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!
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: Dating Project Assignment.
Resources. Helpful articles, research, and presentations on dating can be found at ForYourMarriage.org and The Chastity Project.
Helpful Tools for Couples
Date Night Ideas
We’ve provided a simple resource with a few date night ideas and conversation starters: download here.
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. Click here for more information.
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. Click here to take the 5 Love Languages quiz for free!
Diocesan Marriage Renewal
Diocesan Marriage Renewal is holding a retreat for married couples the weekend of February 10-12 at the Marywood Retreat Center. Registration is only $35. Visit www.dmrjax.org for more information and to register.
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 17-19 at the Hyatt Place Hotel near the Jacksonville airport. For more information or to register, click here.
ForYourMarriage. A free, 7-day virtual retreat is provided by ForYourMarriage.org, a marriage initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This guided experience can be done from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.
CatholicPsych Institute. Dr. Gregory Bottaro hosts a free, online mini-marriage course through the CatholicPsych Institute: catholicmindfulness.teachable.com.