National Marriage Week is celebrated from 7th to 14th February, the week’s aim is to draw attention to the value of marriage, for individuals, family life and civil society.
This month we suggest parishes consider how to celebrate the vocation of marriage. Suggestions or ideas for how best to do this could include;
Organise a parish social for married couples.
Arrange to display wedding photographs of couples in your parish.
Hold a Mass for Matrimony with renewal of vows.
Pray for all married couples in the Sunday Intercessions.
Send a card to a couple who were married in the parish within the last three years.
Have a marriage themed film night to get people talking about marriage.
The Call, The Journey and The Mission. An Invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales to reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life.
When2Pray When2Pray is designed to help couples to pray together—an encouragement to get started and an inspiration to keep going.
Celebrating Saint Valentine a lovely message from our SmartLoving friends.
This initiative is inspired by The Joy of Love, a letter from Pope Francis to the world, where he emphasises the fundamental importance of time together and personal communication as foundations for a love that lasts.
So instead of buying a gift for each other, couples commit to time together – a meal, a walk, a remembrance of how we met, and so on.
Given that St. Valentine’s day falls this year on Ash Wednesday this is a good year to think outside the chocolate box!
Take a look around our Marriage and Family Life Resources.
Everyone is invited to take part in the celebration, not just those who are married, because marriage and family life, as the place where we learn to love and live well with others, and support each other through thick and thin, in spite of our differences, is the basic building block for stability in society, and as such holds deep significance for everyone.
“There was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus also was invited….” (John 2:1-2)