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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Un ginecólogo-obstetra nos habla con sentido común y con muchos años de experiencia acerca de la píldora anticonceptiva.

Brief, high-impact profiles of two young women, one sexually involved with her boyfriend, one deliberately abstinent.

Vasectomy Safe and Simple? Although the medical community and most family planning advocates consider vasectomy safe and simple, this pamphlet provides a review of current research on vasectomy that indicates the procedure has a number of short- and long-term complications and is not a healthy choice.
Entendiendo la Pildora Anticonceptiva
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Two Young Women
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Vasectomy Safe and Simple?
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El túnel de la Paternidad, Animo para los primeros cinco años de la crianza de los hijos.
Emily Sederstrand da charlas y es educadora en el tema de la fertilidad. En este folleto narra su experiencia personal en lo que ha llamado “el túnel de la paternidad.”  Ella describe como los primeros años de la crianza de los hijos son duros, y pueden llevar a tomar decisiones equivocadas que causan después mucho remordimiento.  Al salir del túnel de la paternidad, las parejas encuentran el reto de dar la bienvenida a un alma más. ¡Sus futuros hijos se lo agradecerán!

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.

A scientific detailed explanation why the use of hormonal contraceptives increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
El Tunel de la paternidad
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Four Keys to Happy Healthy Marriage
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If It's Not OK for Him to Take Steroids... Why Is It OK for Her?
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Una explicación científica y detallada de por qué el uso de anticonceptivos hormonales aumenta el riesgo de desarrollar cáncer de seno

Cuatro médicos que no prescriben anticonceptivos  dan razones médicas para esta decisión.

"Cuando una pareja se da cuenta de que la anticoncepción es una mala opción, ¿Qué pueden hacer a continuación? Patty Schneier enfrentó esta crisis, y aquí comparte su sabiduría que ha ganado con mucho esfuerzo".
Si no es bueno para el tomar esteroids...Por que esta bien para ella?
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Problemas asociados con el uso de hormonas para el control de la natalidad
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¿Qué hacemos ahora?
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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.

Short leaflet (less than 300 words), very clear, totally common sense, supported by the latest research. Message: Condoms do not effectively protect against anything!

Traces the Bible's opposition to contraception from Genesis to Revelation with wonderful clarity.
Nuestra Senora, los Catolicos y la Anticoncepcion
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Condom Sense
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The Bible vs Contraception
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A 'marriage card' that slips easily into wallets and reminds teenagers of their commitment to save sex until their wedding day

A 'marriage card' slips easily into wallets and reminds young women of their commitment to save sex until their wedding day.

This pamphlet speaks to teenagers who have been sexually active about their deepest desires for love and about starting over with secondary virginity.
"No Toads" Chastity Card
CODE: ZTOD
"Romance without Regrets" chastity commitment card
CODE: ZRPA
If Sex Feels So Good . . . . .
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This pamphlet appeals to teenagers from a Christian perspective and gives simple, positive, and compelling reasons for chastity.

Helps teenagers understand the need to choose virginity up until they are married

Un resumen corto excelente  del método Billings de Planificación Natural de la Familia
God said . . . .
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SEX . . . Is there more to it?
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El Metodo Billings de la Ovulación
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