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Marriage Week Feb. 7-14: Celebrating the gift & blessing of marriage

Image: Young married couple"Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race...
 
It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life.
 
Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family."– U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan 

National Marriage Week is Feb. 7-14 & World Marriage Day is Feb. 11

National Marriage Week is an opportunity “to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family” says Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth in his letter to all U.S. bishops.

Related

Married couples, make a virtual marriage retreat  (For your marriageOn Facebook)
 
The annual observance of National Marriage Week in the United States encourages a conversation on how strong marriages promote and sustain strong societies by curtailing poverty and benefiting children.
For more information: www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org 

Ash Wednesday & Valentine's Day 2018

This year, the largely secular celebration of Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) coincides with Ash Wednesday and some have inquired if a dispensation from the obligations to fast and abstain from meat will be given.

Catholics throughout the world recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayerful reflection and penance, as is evident by the large number of churchgoers on this day.

In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday the obligation of fast and abstinence must naturally be the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine's Day can appropriately be celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which also happens to be Mardi Gras, a traditionally festive time before beginning our Lenten observance.
(Resource: A/D of Chicago) 

Additional resources

Try these: New Year's resolutions for couples (For your Marriage)
Marriage & Family on the diocesan website
Retrouvaille - A program solely dedicated to providing the necessary support to help save marriages.
For Your Marriage | Por tu Matrimonio has a variety of resources for married couples and those preparing for Catholic marriage.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman
 
Photo description: "Bride and Groom" by Steve Hankins on Flickr, copyright (c) July 2010, made available under an Attribution 2.0 Generic license.