Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God.
The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. It has these main elements:
- Marriage unites a couple in faithful and mutual love
- Marriage opens a couple to giving life
- Marriage is a way to respond to God’s call to holiness
- Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ’s love in the world
If you need resources for your marriage please see below –
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“For Your Marriage” http://www.foryourmarriage.org/
The Bishops launched the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage in 2005 to call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. The crowning achievement of the Initiative was the Bishops’ 2009 pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.
Examples :Daily Marriage Tips; Blogs; Excerpts from Amoris Laetitia; Natural Family Planning
“Marriage: Unique for a Reason” http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/
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
FAQ’s; Blogs; Pope Francis Corner; Videos
World Wide Marriage Encounter –
LA West Web Site: http://www.ilovemyspouse.net/
Local Weekends : ♥ August 4-6, 2017; ♥ November 3-5, 2017
World Wide Marriage Encounter Web Site: http://www.wwme.org/
The Marriage Encounter Weekend offers married couples a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It is an opportunity to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God.
For more information, contact Brian & Lindy Wynne at 310-483-1937.
A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages
St. Lawrence Chapter of Christian Family Movement
The Christian Family Movement (CFM) at St. Lawrence Martyr Parish is an organization of families growing together and helping each other recharge Christian family values. CFM has touched the lives of a great many of our parishioners over the years, fostered lifelong friendships and a mutual support system for the families here, and its fun! CFM activities consist of monthly small group adult meetings, large group family events and many opportunities for social outreach.
For more information, contact Mary and John Poprac at 310-375-9242,or by email.
Marriage Preparation Engaged Encounter (CEE)
Marriage and Family Enrichment Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Ministry to the Widowed (NAIM) Ministry to Separated and Divorced
Other Social Media Resources
The Five Love Languages
Dr. Gary Chapman: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
Save your Marriage before it starts Drs. Les & Leslie Parrot
Devotions: Videos; On Line educational Materials
Thriving Families –
Dr. John & Clare Yzaguirre- Marriage and Family Practice