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New Marriage Preparation Handbook 2014


Role of the Christian Family In the Modern World

The role of the Christian family in the modern world serves as the model to impart in the hearts and minds of the faithful the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is to be received and lived in order to foster the work of the Church.


"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2)


The Holy Family, Juan Simon Gutierrez (1718), Public DomainThe Responsibility of the Christian Family

  • Within the context of marriage, man and woman are called to a total self-gift of love to one another within the bonds of Holy Matrimony.
  • Great care must be taken to foster a sound family structure. Preparation is important towards understanding any sacrament. The Church serves as truth, beauty, and goodness for the family effectively cultivating the role centered on Christ.
  • The role of the family must never be diminished by any external force contrary to the mission of Christ. In love, the beauty of family shall persevere in all its splendor and glory because it is gift from God to his creation.


Tool to Enrich the Family



Marriage and Family Lesson Plans
Family Summary on Familiaris Consortio
Marriage and Family Catechetical Handouts


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Tools for Preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony



Contraception and Sterilization
La Esterilización y la Contracepción
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan


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Tools on Theology of the Body


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Same Sex Unions


Why can’t marriage be "redefined" to include two men or two women?

The word "marriage" isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships. Instead, "marriage" reflects a deep reality – the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. Just as oxygen and hydrogen are essential to water, sexual difference is essential to marriage. The attempt to "redefine" marriage to include two persons of the same sex denies the reality of what marriage is. It is as impossible as trying to "redefine" water to include oxygen and nitrogen. (USCCB Website: Frequently Asked Questions About The Defense Of Marriage)

Sexual Difference and the Defense of Marriage
La diferencia sexual y la defensa del matrimonio




Chris Vaughan
Director of Marriage and Family Life

Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis

Irma Jimenez
Asistente Administrativa


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