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

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! 

Retreats

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

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.

Virtual Retreats

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.

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



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