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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Strong persuasion for families to welcome one more child

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

Short leaflet (less than 300 words), very clear, totally common sense, supported by the latest research. Message: Condoms do not effectively protect against anything!
Ten Great Reasons to Have Another Child
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Breast Cancer Risk from Abortion
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Condom Sense
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Perceiving the Contraception Connection a Catholic priest encourages people to reject contraception and to practice natural family planning.

Lives have been radically improved by learning the value of fertility through Natural Family Planning

Bookmark and poem reflecting the eternal value of a child.
Perceiving the Contraception Connection
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Teaching Fertility Appreciation
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Glimpse Of God (Reflections of a Mother)
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Un manual ilustrado para aprender el Método de la Ovulación para reconocer el estado de fertilidad.

In Life-Giving Love Kimberly Hahn takes us to God's wonderful plan for the family in the sexual teachings of the Catholic Church. Also in Spanish

Testimonies from clergy who have preached from the pulpit on contraception and Natural Family Planning
Amor y Fertilidad (libro)
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Life-Giving Love
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A Preachable Message
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How contraception drives societies into the Culture of Death while chastity, <em>by the simple action of human nature</em>, produces the civilization of love <a href="http://www.omsoul.com/catalog/index.php?target=products&amp;product_id=688">View larger version</a>.

Why is Contraception Immoral?

Traces the Bible's opposition to contraception from Genesis to Revelation with wonderful clarity.
Roots of The Problem poster
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Why is Contraception Immoral?
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The Bible vs Contraception
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The contraceptive movement's overwhelming success in our day, and workable strategies for turning this around

Ann Moell MD speaks to her patients from her heart about why she chooses not to prescribe contraceptives for them.

Information on all the major methods of contraception, with their methods of action and health consequence
The Cure
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What About Birth Control?
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What a Woman Should Know about Birth Control
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Why NFP is a Priority in My Parish

 A complete breast cancer prevention guide, a vital tool for every woman's health.
Family Planning Choices
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Why NFP is a Priority in My Parish
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Breast Cancer Risks and Prevention
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