February 7-14 marks the annual celebration of National Marriage Week USA. World Marriage Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. This year, World Marriage Day is Sunday, Feb. 10.
National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities for “building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to his brother bishops.
The USCCB offers resources to the faithful for the promotion and defense of marriage as a lifelong union of one man and one woman through its dedicated websites ForYourMarriage.org, PorTuMatrimonio.org, and MarriageUniqueForAReason.org. Additional resources specifically for the celebration of National Marriage Week, including a preaching resource, poster, and prayer intentions, can be found on the USCCB website: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week.cfm.
Starting Feb. 7, a daily virtual marriage retreat for couples will be made available on the ForYourMarriage.org website and via the For Your Marriage social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The seven-day retreat will focus on the theme “Marriage: Made for a Reason.” A rosary for married couples and for families in need of healing will be live-streamed from the chapel at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC via the USCCB Facebook page and Twitter feed on Friday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. EST. A conversation about marriage will be livestreamed on the USCCB Facebook page Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. EST.
A wide array of prayer cards, books and pamphlets on marriage and family can be ordered online through the USCCB store.
National Marriage Week USA, launched in 2010, is part of an international event seeking to mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in a common purpose to strengthen marriage in communities and influence the culture. . World Marriage Day was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the World Marriage Day Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., honoring marriage and saluting the beauty of faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in married life. During this Mass, there will be a special blessing for sacramentally-married couples and an opportunity for them to renew their marital commitment. For more information on this event, visit the link below.