National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2020 with World Marriage Day being celebrated on Sunday, February 9. This is an excellent opportunity to proclaim the beauty and goodness of marriage at the parish and let couples know what resources are available to them for growing and strengthening their union. The theme this year is “Stories from the Domestic Church.”
Below are some tips and resources to celebrate National Marriage Week from “For Your Marriage,” a website stemming from the USCCB 2007 initiative, National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage, the goal of which is to help couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources.
- Spend a little dedicated time in prayer and reflection by participating in our seven-day virtual retreat (available in pdf in English and Spanish) focused on marriage. Sign up to receive the retreat via email during National Marriage Week 2020 here.
- Read Archbishop Cordileone’s Invitation to Celebrate National Marriage Week.
- Pray a rosary for married couples and families with us! Join us on Wednesday, February 12 at 3pm ET on the USCCB Facebook Page.
- Invite your diocesan or parish community to pray for marriage with these Prayers of the Faithful for National Marriage Week.
And here’s some resources to build up your marriage all year long:
- Listen to Marriage Unique for a Reason’s Made for Love Podcast, which tells the stories of real people living out the call to love. Here are some of our favorites episodes on marriage:
- Take a look at our Daily Marriage Tips. Maybe you’ll find a new idea to strengthen your relationship.
- Visit the website of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, which provides numerous resources for celebrating World Marriage Day.
- The website for National Marriage Week offers helpful ideas for building up your own marriage, recommended reading, supporting marriage in the community and much more. There’s also a listing of marriage-building events throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.foryourmarriage.org or email Mike Day at the diocesan Office of Family Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.