National Marriage Week USA, Feb. 7-14, and World Marriage Day, Feb. 14, are opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone, the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The Diocese of Corpus Christi will observe the occasion with their annual Silver and Golden Anniversary Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Michael Mulvey at the Corpus Christi Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. Bishop Mulvey will honor 75 couples commemorating 25 or 50 years of Sacramental Marriage. A certificate reception and light refreshments in St. Joseph’s Hall will follow the Mass.
“Marriage, both as a natural institution and as a Christian sacrament, is an irreplaceable good for society and all people,” wrote Bishop Malone of Buffalo, New York, in a letter to his brother bishops. “Our Committee remains ever grateful for the ongoing efforts in dioceses and parishes to promote, strengthen and defend marriage, and to accompany married couples in their joys and trials.”
The USCCB provides numerous resources that can be of assistance to bishops, priests and lay leaders in promoting, strengthening and defending the gift of marriage as the lifelong union of one man and one woman, including the Web sites
For Your Marriage
Por Tu Matrimonio
Marriage: Unique for a Reason
. Bishop Malone encouraged participation in the
Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
. The letter and additional resources are available online:
A daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week is also available through Facebook:
. The theme of this year’s retreat is marriage and mercy, given the year-long Jubilee of Mercy. There will also be a National Marriage Week contest available through multiple USCCB social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The celebration of National Marriage Week in the U.S. began in 2002, originating from Marriage Week International. World Marriage Day, held the second Sunday of February each year, was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.