Family & Social Concerns: Marriage
"Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring."
- US Catholic Bishops
(Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan)
Strengthening marriages and nurturing families is a key aspect of our ministry in the diocese. Married life is a vocation, a calling from God. Healthy marriages are vital to the well being of the Church and society. It is a path for holiness for those who embrace this beautiful vocation and strive to be faithful to it.
Please make use of the following marriage-related resources.
Jubilee of Marriage Anniversaries -- A Celebration of the Diocese of Steubenville in recognition of Marriage Anniversaries
Marriage Enrichment Event -- Inspiration and Encouragement for Couples at Any Stage of Marriage!
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
The US Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage is an excellent resource for understanding the beauty of the Church's vision for Marriage. It provides a thorough, yet succinct coverage of this beautiful vocation.
A great blessing for every marriage! Find out how you can strengthen your marriage and plan your family according to the moral guidelines of the Catholic Church.
Read more on our NFP webpage.
Putting a modern image on traditional values, the U.S. Catholic bishops launched a website designed to promote healthy marriages. With everything from daily marriage tips to statistics on divorce and cohabitation, this site is an up-to-date resource for everyone.
Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring you and your spouse closer together? A Marriage Encounter weekend is exactly what you are looking for. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage. Marriage Encounter helps to turn a good marriage into a GREAT marriage. Check out their website to read how other couples have described how the weekend changed their marriages, and to find weekends. Find their Facebook page here.
Pornography has a major impact on marriage and relationships. Please visit this page for a variety of resources and information about pornography, chastity and sexual purity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about marriage in the Catholic Church? Perhaps you want to know why the Church teaches that marriage is a sacrament, or what makes a valid marriage? You can find answers to these questions and more on the FAQ page of ForYourMarriage.org.
Recipe for a Happy Marriage
Click here to read a Recipe for a Happy Catholic Marriage.
Marriage is truly a vocation, a calling from God. Here are some ACTION STEPS for discerning marriage.
Catholic Engaged Encounter
Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to plan for a sacramental marriage. It is designed to give couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together-- their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society--in a face to face way. Read more on their website. Visit the website for Steubenville Catholic Engaged Encounter here.
Visit our Calendar Page for Pre-Cana dates and locations.
Catholic Wedding Planner
CatholicWeddingPanner.com is a smart, easy way for clergy and engaged couples to plan a wedding ceremony online. Engaged couples can select their nuptial liturgy texts and create printed programs. Clergy can configure couple options and receive a complete ceremony printout.
Other Marriage Prep Resources
Check out the Marriage Resources section of For Your Marriage for a great variety of other resources to prepare for Marriage!