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Catholic Household Blessing & Prayers

Families can use Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers to:

  • Learn essential prayers that Catholics need to know by memory
  • Practice the simple form of the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Celebrate the feasts and seasons of the Church year in ritual and prayer
  • Bless the advent wreath, Christmas crèche, and Easter foods
  • Lead grace before and after meals
  • Pray for family members
  • Bless the home before a move and in times of trouble

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Prayer Cards for Married Couples, Mothers, Fathers, Families

The prayer cards can be used to celebrate the institution of marriage-what the union means, and how coming together and working together promotes unity, strength, stability and helps sustain relationships. Prayer cards can be left in the Church vestibule, used for pre-nuptial and general marriage counseling, and stocked in bookstores.

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Marriage Prep

January 12, 2015 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

Excerpt from Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage from the Pontifical Council for the Family (1996)

The starting point for an itinerary of marriage preparation is the awareness that the marriage covenant was taken up and raised to a sacrament of the New Covenant by the Lord Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The sacrament joins the spouses to the self-giving love of Christ the Bridegroom for the Church, his Bride (cf. Ephesians 5: 25-32) by making them the image of, and sharers in this love.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of Canon 1067 and with due regard for Canon 1068, hereby decrees that the following norms shall be observed in preparation of a couple for marriage:

  1. The couple should receive appropriate education and pastoral preparation through participation in a marriage preparation program approved by the diocesan bishop;

  2. Parties should be questioned as to their freedom to marry;

  3. Baptized Catholics should present a recently issued annotated baptismal certificate;

Marriage and Family Life, Marriage Prep

Some (Arch)dioceses have links on their website directly to marriage preparation guidelines and some offer various guidelines through their family life ministries or catechetical offices.