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  • Fair Haven parish's Year of Marriage initiative yields affirming results

    When a parish sees a nearly seven-fold increase in couples preparing for marriage in the span of 12 months, something unique is happening.

    That something was a Year of Marriage initiative, instituted in Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, by its pastor, Father James Grogan, in December 2017. For the next 12 months, he dedicated homilies, essays and recognition to the vocation of marriage, hoping to support and strengthen the “remote preparation” for marriage.

  • Fifty years after release, 'Humanae Vitae' praised as prophetic encyclical
    WASHINGTON  -- Surrounding the 1968 release of "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") was the cultural context of the sexual revolution and a widespread fear about overpopulation following World War II, said Donald Critchlow, a professor of history at Arizona State University.
  • Summer workshops planned to enhance parish marriage ministries
    The diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life is sponsoring a series of workshops this summer that will help enrich and train those interested in parish marriage ministry.
  • USCCB's marriage, family website gets fresh, new look
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced its new mobile-responsive website that includes updated content, graphics and a new section dedicated to marriage and family ministry leaders., which began in 2007, is an initiative of the USCCB that began as the communications component of the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. It continues to play a key role in advancing the USCCB’s priority on marriage and family. 
  • Marriage ministry a year-round support system, leaders say

    The month of February may be in the rearview mirror, but those who work in marriage ministry agree that World Marriage Sunday and National Marriage Week – both of which fall during the second week of February – simply call attention to the importance of supporting the vocation all through the year.

    “Marriage is a vocational call to service,” said parish marriage ministry coordinator Lori McCahill and her husband, Mike, who recently gave a testimony talk in St. Benedict Church, Holmdel.

  • Married couples called to live out Baptism at retreat in Mount Laurel parish
    Married couples who participated in a retreat Feb. 12 in St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, were treated to a blend of music and Scripture courtesy of Father Jim Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, who also shared his own experience with married life.

    The retreat was held during National Marriage Week, (Feb. 7-14) and the day after World Marriage Sunday (Feb. 11), and included Father Grogan’s advice on living out one’s Baptism in married life.
  • Hopewell couples mark milestone anniversaries with fellow faithful

    More than a dozen couples gathered in St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, to celebrate milestone wedding anniversaries with a special Mass and reception Feb. 10. The annual tradition occurred during National Marriage Week and on the eve of National Marriage Day.

  • Marriage week, World Marriage Day resources available from USCCB
    WASHINGTON -- February's observances of National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day allow the faithful to revisit the importance of love and family in the life of the church, said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
  • Year of Marriage to strengthen couples taking root in Nativity Parish

    In his continuing effort to strengthen marriages, Father Jim Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, has introduced a “Year of Marriage” for the 2018 liturgical year that is being celebrated with events that embrace the fullness of God in marriage.

    “We are looking to transform our parish to be a place where the celebration of marriage as a Sacrament is something that excites families – long before anyone is actually getting a ring, and long after you have said ‘I do!’” he explained.

  • New diocesan initiatives launched to strengthen marriages

    Ahead of the Church’s observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Sunday (Feb. 11), the Diocese of Trenton is introducing three new initiatives to promote the Sacrament of Marriage in parishes and cohorts.

    The programs will include three-minute pulpit talks by married couples, lawn signs proclaiming the sanctity of Catholic marriage and creation of parish core teams to conduct marriage ministry.

  • 2015 Wedding Planning
    The Monitor’s 2015 Wedding Planning section contains helpful information on wedding services. Also find marriage topics on many aspects of life after the wedding. 

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  • The Good Wine


    When Jesus attended a marriage at Cana, he went above and beyond the role of guest by turning water in six stone jars into good wine, the finest wine – an outpouring of his love for us...

  • 2013 Wedding Guide
    The Monitor’s 2013 Wedding Guide is filled with helpful information on wedding services ranging from reception facilities to bakeries and more. Also find marriage topics on many aspect of life after the wedding.

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  • 2012 Wedding Guide

    Whether you're engaged, newly married, in the midst of raising kids, or celebrating your golden anniversary, we hope you find The Monitor’s 2012 Wedding Guide helpful in every aspect of your married life.

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