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Too often, couples avoid seeking help for their marriage until they reach a crisis point; and sadly, it can be too late to rescue the marriage. Based on the New Evangelization, the “Believe in Marriage” ministry seeks to evangelize couples before they are in crisis mode, knowing that Godly marriages lead to Godly families. In Familiaris Consortio 86, John Paul II said, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” This short sentence sums up the irreplaceable relationship between the family and society. Marriage is the foundation of the family. It exists to foster love between a man, a woman, their mutual growth, and spiritual fulfillment. Marriage, a communion of persons, is the basis of the family and ordained by God himself. The Second Vatican Council insisted that, “Amidst all changes and social transformations, the identity of the family must be protected.” (Gaudium et Spes, 48)
Our goal is to help parishes build what we call a Believe in Marriage (BIM) ministry in their own church in order to support the ‘domestic church’ through an ongoing, truly sacramental, marriage ministry. The starting point of this ministry is the Discovering Our Deepest Desire (DODD) marriage enrichment curriculum, not only to start couples in learning about what a God-centered and healthy marriage should be, but also to help them learn skills and tools for improving communication and conflict resolution. This curriculum is also geared towards helping couples to eventually become mentors for others. Once couples are done with the curriculum, the BIM model encourages couples from the classes to build ongoing Marriage Support Circles for continuing their marital strengthening. The class setting of the DODD program is designed not just to strengthen marriages, but to also build a community support network of others around marriage. There is a BIM Guide to help church’s in developing the Marriage Support Circles and we also have “Reaching Deeper” sessions available for help in the Marriage Circle discussions. Lastly, our hope is to encourage these support circle to also consider being mentors for couples who are going through marriage prep. The BIM ministry has as it’s final goal, to build a strong marriage support network for marriages at all stages and have them readily available in each church!
The family is more broken today than at any other period in our lifetime. Catholic families are as susceptible as the rest of society to cohabitation, unwed pregnancy, and divorce. We say that we value commitment and faithfulness, but how are our parishes showing that we believe in marriage? Is there anything more that can be done to revitalize the domestic church? Believe in Marriage can augment marriage prep and marriage enrichment programs already in your parish and enliven a new urgency to promote strong, faithful marriages.
What “Believe in Marriage” can offer:
• Discovering our Deepest Desire© (DODD): a fresh new curriculum for couples*
• Marriage Circles: An ongoing support and enrichment system that includes online resources (Reaching Deeper sessions) for further development.
• Training to empower couples to facilitate future programs, be mentor couples, be prayer partners, & support Pre-Cana couples.