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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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.

The National Gianna Center for Women's Health &  Fertility with offices in New Brunswick (Dr Kyle Beiter) and Manhattan (Dr Anne Nolte), is dedicated to providing a more natural alternative to assisted reproductive technologies. The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is used to monitor a woman’s menstrual and fertility cycle. Based on research that began from collaboration between women and their physicians, the system has grown into a national and international allied healthcare model to provide comprehensive gynecologic primary care and to unmask the true cause of infertility for women.

Hope and inspiration for those who are struggling in their marriages
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Amazing Grace for Married Couples
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Provee lo que los padres necesitan saber para criar a sus hijos saludables

Un enseñanza en DVD del Método de la Ovulación para reconocer el estado de fertilidad.

Un manual ilustrado para aprender el Método de la Ovulación para reconocer el estado de fertilidad.
Amor y Familia: Formacion de nuestros hijos en adultos responsables
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A detailed and helpful study aids for the four talks: Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life. Contains an extended summary and discussion questions for each talk. On 4 DVD's, includes Student Workbook and Leader's Guide.

A great presentation of the basics of John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

AN ObGyn Talks Straight to Priests About Sex and Marriage
An Introduction to the Theology of the Body Bundle
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An Introduction to the Theology of the Body, Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life
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Christopher West digs deep into Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and into the connection between marriage and the Eucharist.

Artificial reproductive technology promises parenthood to infertile couples, but the experience of it can be very harsh.

Las buenas consecuencias para las parejas que usan la PNF
And the Two Become One
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"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".

Una descripción completa de métodos modernos de Planificación Natural de la Famila.

Birthing and raising 14 children (not including 5 already with the Lord) sounds almost easy when Jim and Kathleen share “anecdotes and a philosophy of life from a family of sixteen” in this wonderful book. They spell out for us the great rewards and the challenges of large family living, and they urge “the reader to reevaluate the possibility of having another child [and to be] open to God’s will, with a supernatural, faith-filled perspective. . . .There is a great feeling of freedom and peace that one experiences when one steps out in love and trust in our infinitely loving God.” You’ll want to read this book all in one sitting.
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unanimous Christian rejection of contraception broke down in 1930, leading to the disastrous sexual revolution

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

 A complete breast cancer prevention guide, a vital tool for every woman's health.
Birth Control and Christian Discipleship
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