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

Catholic Dating is a recorded, livestreamed 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.

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 – Dancing as One: The Head and the Heart of Marriage

Hosted by Resurrection Catholic Church
Saturday, February 12
1:30 PM – 9:00 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. 

Evermore in Love Weekend Immersion

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
February 26-27, 2022

Formerly called the Living in Love retreat, this weekend for married couples is packed with insights and exercises that will help you experience the wonder of being more in love! We are excited to see you in person in Jacksonville, FL.

Cost is only $100 with promo code BTJOY.

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
Presented by Witness to Love
witnesstolove.org/datenight/

Witness to Love provides a virtual date night series in English, Spanish, for military couples, as well as first responders and hospital workers. Each date night promises an enriching experience and will include a video from a dynamic couple plus reflection questions. Presenting couples will shine the light on the power of resilience, prayer, living the virtues and community /parish support. The experience will be a combination of date night/parish mission/retreat/small group. Take this time to renew and enrich your marriage while building new relationships with other couples!

Retreats

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 (2021)

A free, 7-day virtual retreat is provided by ForYourMarriage.org, a marriage initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The retreat theme for 2021 was “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.

Resources

For Your Marriage / En Español

Marriage: Unique for a Reason / En Español

National Marriage Week

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

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