Marriage & Family

But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

~Mark 10:6-9

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

~Ephesians 5:31-32

"In creating men 'male and female,' God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity." "Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God."

Each of the two sexes is an image of the power and tenderness of God, with equal dignity though in a different way. The union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator's generosity and fecundity: "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. "All human generations proceed from this union."

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 2334-2335

10 Holy Married Couples Who Were Both Saints!

Article by ChurchPop, published July 7, 2017: We have included this to highlight that married couples can be saints too! Read through these short bios of married Catholic saints for inspiration.

Back to the Garden of Eden: Unearthing God’s Covenant with Humankind - Scott Hahn

Dr, Scott Hahn explores the divine institution of the Sacrament of Marriage and its relation to Covenant theology.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family

(COLF) was co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. COLF’s mission is to build a culture of life and a civilization of love by promoting respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family. 

Christ as Bridegroom - Dr. Brant Pitre

A life-changing lecture focussed on Christ's love for all of us, a spousal love.

Family Foundations Institute (ffi)

At Family Foundations Institute, we believe stronger families make a stronger world. Family Foundations Institute (FFI) is a registered charity dedicated to helping families thrive.
FFI recognizes that the family is the foundation of society, “the original cell of social life”, (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2207). To be society’s foundation, the family itself needs to be built on a strong foundation.
FFI seeks to connect, inform and encourage families in this role through many events and activities.

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriages

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, August 2017
"A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages. The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program." You are asked for a donation to cover the expenses incurred for the weekend and follow-up sessions, but no couple is denied on account of inability to pay.
Retrouvaille began in Quebec, Canada, however communities can now be found worldwide. Check out the website to find a Retrouvaille community near you.

3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! [Podcast#005]

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, July 2017
Does your marriage sing? Is your marriage full of joy? Will it lead you closer to Christ? If you would like three strategies on how to supernaturalize your marriage, then you’re going to love this podcast episode by Dr. Taylor Marshall.

"Taking Your Family From What They Want to What They Need"

YouTube Video: Jeff Cavins speaks on Catholic marriage and family life, and gives practical pointers on how to share yourCatholic values with your children.

THE TRUTH AND MEANING OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY:  Guidelines for Education within the Family
Vatican Document: Vatican City, December 8, 1995

Natural Family Planning (NFP) & fertility support

Catholic Teaching:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 

HUMANAE VITAE - Of Human Life

Familiaris Consortio (1981) - The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World

 Evangelium Vitae (1995) - The Gospel of Life

Couple to Couple League

The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is an international, Catholic, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching fertility awareness (natural family planning) to married and engaged couples. Essentially, we are a volunteer organization because services are provided by professionally trained volunteers who are supported by a small staff at the international headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Local chapters of the organization consist of certified teaching couples and promoters, along with other supportive members.

Fertilitycare toronto

FertilityCare Toronto is a fertility, family planning, and women’s health centre. Operating for 30 years, FertilityCare Toronto’s total-health model is contemporary, cooperative, affordable, ecological, and highly effective. Annually, we receive over 150 new clients through our three program streams, and celebrate the births of over 50 babies, an industry leading standard. Our methods allow a couple to understand and appreciate their fertility which in turns fosters growth in cooperation, respect and love in their marriage and family.
Our approach to fertility is based in Creighton Model FertilityCare and the science of NaProTECHNOLOGY.
As a registered Canadian charity, we rely upon community support in order to assist women and couples with their reproductive health.

POPE paul vI Institute

The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction was founded in 1985 to answer the call for reproductive health care that fully respects life. The challenges in Pope Paul VI's 1968 letter Humanae Vitae prompted Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, to begin scientific research in the applications of natural fertility regulation and to open the Pope Paul VI Institute in order to build a culture of life in women's health care throughout the world. The Institute has developed a new approach to women's health care that embodies the best principles of medicine and offers superior treatments to women and challenges mainstream medicine, which relies on contraception, in vitrofertilization, and abortion.
Its healthy, moral solutions to issues in women's health care impacts the lives of thousands of women, couples, doctors, medical students, priests, and babies on national and international levels. The Institute's developments — Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTechnology — are building a culture of life in women's health care through its current programs and services.

Natural Family Planning Association - Ontario

Our association teaches the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning. The Billings Ovulation Method teaches a woman to interpret her natural signs of fertility through all her changing life stages from puberty to menopause. It is not the Rhythm method nor the Calendar method. It does not involve temperature taking. The Billings Ovulation Method is easy to learn and is highly successful when used by a couple to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. This method of natural family planning engenders co-operation and respect between the woman and man. It develops love and concern for each other and for the child, thus enriching their relationship.

Serena Canada

Serena’s mission is to enable couples to manage their fertility in a natural and effective manner based on a better knowledge and understanding of the female cycle of fertility.  We are committed to: building healthy marriage relationships based on respect and trust, and supporting couples in seeking to delay or achieve pregnancy through the utilization of the Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning.
The use of this natural method requires you to observe and record daily on a graph, the signs of female fertility (the morning temperature, the characteristics of cervical mucus and those of the cervix). These observations then used to identify the three phases of the cycle: relative infertility, fertility and definitely infertile. By learning to identify each of the three phases of the cycle, the couple who uses this natural method then chooses whether to have intercourse during the fertile period, according to his desire to avoid or encourage pregnancy.

WOOMB Canada

WOOMB Canada is the umbrella organization for the Billings Ovulation Method™ of natural fertility regulation throughout Canada. WOOMB Canada is an affiliate of WOOMB International.
The Billings Ovulation Method™ teaches a woman to understand her natural signs of fertility and infertility throughout her reproductive life. The Billings Ovulation Method™ is easy to learn and is highly successful when used by a couple to achieve or avoid a pregnancy.
This method of natural family planning engenders co-operation and respect between the woman and man. It develops love and concern for each other and for the child, thus enriching their relationship. As the Billings Ovulation Method™ is a natural method, respecting fertility instead of suppressing it by drugs or devices, it is acceptable to couples from all cultures and religions.
The Billings Ovulation Method™ of natural family planning was developed by husband and wife team Drs. John and Evelyn Billings and Fr. Maurice Catarinich, all of Melbourne, Australia, and has since spread worldwide.