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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In Pure Womanhood, Crystalina Evert shares her own powerful testimony and beautiful words of wisdom on chastity and true love in this booklet for young women.

La profética  encíclica de 1968 que llamó a la Iglesia para vivir la visión completa de Dios para la vida familiar.

If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, this pamphlet is an indispensable resource.
Pure Womanhood
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Humanae Vitae
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Infertility and Reproductive Technology A Guide for Catholics
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In compelling, understandable language, the author describes the many ways that Natural Family Planning supports and enhances marriage. For couples who are reluctant to try NFP, he also answers many objections raised by people who are attracted to using contraception.

This VERY helpful booklet was written for couples struggling with infertility by a couple who intimately experienced the pain of infertility themselves. It is practical, empathetic, and full of solid advice for dealing with infertility both spiritually and emotionally. It also includes and explains  the Catholic Church's guidelines for  treating infertility.

As modern technology strips away the mystery of the womb, parents are often being pressured to make a decision to continue or end a pregnancy based on a type of quality control standard. The purpose of this book is to inspire discussion, reflections and prayer regarding prenatal testing.
Pure Intimacy
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Infertility Journey: Making Faith-Informed Decisions Under the Guiding Hands of God
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Prenatal Testing
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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.

Explica la historia de lo que la Iglesia Católica enseña sobre la PFN, y la belleza de la sexualidad cuando se respeta la vida y da recursos donde los matrimonios pueden obtener más información.

From a Bible-oriented Christian background and wide ranging knowledge of the subject, the author examines the topic of The Pill and Abortions with logic and honesty.
Our Unborn Baby Has a Problem
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Hablemos Sobre La Planificacion Familiar
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Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?
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 A complete breast cancer prevention guide, a vital tool for every woman's health.

A great study aid for the great encyclical Humanae Vitae

guía para prevenir dos de las principales causas del cáncer de seno hoy en día: el aborto y el uso de los anticonceptivos hormonales. Este librito es una guía de prevención del cáncer de seno completo, una herramienta vital para la salud de cada mujer.
Breast Cancer Risks and Prevention
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Catechism on Humanae Vitae
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Cáncer de Mama Riesgos y Prevención
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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.

Pope Benedict XVI  helps us focus anew on what life is all about, by showing us how divine love works in our world. This is a key we all can use for unlocking the problems of our time.

Nuestra cultura moderna ha perdido totalmente las bases de la moralidad. Juan Pablo II expone con una claridad maravillosa cómo nosotros podemos conocer la verdad y seguirla.
Mourning a Miscarriage: Prayers For a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Unborn Child
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God is Love
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Esplendor de la verdad: carta enciclica de Juan Pablo II (Veritatis Splendor)
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