The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home.
—  Pope John Paul II,   Familiaris Consortio, 51

Marriage is a Mission

"The family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates. In a family which is conscious of this mission, all the members evangelize and are evangelized. And such a family becomes the evangelizer of many other families, and of the neighborhood of which it forms part."

Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 71

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Parish Marriage Preparation Pathways

Witness to Love / Testimonio de Amor

Witness to Love is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage formation that integrates life-skills and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue. It's mission is to build and sustain communities of evangelizing spouses to be light in our world. Couples choose their mentor couple (which meets certain criteria) and it's goal is to continue that friendship and support after the wedding. A free parish retreat called "Be More" (with videos) can used to supplement sacramental catechesis.

Testimonio de Amor es un modelo de tutoría basado en virtudes de formación matrimonial que integra habilidades y virtudes para la vida. Una pareja de mentores les da a las parejas comprometidas una conexión concreta y una integración en la parroquia. Al compartir la propia jornada matrimonial de las parejas mentoras, la pareja comprometida hereda un "salvavidas" de apoyo en su compromiso con Jesús y Su Iglesia. Las parejas eligen a su propia pareja mentora con la intención de continuar esa amistad y apoyo después de la boda.

Joy-Filled Marriage / Un Matrimonio Lleno de Alegría

Joy-Filled Marriage offers a comprehensive approach to marriage preparation that covers not only the sacramentality and theology of marriage, but the practical life skills necessary to live out the rich Catholic vision of marriage. Designed to be done as a self-paced course or with a live mentor couple, with an option for a completion certificate for easy tracking.

Un Matrimonio Lleno de Alegría ofrece un enfoque integral para la preparación matrimonial que cubre no solo la teología del matrimonio y también las habilidades prácticas para la vida necesarias para vivir la rica visión católica del matrimonio. Diseñado para realizarse como un curso a su propio ritmo o con una pareja de mentores en vivo, con la opción de un certificado de finalización para facilitar el seguimiento.

Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage / Amado: Encontrando la Felicidad en el Matrimonio

Beloved invites you to explore the mystery and meaning of marriage. Designed to be in small group settings, or led at a parish retreat, the Augustine Institute has beautifully produce six video sessions to be done with a workbook. The first six sessions focuses heavily on the sacramental theology of marriage.

Amado te invita a explorar el misterio y el significado del matrimonio. Diseñado para estar en grupos pequeños, o dirigido en un retiro parroquial, el Instituto Agustín ha producido maravillosamente doce sesiones de video que se realizarán con un libro de trabajo. Las primeras seis sesiones se centran en gran medida en la sacramentalidad y preparación matrimonial, mientras que las últimas seis sesiones son destinadas a enriquecimiento matrimonial para las parejas que ya están casadas. (Doblado al español)

Parish Marriage Prep Coordinators Documents