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  • Church recorded marriagesa have declined 35% in 20 years. Don’t turn them away. At least they want to marry! The great majority of American high school seniors still want to get married, with 82 percent of girls and 70 percent of boys recently saying that “having a good marriage and family life” is “extremely important” to them. These percentages, in fact, represent a slight increase from the late 1970s. But as high schoolers reach young adulthood, when the attraction of cohabitation and careers gains strong currency, making the actual commitment to marriage is not easy. Young people need, therefore, to be made continually aware of the many benefits married life brings, both for themselves and for their children. The great majority of American high school seniors still want to get married, with 82 percent of girls and 70 percent of boys recently saying that “having a good marriage and family life” is “extremely important” to them. These percentages, in fact, represent a slight increase from the late 1970s. But as high schoolers reach young adulthood, when the attraction of cohabitation and careers gains strong currency, making the actual commitment to marriage is not easy. Young people need, therefore, to be made continually aware of the many benefits married life brings, both for themselves and for their children. Young people need, therefore, to be made continually aware of the many benefits married life brings, both for themselves and for their children. The empirical evidence is now strong and persuasive that a good marriage enhances personal happiness, economic success, health and longevity. State of Our Unions 2007 Popenoe
  • Attitudes toward marriage preparation are colored by a sense of belonging to and participation in church practice. Many are similar to Inquirers in RCIA.
  • National study 2001. Mandatory nature of MP not seen as detrimental.
  • Getting people to marry is one thing, helping them to stay married is something else entirely. Helping people to stay married is the main focus of an important set of programs known as marriage education. Typically conducted in group settings rather than counseling situations, marriage education programs focus on developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for making a wise marital choice and having a successful marriage. Although marriage education has been around for many decades, it recently has been thrust into the limelight thanks to widespread publicity and government financial assistance.
  • Promote a new attitude about marriage among young adults: Move from immediate gratification, and short-term personal gain—and give greater emphasis to issues of community and social solidarity. This could come about through a growing realization, based on rational self-interest, that our personal happiness and sense of well-being over the long course of life are less affected by the amount of independence, choice, bodily pleasure and wealth we are able to obtain than by the number of stable, long-term and meaningful relationships we have with Others.
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    • 1. Marriage, Family and Young Adults Parishes Helping Young Families Start and Stay Strong
    • 2. Promote Marriage
      • Catholic weddings have declined 35%
      • Part of a national trend away from marriage
    • 3. MARRIAGE PREPARATION…
      • "So that the 'I do' of the spouses may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations”
      • — CCC , 1632
    • 4. Marriage Prep Program Goals for Engaged Couples
      • Experience the welcome of the Church community.
      • Understand the teaching of the Church about marriage and family life.
      • Learn some skills of communication and conflict resolution.
      • Reflect on where they have come from, where they hope to go.
    • 5. Partner with Married Volunteers Plan meaningful and fun preparation programs
      • Choose a Program Style
      • One-on-One Sponsors
      • Small Group sessions
      • Large Group Pre-Cana
      Combine styles for optimum impact!
    • 6. Explore the 5 C’s of Marriage Prep
      • Commitment
      • Communication
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Children
      • Church
      • Engaged couples identified these topics as most helpful.
    • 7. Each couple comes to marriage with different expectations and problems Friends/ Leisure Remarriage/Former Spouses Religion Domestic/Sexual Abuse Military Service Blending Families Financial Issues Alcohol & Drugs In-laws/ Relatives Hopes & Dreams Cohabitation Careers/Work
    • 8. Respecting Differences
      • Families of origin teach each of us the “right way” to be a spouse and parent!
      Recognizing our differences early leads to understanding and growth.
    • 9. ½ of Marriages Are Mixed-Religion
      • Interfaith couples come with lower levels of church involvement and lower expectations.
      • They are more likely to drift from church practice. 
      • Encourage each partner to know and practice his religion.
    • 10. Couples Appreciate Marriage Preparation
      • Marriage preparation was seen as helpful through the first 5 years after the wedding.
    • 11. Beyond Prep: More ways to assist engaged couples
      • Hospitality at registration
      • Engagement rituals
      • Mentor couples
      • Natural Family Planning
      • Liturgy planning sessions
      • Wedding Coordinators
      • Convalidation assistance
      • Tribunal advocates
    • 12. New marriages need extra support The “Three-Year Itch” Cohabitation’s habits “ Commitment-allergic” culture Disenchantment with Institutional Church Lack of married friends!
    • 13. On-going Care for Marriage
      • Engage all parishioners in praying for married couples.
      • “ Teach Out of the Box” marriage education programs – easy and fun for volunteers and couples
      • Those hurt by marriage also need our care and support.
    • 14. After the wedding… Building a home!
    • 15. As they transition into parenthood Pre-school and after school care programs show young parents that the Church cares!
    • 16. Sustaining New Families
      • Baptism Prep
      • Mothers’ groups
      • Small faith groups
    • 17. Developing an attitude of care and generosity
      • A sense of community among young couples
      • Connection to the wider parish family
      • Solidarity with those in need
      • Building meaningful relationships with others
    • 18. One plants, another reaps … we won’t often see the fruits of Marriage Ministry to Young Adults! In our mobile society…
    • 19. Young couples need to know they are not alone in their their married vocation
    • 20. Training and Program Design
      • Contact Lauri Przybysz, 410-547-5420
      • [email_address]
      • Marriage and Family Enrichment
      • Division of Evangelization and Catechesis
      • Marriage Preparation resources
      • “ Teach-Out-of-the Box” Marriage Enrichment

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