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From time to time, the Saint Louis Review publishes special sections relating to different areas of Catholic living, including Education, Senior Living, Christian Hope, Liturgical seasons, and more. Click on one of the links above to browse the most recent articles from that special section. You can read the most recent special section stories below.

Resources, advice help couples getting married in the Church

The Missionaries of the Holy Family have a special focus on families, and have provided some resources to help couples getting married in the Church.

Their website, msf-america.org, provides answers to several questions facing families and couples. One section answers questions on what is needed to get married in the Church and another discusses marriage preparation.

Catholic trends in marriage mirror society, but vision is different

WASHINGTON -- Like the number of marriages among Americans in general, the number of marriages performed in the Catholic Church has been in decline over the past few decades.

"Since 1972, the number of marriages celebrated in a Catholic Church has fallen nearly 60 percent" in the U.S., said Sheila Garcia, associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, citing a study conducted for the secretariat by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University and released in 2008.

Advice from the 'empty nest': Stay close to parish, each other

Staying close to your parish pays special dividends throughout a marriage, according to couples who've moved to the "empty nest" stage.

The stage that follows children leaving home as adults can be an adjustment at first, when the children are missed and a less active household is faced. Couples find, however, that they can reconnect through various fun activities with each other and develop new interests.

A big help is staying connected to their parish. Developing those ties earlier on is important, even during the busy times of raising children.

Marriage expresses Jesus' unbreakable love of His people

The love that brings together a woman and man and directs them toward marriage is a bond that is “unique and definitive,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his first encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God Is Love”). It is marriage then, he says, that “becomes the icon of the relationship between God and His people and vice versa.”

When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament, it means that the couple's relationship expresses in a unique way the unbreakable bond of love between Christ and His people.

According to "Marriage as Sacrament," an item on the U.S. bishops' website foryour marriage.org, marriage is "a sign or symbol which reveals the Lord Jesus and through which His divine life and love are communicated."

Programs help couples build a good marriage

Couples marrying in the archdiocese have a variety of ways to prepare for and sustain a lifetime of love.

Several programs help couples with marriage preparation. Other resources can help couples as they move through married life.

How a couple approaches marriage preparation can make a difference between a good marriage and a great marriage.

Couples who enter a marriage preparation program well in advance of their wedding are usually more relaxed and not pressured by arrangements for the ceremony.

Wedding planning involves a reality check

A priest presides at a wedding at Sts. Philip & James Church in St. James, N.Y. In a marriage, it is God’s faithfulness that the couple is committed to mirror to each other and to the world.

Most engaged couples -- at least the brides -- love thumbing through any of the popular bridal magazines, reading the numerous helpful articles, and taking note of the various ads, photos and other information, be it helpful wedding tips, reception planning or honeymoon ideas. These magazines try to be a resource guide for couples who want to have the perfect wedding. This isn't a negative notion in itself, other than the fact that "perfect" is not reachable, nor even necessarily desirable.

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