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National Marriage Week Starts Now

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February 7, 2019

The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 10) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.

The California Catholic Conference supports and defends the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society. We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity. We support the fundamental rights of parents and advocate for children’s well-being.

This year’s National Marriage Week theme is “Marriage: Made for a Reason” and there are numerous ways and resources available to celebrate.  

There is a virtual marriage retreat available to spend time in dedicated prayer and reflection.  

Made for Love is a Catholic audio storytelling podcast series, featuring stories of real people living out the call to love. It can be accessed here or on iTunes under “Made for Love.”

You can find more materials on the USCCB National Marriage Week page, including a Preaching Resource for clergy, a letter from Archbishop Chaput and a flyer for your parish.

The USCCB website offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. There are also video and print materials available.

There is also an extensive collection of resources for couples who are married or preparing for marriage in English and Spanish at and

For further information on the international event, visit