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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Subtitulado: "Respuestas a sus preguntas honestas acerca de la enseñanza católica," este libro toma docenas de las preguntas más duras en sexualidad humana y les pone el entusiasmo de Chris West, gran perspicacia, y alegría en la verdad. En las manos de Chris los problemas más molestos en el enfoque católico del amor sexual llegan a ser definitivamente Buenas Noticias.

Este cartel dramáticamente presenta la anticoncepción como la raíz de la Cultura de la muerte y la castidad como el camino a una sociedad saludable.

A great study aid for the great encyclical Humanae Vitae
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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.

One More Soul's CD sampler contains one each of the 17 CDs One More Soul produces on abortion, contraception, breast cancer and the pill, and catholic sexual teaching. A $60.00 value.

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Find out how chastity is about so much more than saying no to sex but about saying yes to real authentic love and much more!

Bookmark promoting chastity: "Cinderella didn't have to take off her dress to win her prince."
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Pamphlet describing the troubles that come with cohabitation.

Short leaflet (less than 300 words), very clear, totally common sense, supported by the latest research. Message: Condoms do not effectively protect against anything!
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A clear and engaging summary of the reasons for the Catholic Church's opposition to contraception

 Fathers Hogan and Levoir help unwrap the treasure of the Theology of the Body for us

Instructions and tools for guiding a young man through the "Daughters Forever, Sons Forever" sexuality education program, including study assignments, background material for each lesson, reflection questions, and a variety of tools for starting discussion of the material with one's son.
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Instructions and tools for moms guiding a young woman through the "Daughters Forever, Sons Forever" sexuality education program, including study assignments, background material for each lesson, reflection questions, and a variety of tools for starting discussion of the material with one's daughter. CD"S & DVD's also

Study guide for a young man following the "Daughters Forever, Sons Forever" program, including assignments for reading and listening to talks, content and reflection questions, and a variety of ways to start discussing the material with one's father.

What happens when countries comprising 80% of the world's economy have plummeting population numbers
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