WASHINGTON—NationalMarriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities "to focus onbuilding a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promotingmarriage and the family," wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to his brother bishops.
February7-14 marks the annual celebration of National Marriage Week USA. World MarriageDay is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. This year, WorldMarriage Day is Sunday, February 11, coinciding with the World Day of the Sick.
TheUSCCB offers resources to the faithful for the promotion and defense ofmarriage as a lifelong union of one man and one woman through its dedicatedwebsites ForYourMarriage.org, PorTuMatrimonio.org, and MarriageUniqueForAReason.org. Additionalresources specifically for the celebration of National Marriage Week, includinga homily resource, bulletin insert, poster, and prayer intentions, can be foundon the USCCB website: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week.cfm.
StartingFebruary 7, a daily virtual marriage retreat for couples will be made availableon the ForYourMarriage.org website and via the For Your Marriage social mediachannels on Facebook and Twitter. The seven-day retreat will focus on the theme"Marriage: School of Life and Love." A rosary for engaged and married couplesand for families in need of healing will be live-streamed from the chapel atthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC via theUSCCB Facebook page and Twitter feed on Friday, February 9 at 3:00 pm EST.
Awide array of prayer cards, books and pamphlets on marriage and family can beordered online through the USCCB store.
NationalMarriage Week USA, launched in 2010, is part of an international event seekingto mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in a common purpose tostrengthen marriage in communities and influence the culture. For informationand resources, visit: NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org. World MarriageDay was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Keywords:Archbishop Charles Chaput, National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Sunday,marriage, family, USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, For YourMarriage, Por Tu Matrimonio, Marriage Unique for a Reason
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