National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week (Feb. 7 – 14) is an opportunity to reflect and rejoice in the beautiful gift of Life and Love given to us in the sacrament of marriage!

Single/Dating

Catholic Dating Online Conference
Hosted by SmartCatholics
February 13-15, 2021

Catholic Dating is an online conference for singles, engaged, and married couples. Hear stories, insights, and discover the real, thrilling meaning to romance, and how we create happily-ever-after in the real world.

What Will Your “New Normal” Look Like?  (Catholic Match Institute) For the better part of a year, the world has been waylaid by a global virus. We have all tried to learn and adjust to new ways of life—keeping our distance, avoiding public gatherings, wearing masks. It’s put a heavy burden on everyone from healthcare workers to everyday people. Many have died, others got sick and lost loved ones. But the night won’t last forever…

The Dating Project.  This excellent documentary produced by PureFlix and Paulist Productions explores the issues with the contemporary dating scene and with an “assignment” to assist.

Resources. Helpful articles, research, and presentations on dating can be found at ForYourMarriage.org and The Chastity Project.

Helpful Tools for Couples

Valentine’s At-Home Date Night Kit

Looking for a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home? Get access to a tutorial on how to make heart-shaped ravioli and a fun and romantic activity kit to do together!

A Day for Couples Virtual Date Night
Hosted by Resurrection Catholic Church
Saturday, February 5
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A Day for Couples is an annual pre-marriage and marriage conference that inspires couples to more fully live out God’s plan for their marriages with uplifting presentations, quiet time together, and time for fellowship. Speakers this year are Troy and Kathleen Billings, creators and former co-directors of a vibrant, parish-based marriage ministry called BAM – Building Amazing Marriages. They are frequent guest speakers nationwide on the topic of marriage. 

Misioneros Matrimoniales
Presentado por Chad y Raquel Tripp
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Jacksonville
Viernes 5 de febrero
7:30 PM

Teniendo en cuenta la seguridad y el bienestar de los participantes y presentadores, estamos implementando las siguientes medidas de prevención para todos: usar máscaras, distanciamiento físico, control de temperatura antes de permitir la entrada al evento, no habrá cuidado de niños.

Por la seguridad de todos, si se siente enfermo o ha estado en contacto con una persona infectada con COVID 19, quédese en casa.

Date Night Ideas

Not sure where to begin, especially during this unprecedented time? We’ve provided a simple resource with a few date night ideas and conversation starters to get you going.

For more ideas, simply Google “date night ideas” or check out http://www.foryourmarriage.org/weekly-dating-ideas/

Catholic Couple Checkup

The Catholic Couple Checkup will help you and your partner build a more satisfying and intimate relationship. Whether you are dating, engaged or married, the Couple Checkup is valuable and relevant.  Just answering the questions will stimulate thoughts and attitudes about your relationship. It is designed to activate dialogue, discovery, and increase the overall quality of your relationship.

Free 5 Love Languages Quiz

Dr. Gary Chapman’s best-selling book, The 5 Love Languages, explains the different ways in which we give and expect to receive love.  A couple may be very much in love, but not “communicating” or expressing that love in a way they understand or that truly fulfills and builds them up.

Events

Virtual Date Night Series For First Responders And Hospital Workers
Presented by Witness to Love
February 15-16, 2020
witnesstolove.org/datenight/

Virtual Date Night Series for First Responders and Hospital Workers is a free event open to any couple but is specifically designed to serve all of our first responders and hospital worker couples during a time that has been particularly stressful. Date night videos and discussion questions will be released in our app starting on February 7. Each week an additional video and set of discussion questions will be released but couples are able to proceed at their own pace.

Live Chat About Fatherhood And Spousal Love
Presented by Dominic Lombardi, USCCB
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Facebook Live

A Conversation about Fatherhood and Spousal Love as inspired by St. Joseph. Hosted by Dominic Lombardi, Executive Director for the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY) & Fr. Daniel Hanley, Associate Director for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) This event will be live-streamed via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/foryourmarriage

Rosary for Married Couples and Families
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, USCCB
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Facebook Live

Pray a rosary for married couples and families with us! The rosary will be led by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the head of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, and live-streamed on Friday, February 12, at 3:00 PM EDT on the USCCB Facebook Page.

Retreats

Every Day in Love Newly Married Online Retreat
February 6, 2021
Cost: $20

Presented by Live the Life, Adventures in Marriage is a highly interactive marriage education program that provides practical skills for healthy, happy, and successful relationships.

Adventures in Marriage Online Course
Cost: $99

Presented by Live the Life, Adventures in Marriage is a highly interactive marriage education program that provides practical skills for healthy, happy, and successful relationships.

Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille is a program for troubled marriages and consists of a weekend experience combined with six post-weekend sessions held on Sunday afternoons. It is designed to provide the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The next retreat is the weekend of February 19-21 at the Marywood Retreat Center.

ForYourMarriage At-Home Retreat

A free, 7-day virtual retreat is provided by ForYourMarriage.org, a marriage initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  This year the retreat theme is “To Have, To Hold, To Honor” and this guided experience can be done from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule. Available in both English and Spanish.

CatholicPsych Institute. Dr. Gregory Bottaro hosts a free, online mini-marriage course through the CatholicPsych Institute. Click on “View All Courses” at the bottom and select “Marriage Mini Workshop.”

Resources

For Your Marriage / En Español

Marriage: Unique for a Reason / En Español

National Marriage Week

Statements

U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

Letter to all Bishops by Archbishop Charles Chaput on National Marriage Week