Marriage and Family

Marriage Resources and Support

There are a wide range of organisations and networks of volunteers involved in developing our understanding of marriage and work to actively support married couples.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Couple Counselling and Advice

The Couple Connection is a “do-it-yourself” relationship support service run by OnePlusOne, a leading relationships research organization. Submit questions to trained professionals, engage in conversation with other couples, share tips on sustaining a healthy relationship, and more.

Marriage Care, in addition to providing marriage preparation and relationship education, also offers relationship counselling.

Research into Marriage

A wide range of contemporary research affirms the importance of marriage. Please visit the sites below to learn more.
A charity committed to strengthening the quality of marriage and family relationships.
A UK website which collects research and articles about marriage from various sources.
A divorce prevention and marriage education programme developed by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, Susan Blumberg and the University of Denver team, which specialises in research into the benefits of marriage preparation and other topics related to relationships and marriage.

For Your Marriage
A website supporting marriage from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Witness of Marriage

Explore is an educational charity that seeks to engage young people in reflecting upon relationships and marriage through programmes delivered by Explore through schools and colleges. An Explore session engages young people in identifying the questions they have about marriage and then offers them an opportunity to pose these questions to married volunteer couples.

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Marriage Prayer

Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us. Help us to work that love into practical things so that nothing can divide us. We ask for words both kind and loving and hearts always ready to ask forgiveness as well as to forgive. Dear Lord, we put our marriage into your hands. Amen.

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Marriage Enrichment Opportunities

Marriage Encounter is a popular programme offering dynamic weekend retreats for married couples. These retreats give the couple the chance to reflect on and strengthen their relationship.

Teams of Our Lady helps couples, with the guidance of a spiritual counsellor, live the sacrament of marriage more fully. Features of the programme include monthly “team meetings,” activities, and reflections.

Cana Retreats, offered by the Chemin Neuf community, are weeklong spiritual retreats in which couples step back from the pressures of their everyday lives, reflect on God’s role in their relationship, and learn how to pray together.

The Association of Interchurch Families offers support to spouses from different Christian denominations, and to their children. Through group meetings, advocacy, and family activities, the Association celebrates the opportunities of such relationships and the role of interchurch couples as signs of unity.

National Marriage Week is an annual series of events promoting and celebrating the importance of healthy marriages. On the local level, National Marriage Week often involves parish-based events and activities for couples.