National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) is a great time to support marriage. As Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth said in his 2016 letter to all U.S. bishops, National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day (the second Sunday in February) provide opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”
The annual observance of National Marriage Week encourages diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.
Here are some resources that can help you celebrate marriage this week.
- Spend a little dedicated time in prayer and reflection by participating in one of our seven-day virtual retreats focused on marriage. New this year! A retreat on “Marriage and Mercy” in honor of the Jubilee of Mercy.
- Take a look at our Daily Marriage Tips. Maybe you’ll find a new idea to strengthen your relationship.
- Find more resources on the USCCB National Marriage Week page, including a preaching resource and bulletin insert.
- The website for National Marriage Week offers helpful ideas for building up your own marriage, recommended reading, supporting marriage in the community and much more. There’s also a listing of marriage-building events throughout the country.