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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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Resources and Surveys

February 7, 2012 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

"A committed, permanent, faithful relationship of husband wife is the root of a family. It strengthens all the members, provides best for the needs of children, and causes the church of the home to be an effective sign of Christ in the world" (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Follow the Way of Love: A Pastoral Message to Families

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

Monsignor Jeremiah McCarthy

Father McCarthy, professor of moral theology and academic liaison officer at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, has served as director of accreditation for the Association of Theological Schools, President of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and ethics consultant for the California Catholic Conference.  His 2001 article on human sexuality deals with the elements of the Catholic moral vision.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

The USCCB has provided a Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series (updated December 1, 2009), which lists hundreds of texts approved for parish and school catechesis.

November 29, 2011 Marriage and Family Life, Resources and Surveys

In April 2007, the Committee on Marriage and Family Life of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned a survey of U.S. adult Catholics on their awareness and understanding of Catholic teaching on marriage, their attitude about marriage, and their personal experience in marriage preparation, the sacrament of marriage and daily married life.

“The research reflects that many U.S. Catholics see marriage in the Catholic Church as having a lasting effect on their relationships and faith.”