Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has encouraged the clergy and faithful throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join in the observance of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (February 11).
Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), these initiatives celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage while affirming and supporting engaged and married couples.
National Marriage Week is in its ninth year and promotes marriage as a benefit to husbands and wives to the nation, as well as the best environment in which to raise children.
Archbishop Chaput, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, recently wrote to his brother bishops that “the committee is grateful for the ongoing efforts in dioceses and parishes across the nation to promote, strengthen and defend marriage, as well as accompany engaged and married couples in their joys and struggles. National Marriage Week is an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.”
A daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week is available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foryourmarriage.
Note: For more information on the National Marriage Week and World Day of Marriage, please visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week.cfm.