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National Marriage Week Begins Feb. 7

February 7-14 marks the annual celebration of National Marriage Week USA which the U.S. Bishops say is a time to "focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the annual celebration is kicking off this Wednesday with World Marriage Day scheduled to be celebrated on Sunday, February 11, which coincides with the  World Day of the Sick.

Couples and those interested in promoting the sanctity of marriage will find an assortment of resources they can use to get the word out about the need for strong, healthy marriages.

For example, beginning February 7, a daily virtual marriage retreat for couple will be made available on the ForYourMarriage.org website and via the For Your Marriage social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The seven-day retreat will focus on the theme "Marriage: School of Life and Love."

A rosary for engaged and married couples and for families in need of healing will be live-streamed from the chapel at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC via the USCCB Facebook page and Twitter feed on Friday, February 9 at 3:00 pm EST.

The USCCB store is also providing a wide variety of prayer cards, books and pamphlets on marriage and family for use by the faithful in spreading the good news about God’s plan for marriage and family.

National Marriage Week USA, launched in 2010, is part of an international event seeking to mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in a common purpose to strengthen marriage in communities and influence the culture. Click here for more information and resources.

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