Archdiocese observes ‘National Marriage Week’ Feb. 7 - 14
February 7, 2020
HOUSTON — The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joins the national observation of National Marriage Week from Feb. 7 to 14 in the U.S. World Marriage Day will be observed on Sunday, Feb. 9; it is annually celebrated on the second Sunday of February.
Each year, National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day provide the opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting, promoting, and upholding marriage and the family.
The theme chosen by the USCCB to celebrate National Marriage Week, “Stories from the Domestic Church,” was announced by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth in a letter to bishops.
The theme was chosen to demonstrate how “spouses are consecrated and by means of a special grace build up the Body of Christ and form a domestic church” as Pope Francis reminded the faithful in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (n. 67).
In Houston, the Office of Family Life Ministry is hosting a Valentine’s Day Date Night on Feb. 15 at the Hilton Houston Westchase, located at 9999 Westheimer Rd. in Houston, with special guest and speaker Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. The special evening includes hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner, prizes, dancing and souvenirs. For costs, details and registration, click here, or call 713-741-8711.
Throughout the year, the Office of Family Life Ministry offers a variety of programs and information for couples who are married, preparing for marriage, parents and for families.
Among the resources provided by the USCCB includes a seven-day virtual marriage retreat for married couples, available in English and Spanish. Resources, available in English and Spanish, are available here.
This year’s retreat features testimonies of couples who live out the call of love and form “domestic churches” within their immediate and extended families. The term “domestic church” can be used to describe how “the Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion”. (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, n. 21) The retreat, which runs from February 7 to 14, offers married couples an opportunity to pray and reflect about marriage in God’s plan.
A Rosary for married couples and families in need of healing will be live streamed from the chapel at the USCCB in Washington on the Conference’s Facebook page on Wednesday, February 12 at 3:00 pm ET.
National Marriage Week USA is a national movement promoting education about the benefits of marriage for reducing poverty and benefiting children. It was launched in 2010 as part of International Marriage Week, with 20 major countries around the world now mobilizing leaders and events to strengthen marriage in their countries.
For information and resources, visit NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org. World Marriage Day was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as a marriage enrichment program.