Celebrate Marriage during National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week is being celebrated February 7-14, and this year’s theme is To Have, To Hold, To Honor.

The annual celebration is a great opportunity to reflect on the gift of marriage to our Church and our country, and is also an opportunity for couples to consider the ways in which they may nurture and strengthen their own marriages.

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“As Catholics we believe that marriage is both a sacrament and a vocation, a calling for spouses to be bearers of God’s love in their family and in the world,” said Linda Milco, Coordinator of Marriage and Family for the Diocese of Saginaw.

“The entire Church benefits from couples who are living the sacrament of marriage faithfully in their daily lives. It provides an invaluable witness to a life of sacrifice and service, to which we have all been called.”

Research shows the benefits of marriage on couples (married adults live longer, have better health and report greater personal happiness), marriage also greatly benefits children and is a stabilizing factor in society. However, the number of people choosing marriage continues to drop. For every 1,000 unmarried adults in 1970, 86 got married. In 2019, that number was only 33.

So, what can we do to encourage couples to receive God’s grace in the sacrament of marriage, which helps us live out our love to each other through Christ, and gives us the generosity, wisdom and courage we need for the challenges we face? We can share our Faith with others and help them grow in relationship with Christ and the Church. We also need to support and encourage married couples and make the necessary time to nourish our own marriages.

During this National Marriage Week, there are a number of resources available which offer nourishment, support and encouragement, including:

Here are some highlighted episodes on marriage:

Episode 6: Real Marriage vs. the Ideal

Episode 10: Men & Women: Not Two Halves, but Two Wholes

Episode 51: Engagement: Planning a Wedding or a Marriage?

Check out the Daily Marriage Tips.

Maybe you’ll find a new idea to strengthen your relationship

Check out the For Your Marriage website for articles on marriage, engagement, dating, parenting and family.

Among the many titles are:

How to Pray with Your Spouse: Four simple steps:

Changing Yourself and Your Spouse

25 Ways to Fight Fair

How to Take Young Children to Mass
National Marriage Week culminates with World Marriage Day on February 14 which honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life. Check with your local parish for any special events they are sponsoring.

Learn more ways you can celebrate National Marriage Week.