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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.


Moments of Grace

Author Christopher de Vinck gratefully contemplates the people, events and things of daily life. Our reviewer says: “Readers are likely to come upon a few mirror images of themselves in this book’s pages.”


Making "I Do" Work

Making "I Do" Work

Celebrating wedding days takes on a deeper meaning when one realizes that a couple’s success in married life affects not only themselves, but also their communities and all of society. Besides giving gifts and throwing showers, what can we all do to support married couples and encourage strong marriages?


Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Weddings are steeped in tradition, so we can be surprised when some of the expected elements “go missing.” Why are some of these words and actions (for example, “I now pronounce you man and wife”) not part of the Catholic wedding ceremony?


A Wedding Planning Reality Check

A Wedding Planning Reality Check

If you’re caught up in the stress of wedding planning, step back for a moment and consider what’s really important about your big day.


Dating? Four Basics to Keep in Mind

Dating? Four Basics to Keep in Mind

Dating can be a wonderful time in a person’s life, challenging a person to grow and to learn more about others. In this article a young adult reflects on four basic points to keep in mind when dating.


The social community

From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The social community, if it is to live in peace, is also called to draw inspiration from the values on which the family community is based.


A souce of great security for children

From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The love between father and mother is a source of great security for children and it teaches them the beauty of faithful and lasting love.


In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the […]


Responsorial Psalms

Responsorial Psalms

1. 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness. […]


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