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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How to find love that is Free, Faithful, Total, and Fruitful.

Un gran regalo de bodas, fuente para preparación matrimonial, etc. No hay un mejor regalo que pueda ser dado a una pareja joven que se quiera alejar de la anticoncepción y se quiera acercar a la alegria de darse el uno al otro mutuamente sin restricciones. El paquete originalmente cuesta.

The testimony of one couple and their journey from the verge of divorce to healing and happiness.
True Love. . . How Will I Know? CD
CODE: CTLH
Paquete para Matrimonio
CODE: SMARsp
We Had Everything… But Happiness
CODE: PWHE
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Statement the bishops of the United States on marriage, responsible parenthood, and the methods of Natural Family Planning.

How to find love that is Free, Faithful, Total, and Fruitful.

A new critical translation of Pope John Paul II’s great work on the Theology of the Body, complete with a new introduction and new footnotes.
Married Love and the Gift of Life
CODE: KMLG
True Love. . . How Will I Know? DVD
CODE: DTLH
Man and Woman He Created Them, Theology of the Body
CODE: BHCT
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A searing critique of the the promotion of condoms as a means to reduce AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and various sexually transmitted diseases.

<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)
The Case Against Condoms
CODE: BTCA
True Love. . . How Will I Know? Study Guide
CODE: KTLH
The Billings Ovulation Method
CODE: PBOM
Price: $7.95


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Young people today must have a compelling reason to commit to sexual abstinence. Nationally known speaker Pam Stenzel provides many such reasons. She outlines the consequences of sex outside of marriage, and teaches teens social skills for avoiding the trap of uncommitted sex.

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.

A collection Marie's 4 cds of songs highlighting the extraordinary goodness of ordinary life in a family. Marie uses music, insight, poetry, and song to invite us away from the empty promises the world offers into a life full of what really matters.
Sex Still Has a Price Tag DVD
CODE: DSSP
God is Love
CODE: KGIL
Marie Bellet Collection (4 CDs)
CODE: SMBM
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<font size="3">Ordinary Time tells the stories of ordinary people making their way in our fast and fabulous world. Twelve thought provoking songs encourage us to laugh at our attempts to have it all and remind us of the everyday drama and nobility of ordinary lives lived faithfully.<br /><br />

Drawing on her experience as a mother of eight, Marie's smooth voice and storytelling lyrics combine familiar detail and a gentle sense of humor to sing of the everyday life of a mother and wife striving for holiness in the modern world. Through her light acoustic style, she offers hope and encouragement to those willing to sacrifice for marriage and family.

In these talks Christopher West demonstrates how all the “tough issues” of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality can be proclaimed in a way that not only makes sense, but demonstrates the beauty of God’s plan for sexuality and the joy of living it. A must-have presentation for every priest looking to explain and defend the Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality in a compelling way.
Ordinary Time
CODE: CMOT
What I Wanted to Say
CODE: CWIW
Proclaiming The Theology of the Body (4 CDs)
CODE: CPTB
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Este es el manual de la LPP que explica cόmo utilizar el Método Sintotérmico de  PNF. Esta nueva edición está hecha en un formato de letra grande que resulta más fácil de leer y entender. Contiene información ampliada sobre la lactancia ecológica y el regreso de la fertilidad después del parto. Incluye el Manual de Aplicaciones Prácticas.
320 páginas

Señalador con un mensaje de castidad: "Cenicienta no se quitó su vestido para conquistar a su príncipe."

9 chastity pamphlets
20 bookmarkers and cards with messages on chastity.
El Arte de la Planificacion Natural de la Familia
CODE: BANFsp
Cenicienta (Cinderella)
CODE: ZCINsp
Youth bookmarks & Pamphlets
CODE: SYMP
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