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Promoting family, strengthening society: Michigan Celebrates Marriage

The seven dioceses in the state of Michigan are observing 2015 as a Year for Marriage.

For husbands and wives, marriage is a reassurance that the couple will always be there for one another, no matter what happens. Throughout all of the changes that have come their way, Socorro and Tony have grown closer together and have found strength through their marriage. To learn more about the importance of marriage, visit

 Marriage Gives Strength


Watch additional videos on marriage (Michigan Celebrates Marriage YouTube Channel)


Prayer for Marriage and Family
Heavenly Father, your Son, Jesus, once part of a family, is a blessing for husbands and wives, for fathers and mothers and their children.
Help our moms and dads to be faithful to each other and open to new life, your gift to them. Guide them to raise their children to be good citizens of both heaven and earth. Pour your Holy Spirit upon married couples to strengthen their bond, upon all families that they may face the challenges of our times with strength that comes from the Gospel, and upon our homes that they may be places of love and joy and thus a source of blessing for our Church and our society.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
(Prayer for the 2015 Year for Marriage composed by Bishop Earl Boyea. It is recommended that this prayer be said at the conclusion of the Prayer of the Faithful or at the end of Mass.)

Catholic Teaching on Marriage
Letters to Families (Pope John Paul II, 1994)
Familiaris Consortio (Pope John Paul II, 1981)
Original Unity of Man and Woman (Pope John Paul II, 1979–1980)
John Paul II on Love & Responsibility (Love & Responsibility Foundation, 2002)
Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul IV, 1968)
Resources from the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Marriage and family resources on the diocesan website.

Special attention around marriage will be given to specific Sundays during the coming year: December 28, 2014; February 8, 2015; June 14, 2015August, 23, 2015; and October 4, 2015. Each of these Sundays has readings tied to marriage, family and the relationship of marriage and family to God.

For more information, visit

Read about the Year for Marriage in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Envision (from the diocesan office of faith formation)

You can also contact Mark Mann in the office for family, youth and young adult ministries: email or by telephone at (616) 475-1243.

Take a virtual marriage retreat (For Your Marriage)
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