National Marriage Week is Feb. 7-14 and World Marriage Day is Feb. 9 – both of which are opportunities to “focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family,” says the U.S. bishop’s chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.  

This year’s theme – “Stories from the Domestic Church" – seeks "to demonstrate how 'spouses are consecrated and by means of a special grace build up the Body of Christ and form a domestic Church (Amoris Laetitia, n. 67),'” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said.

As such, there are many resources being offered to help individuals, families and communities help strengthen marriages and celebrate married couples’ influences in society:

• Prayer for Married Couples

• Virtual Married Retreat

Made for Love Catholic podcast series

Marriage: Unique for a Reason

• More resources to strengthen your marriage/advice for dating and engaged couples (En Español)

May this week, the archbishop said, “foster an ever-deeper appreciation for the gift of marriage and the blessings of family life. May the Lord reward you for proclaiming, defending and witnessing to the beauty and gift of marriage and the family.”