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For Your Marriage

About Us

For Your Marriage helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources.

The website was launched in 2007 as part of the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to communicate the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society.

We invite you to email the For Your Marriage team with questions or comments: marriage@usccb.org. First, please see below to find out whether your question can be answered by an article on the website or another person better suited to assist you.

Information for press and media, as well as approved graphics for media use, can be found in our press kit.

Marriage Preparation & Weddings

  • If you have a question about the steps to get married in the Catholic Church, please visit Getting Married Catholic.
  • If you have a question about whether you can marry in the Catholic Church, please contact your parish priest.
  • If you have a question about which marriage preparation course you need to take, please contact the parish where you will be getting married.
  • If you have a question about the Catholic wedding ceremony, please visit Planning a Catholic Wedding.
  • If you have a question about weddings between a Catholic and non-Catholic, please visit our page on Ecumenical and Interfaith Marriages.
  • If you have questions about Natural Family Planning or Catholic teaching about its morality in marriage, please contact nfp@usccb.org; tel. 1-202-541-3240.

Declaration of Nullity (Annulment)

If you have a question about the declaration of nullity process in general, please see this page. If you have a question about beginning a process, please contact your parish priest or your diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Your diocese’s website can be found using this tool.

Validity of Marriage and Convalidation

If you have a question about the validity of your marriage or the convalidation process, please contact your parish priest.

Sacraments

If you have a question about your ability to participate in the sacraments, please contact your parish priest. If you have a question about obtaining proof of the reception of a sacrament (baptism, confirmation, or wedding certificates), please contact the parish where the sacrament was received.

Marriage Difficulties

For couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage, information is available in the Overcoming Adversity section and on the Support for Troubled Marriages page. You may also want to seek out help from your parish priest or deacon, a trusted counselor, or your local Catholic Charities. A state-by-state list of marriage-friendly therapists is available through the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists.

Domestic Violence

If you have a question about domestic violence or abuse, please see the Domestic Violence page or call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233).

Permissions

If you would like permission to reprint or repost content from For Your Marriage, please contact us and specify what page(s) you would like to use and in what format. Please note that we are not able to grant permission to use the photos on our website.

Marriage Resources

To order marriage resources (pamphlets, bookmarks, documents, etc.) from the USCCB, please visit our section in the USCCB Store.

Daily Marriage Tip

During Lent, Christians reflect on Jesus’s 40 days in the desert. Deserts are lonely places where we have to face ourselves, flaws and all. Give each other some quiet personal time to ponder this mystery today.

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