Associated with Hormonal Birth Control
CODE: PHPB
Alternativas para la Píldora
CODE: PATPsp
Just Look
CODE: PJLE
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Pamphlet describing the troubles that come with cohabitation.

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

"Tunnel of Parenthood: The First Five Years." Now that we have emerged from the Tunnel, I have grown more and more convinced that those were indeed the hardest years.
Cohabitation
CODE: PCOH
101 Ways to Build Up Real Love & Show Affection
CODE: P101
The Tunnel of Parenthood Encouragement for the First Five Years of Parenting
CODE: PTTP
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