Marriage Resources

St. Mary Parish Culture of Life Ministry
Defending Life  +  Strengthening Marriage  +  Nurturing Family
Online Resources

Office of Family and Social Concerns of the Diocese of Steubenville - efforts to protect life, strengthen marriage and nurture families here in our diocese - Putting a modern image on traditional values, the U.S. Catholic bishops launched a Web site designed to promote healthy marriages. With everything from daily marriage tips to statistics on divorce and cohabitation, this site is an up-to-date resource. The For Your Marriage Web site includes resources for everyone, including engaged and married couples, and facts about Catholic marriage.

Theology of the Body - A "new way" of understanding our sexuality that's sweeping across the planet.  Very exciting!  Learn more at

Natural Family Planning - Methods for postponing or achieving pregnancy approved by the Catholic Church.  Links to many helpful resources, including resources from the US Catholic Bishops can be found at

Marriage Encounter - Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring you and your spouse closer together? A Marriage Encounter weekend is exactly what you are looking for. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage. Read how other couples have described how the weekend changed their marriages, and find weekends in your area at

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) is a program that helps couples heal and renew their marriages.   Do you feel lost or alone in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?  Have you thought about separation or divorce?  Retrouvaille 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.  Learn more at or by calling 1-800-470-2230. is the culmination of 20 years combined personal and professional experience in dealing with divorce issues and how they relate to Catholics. On August 15, 2007, on the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, was born as Vince and Lisa joined forces with the desire of reaching the millions of men and women suffering through divorce and offering them answers to their questions, hope for true healing and a joyful future.

Book Picks

The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman - OUTSTANDING book about communication in marriage.  It's changing lives every day!  This is a great resource for understanding how you and your spouse communicate love.  Spouses often communicate love differently, which leads to misunderstandings and heartbreak.  This is the perfect resource to grow in your marriage!

Good News About Sex & Marriage by Christopher West - A "new way" of understanding our sexuality that's sweeping across the planet. Created by Blessed John Paul II, the Theology of the Body is transforming marriages by showing the truth and beauty of God's design for marriage. Learn more from the book.  You can also read articles about the Theology of the Body at on his website.

For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak.  Dr. Popcak is a Catholic pyschologist and author.  He also hosts a radio show on Ave Maria Radio.  Dr. Popcak also has a CD available on this same topic.

Married Saints and Blesseds by Ferdinand Holbock. From their website: "Countless saints have been priests or religious, living out lives of penance and sacrifice for the good of the Church. But many Catholics don't realize that married couples are called to holiness as well. Fr. Holböck's tells the inspiring stories of over 200 married saints and blesseds."

The ABCs of Choosing a Good Husband
and The ABCs of Choosing a Good Wife, both by Steve Wood, provide essential information for the process of discerning who and who NOT to marry.

Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and Can Save Yours Too)
by Greg and Julie Alexander.  "Greg and Julie Alexander had concluded that divorce was the only way out of what they thought was a lifeless, loveless marriage. Basing their life together on the things society says are important took them spiraling downward until they literally hit rock bottom. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the Church, and they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. "Marriage 911" chronicles Greg and Julie's journey back to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith and offers emergency hope to struggling couples."