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A message from Bishop Malesic on National Marriage Week USA/World Marriage Day

News of the Diocese

February 4, 2022

Each year, National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day provide an opportunity for us to focus on the importance of family life and celebrate the vocation of marriage. This year, National Marriage Week USA will be celebrated Feb. 7-14 and World Marriage Day, which is commemorated on the second Sunday of February, will be celebrated on Feb. 13.

The theme for this year’s celebration of National Marriage Week is “Called to the Joy of Love,” which points us to the new National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry that was approved by the U.S. bishops in June 2021, and was chosen to highlight the many ways that married couples and families are accompanied by the Church to live out the call of love.

National Marriage Week is an opportunity for married couples to reflect on how they have grown together since their wedding day and to ponder how they can continue to grow in loving and honoring their spouse as friends for life.

The United States Conference of Bishops’ pastoral letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan,” also reminds us that “marriage is not merely a private institution. It is the foundation for the family, where children learn the values and virtues that will make good Christians as well as good citizens. The importance of marriage for children and for the upbringing of the next generation highlights the importance of marriage for all society.”

National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day offer a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the importance of married life. Marriage is a call from God for a man and a woman to be pledged partners for life and witnesses of God’s love. We need this witness of committed, sacrificial and life-giving love. Let us pray for more married vocations within the Church. We also pray for married couples that their marital covenant may always remain strong, that those who are struggling in their relationships might overcome any difficulties and that the lives of those who live out this special vocation will be blessed with deep love and happiness.

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