Office for Marriage and Family
Director: Angela Mantero
(203) 416-1627
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Facebook: Marriage and Family (Diocese of Bridgeport)

The future of humanity passes by way of the family!
We hope to provide new resources and opportunities that address, enable and enhance Marriage Preparation, Natural Family Planning, and Marriage Enrichment programming as well as support group ministries for Separated and Divorced, Bereavement Outreach, and Catholic Parenting.

Our overall goal is to promote and support healthy, happy, whole, and holy marriages and families.


"Married couples may also learn to pray, 'Give us this day our daily love, teach us to love each other, to care for each other.'  The more you entrust yourselves to the Lord, the more your love will be forever, able to renew itself and to overcome every difficulty." ~ Pope Francis

SPECIAL EVENT! Pope Francis and the Promise of Family, featuring Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn and Dr. Allen Hunt, offering inspiration, encouragement and creative solutions to the challenges of married life and parenting in today's world as envisioned by Pope Francis. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at All Saints School in Norwalk. Click on the title link to register.

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia, September 25-27, 2015, and we are hopeful that Pope Francis will be in attendance! The Diocese of Bridgeport will be organizing a group to attend this exciting event.  Details are still pending.  Please contact the Office of Marriage and Family to let us know you'd like more information when a package is confirmed.

The Fall Jubilee Mass for Wedding Anniversaries was held on Sunday, October 19. Click here to view and order pictures from this beautiful celebration of marriage!

 

Marriage Preparation

Click here to register for the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program

Click here for more information about Catholic Engaged Encounter

The Engaged and Newlywed Book List Are you engaged, or have you recently celebrated your Sacrament?  Do you have a friend or family  member who is preparing for marriage?  This is your ultimate shopping and reading guide for encouraging and enriching strong marriages.

For Your Marriage is an outstanding website  offered through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops dedicated to you and your marriage.  It provides a simple, upbeat message about the necessity of couples participating in their marriage — often in small, daily acts of love and care — in order to build commitment. The website, which continues to grow, offers information, help, inspiration and encouragement to couples who want to learn about marriage and deepen their commitment.

The Couple Checkup is designed to help you and your (future) spouse build a more satisfying and intimate relationship. It is designed to activate dialogue, discovery, and increase the overall quality of your relationship. The Couple Checkup will help you discover your strengths as a couple. It will also help you identify issues that are threatening the vitality of your relationship and may need to be addressed.


The Defense of Marriage:

Defending Marriage and the Catholic Faith

Preservation of Marriage: "One Man, One Woman: Marriage and the Common Good" -- A video response to the societal and cultural challenges impacting the institution of marriage, "One Man, One Woman: Marriage and the Common Good"

National Organization of Marriage


Family Resources

Marriage Encounter
A program to assist a good marriage in becoming a great marriage.

Retrouvaille
A program to assist a troubled or stressed marriage in becoming a good marriage.

Fairfield County Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning
Promoting the moral, healthy, highly effective and very low cost method of planning your family.

Family Institute of Connecticut

The Family Institute's mission is to encourage and strengthen the family as the foundation of society and to promote sound, ethical and moral values in our culture and government.


World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia

Faith and Family Flix is a DVD rental service that only carries movies that are family-friendly.

Dads is an online resource for dads including Marriage Builders for Catholic Dads and St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers.

Catholic Mom celebrates Catholic motherhood. A website for sharing and learning about parenting and faith issues.

Catholic Parents is a collection of treasures for parents, including tips and resources for parenting from birth to adolescence.

Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage and Family Life and Youth.  Here you can find information on ways you can participate in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; what the Catholic Church teaches about issues involving marriage and family life; resources, programs, groups and associations that provide faith formation specific to marriage and family life; the services, programs and resources that the USCCB offers to individuals, youth and young adults, married couples, families, groups, parishes and dioceses.

On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.  The Pontifical Council for the Laity, in observance of the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's Mulieris Dignitatem, the Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women, has invited Catholics in North America to consider the document in light of the theme: "The Dignity of Women in a Technological and Consumeristic Society." This website provides a variety of resources that will assist in unlocking the beauty and depth of this document.
 




 

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