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Living the Mission

As the fall season surrounds us, Mary Jo reflects on the changing seasons of family life and how family members’ actions are called to reflect their love for one another in times of both joy and trial.


How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

Want to include service to others in your wedding ceremony? Catholic Relief Services has some tips!


Making Multicultural Relationships Work: Our Experience as a Chilean-American Couple

Making Multicultural Relationships Work: Our Experience as a Chilean-American Couple

Megan and Juan, a Catholic Chilean-American couple, reflect on the challenges and blessings that come as part of a multicultural relationship.


Counting the Days Until Marriage, Not the Wedding

Counting the Days Until Marriage, Not the Wedding

The countdown to the biggest day of my life flashes prominently on my carefully-crafted wedding website and my thorough Knot.com profile, quantifying just how much time I have left before my CatholicMatch boyfriend turned CatholicMatch finance becomes my husband. Even though there is a lot of time before our big day, the how-to books and […]


3 Modern Obstacles to a Healthy Marriage

3 Modern Obstacles to a Healthy Marriage

If this story, about a couple married for 62 years who died 4 hours apart, does not make you sigh just a little, well … I’m not sure you have a soul. Or how about the story about Fred Stobaugh, the 96-year-old widower who wrote an ode to his late wife, “Sweet Lorraine,” and entered […]


Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before ‘I Do’

Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before ‘I Do’

One of my favorite parts of my engagement to my fiancé George, (whom I met on CatholicMatch), came after I said, “Yes.” In the days and weeks following that sunny Saturday in June, treasured nuggets of information began to trickle out from our family and friends, cluing me into the behind the scenes planning that […]


When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

In my then-boyfriend’s apartment, I smiled while I quietly asked a question: “What crossed your mind the first time you saw me?” He thoughtfully paused, and aligned his eyes with mine, before he answered without blinking (and, apparently, without thinking): “I want a piece of her.” You want a piece of me? The line led to […]


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

Anthony and I are married. It’s surreal to type that sentence. We’re on our honeymoon as I write this, and we’ve had several moments together in the last two weeks when we look at the other and think, “what did we just do?” The reality of our marriage seems so much bigger than us, and, […]


Advice to the Groom

Advice to the Groom

As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day on June 15, here’s a wonderful letter from a dad to his soon-to-be-married son. It offers timeless advice, whether you’ve been married one year or 20. Happy Father’s Day to all Dads, Granddads, and expectant Dads!


A Vatican Valentine’s Experience

A Vatican Valentine’s Experience

Where did you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Engaged couple Paul and Alison had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of spending their Valentine’s Day in Rome with Pope Francis.


April 3, 2014

Parents-in-law can be a great support both practically and emotionally to a young married couple, but the negative jokes and stereotypes about in-laws aren’t created out of thin air. If there’s in-law tension in your marriage, talk about boundaries and always treat your spouse’s parents with respect.


Marriage Rite, Second Edition, What’s New?

Marriage Rite, Second Edition, What’s New?

Attention brides and grooms: there are some changes coming to the Marriage Rite, including an optional Litany of the Saints and cultural adaptations. Read on to find out more!


How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?

Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.


Avoiding wedding photography mishaps

Avoiding wedding photography mishaps

Note: the following is re-posted with permission from The Compass, the official newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Original link here. A video on YouTube is making the rounds on photography websites and blogs. I decided to join the discussion here because it relates to photography in a religious setting. In the […]


Planning a Wedding: Ten Tips

Planning a Wedding: Ten Tips

Marriage is a Sacrament! The celebration of Marriage is not just a religious ceremony. A marriage between two Christians is a sacrament, which means it is an encounter with Jesus Christ. In a particular way, the bride and the groom, in offering their lives to each other (symbolized in their vows), pledge their selfless love […]


Dating Breakups in the Age of Smart Phones: Effects on Future Commitment

Breaking up is hard to do. But modern technology, and especially social media, might make it even harder to really end a dating relationship, says researcher Scott Stanley. The rise of what he calls “soft” breakups could have effects on a person’s future commitment to a spouse.


The Marriage Vows

The exchange of consent is the heart of the Rite of Marriage. Couples may declare their consent using one of the following formulas: 1. I (name) take you (name) to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you […]


Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

This new video resource walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings. Ideal for engaged couples, their families and anyone who is involved in Catholic marriage preparation.


Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

If you’re thinking about getting married, you’re probably also thinking about where to have the ceremony. John Bosio, author of three books on marriage, explains why marrying in the Catholic Church can have a positive impact on the rest of your married life.


Advice to the Groom

Advice to the Groom

The wedding season is moving into high gear. With attention focused on the bride, the groom often gets overlooked. A wise dad shares practical–and touching–advice with his soon-to-be-married son.


Immigration Reform: Keeping Families Clearly in Mind

Scripture “is filled with migrating people who journey toward God,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory in a speech encouraging strong support for comprehensive immigration reform. His speech, given at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops, highlighted the bishops’ concern that “family reunification remain the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy.”


Which Catholic (or Other) Dating Website Is Right for Me?

Which Catholic (or Other) Dating Website Is Right for Me?

The United States has over 40 million people registered on over 1,500 online dating sites. It’s helpful to know how they can be useful to Catholics.


Can Dating Websites Help You Find a Spouse?

Can Dating Websites Help You Find a Spouse?

Almost 40 million Americans have tried internet dating and almost 20% of marriages began as an online relationship. What should you know about the advantages and limitations of dating websites?


June 22, 2012

Every once in a while surprise him/her with a gesture of kindness, such as a cup of coffee or help with the dishes.


Planning Your Catholic Wedding: Ten Tips

Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Congratulations! Whether your wedding is next month or next year, here are some helpful tips for making it a ceremony to remember.


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