A healthy marriage reflects the nature of Christ and His relationship toward us, His Church. It provides a secure foundation for all other relationships, it is a source of stability and perspective and it provides the ideal setting for children to attain family values and to receive their initial faith formation. Cultivating marriages is one of the most powerful ways to foster parish life, as John Paul II said in his Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio: “The future of humanity passes by the way of the family.”
For Your Marriage
An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this site provides resources for couples who are dating, engaged or married. As well as parenting resources, news and blogs. Visit www.foryourmarriage.org; the site is also available in Spanish at www.portumatrimonio.org.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
This overnight weekend experience is designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. The weekend provides an environment conducive for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It is presented by three married couples and a Roman Catholic priest. Visit www.wwme.org; the site is also available in Spanish at www.nycemm.com.
Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial
El fin de semana de Encuentro Matrimonial es una experiencia positiva y personal que ofrece tanto al esposo como a la esposa la oportunidad de mirar profundamente dentro de su relación matrimonial y de cada uno con Dios. Es un tiempo para compartir sus sentimientos, esperanzas y sueños con el otro. Ver más.
World Marriage Day
Celebrated the second Sunday in February, this day honors the Sacrament of Marriage; husband and wife united in Christ as the head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in married life. In our diocese, many parishes and deaneries have made this day an annual celebration to support married couples in their local communities. While each parish or congregation may customize the fine points, a basic event includes a Eucharistic celebration with the renewal of wedding vows. The diocese provides a sample prayer service and liturgy for World Marriage Day as well as other suggestions for this celebration in English and Spanish.
Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration
In an effort to reach out to families and to support the sacrament of marriage, we sponsor an Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass to celebrate milestone anniversaries like 25, 40, 50 or above years of marriage. Couples who attend have the opportunity of being greeted by the Bishop –- usually Bishop DiMarzio, and take a commemorative picture with him. There is a reception with light refreshments following the Mass. It is usually held in the spring every year, alternating between Brooklyn and Queens.
For more information about these programs, contact:
Office of Faith Formation