“The most beautiful thing that God made, the Bible says, was the family.” —Pope Francis at the World Day of Families in Philadelphia, 2015
God designed marriage as an “intimate partnership of life and love” (Gaudium et Spes, 48). In God’s design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman “for the whole of life” (The Code of Canon Law, 1055).
Marriage Day Mass with Bishop Coyne
Join Bishop Coyne for a special Mass to honor and celebrate sacramental marriages with significant anniversaries (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20…55, 57) in 2021. The Diocesan Anniversary Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington, February 7, 2021, at the 10:00am Mass.
Given the health restrictions this year, there will be a limit of 20 couples to be recognized in person at this Mass. Couples can bring up to 6 family members with them (a total of 8). Registrations will be accepted through January 28, 2021.
Parishes who wish to recognize significant anniversaries locally, can request certificates signed by Bishop Coyne, to be mailed by contacting Valerie Parzyck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the couple’s names, anniversary, Catholic parish married, priest/deacon who presided, and present parish. Please note that requests will be accepted through January 28, 2021.
Preparing for Marriage
Congratulations on your engagement! On the Preparing for Marriage page you will find what you need to begin your preparation, including a marriage prep checklist and resources. Be assured of the Catholic Church’s prayers for you both.
The Catholic Church cares about your marriage. Browse resources for enriching your marriage, facing difficult challenges in married life, praying for your spouse and more.
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. No drugs, devices or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife (Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23).
Separated or Divorced
Hope and healing is available for those who are separated or divorced. Browse resources for marriages that are facing difficulties, for separated or divorced Catholics or for ministering to those who are separated or divorced.
Called to Holiness: Year of the Family video series
Praying as a family for the Feast of the Epiphany
Praying as a family with the saints
Planning free time together as a couple
The joy of motherhood
Reconciliation as a family