(CNS) -- February's observances of National Marriage Week USA and World
Marriage Day allow the faithful to revisit the importance of love and family in
the life of the church, said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
In a letter
to fellow prelates, Archbishop Chaput, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family
Life and Youth, said the events provide opportunities "to focus on
building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting
marriage and the family."
Marriage Week USA was to be observed Feb. 7-14. World Marriage Day falls in the
middle of the week on Feb. 11.
in the observances, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has
resources and a bulletin insert marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed
VI's encyclical "Humanae
Vitae" ("Of Human Life"), which reaffirms the church's
teaching on married love and responsible parenthood. Dated July 25,
1968, it was issued at a Vatican news conference July 29 of that year.
Chaput invited dioceses to consider promoting Feb. 9 as a day of prayer and sacrifice
in support of life, marriage and religious liberty.
The letter noted
that online resources also are available at USCCB-created websites including
ForYourMarriage.org, PorTuMatrimonio.org and MarriageUniqueForAReason.org.
virtual marriage retreat for couples will be available on the For Your Marriage
website and media channels on Twitter and Facebook beginning Feb. 7. The
weeklong retreat examines the theme "Marriage: School of Life and Love."
a rosary for engaged and married couples and for families in need of healing was
to be live-streamed from the USCCB chapel in Washington on the conference's
Facebook page and Twitter feed at 3 p.m., Feb. 9.
other resources in English and Spanish including books, prayer cards and pamphlets on marriage and
family can be ordered from the USCCB online bookstore at https://store.usccb.org/.
Marriage Week USA began in 2010 as part of an international effort to mobilize
people, organizations and businesses to strengthen marriage and influence the
wider culture. World Marriage Day was first observed in 1983 as an initiative of
Worldwide Marriage Encounter.