The diocesan Plan for Strengthening Marriage, introduced at the Marriage Summit in May 2015, will move into the first phase of its three-year implementation on July 1, 2015. This bold new plan represents a paradigm shift in the pastoral care of married couples and Catholic families. Building Strong Marriages is one of three pastoral priorities named by Bishop O’Connell for 2015 through 2019.
We offer these web pages to assist our parishes as they begin putting the marriage-strengthening plan into action. In these pages you’ll find the full text of the seven-point Plan for Strengthening Marriage. We also offer a resource page with helpful handouts from our Marriage Summit workshop presenters, and a place to share recommended books, programs, events, workshops and marriage-building ideas. With the help of various diocesan offices, our parishes will be given the tools and support they’ll need to implement the Plan, become marriage-building faith communities, and make a real difference in the lives of Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton.
Presentation of the “Plan to Strengthen Marriage” in your parish: Members of the Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life staff will present an overview of the “Plan for Strengthening Marriage” to your parish leaders and those who serve your Catholic families. The presentation will include practical steps for implementing the plan in phases, and a Q and A to address each parish’s specific needs and concerns. Presentations will be scheduled throughout the summer and early fall of 2015. For more information or for a schedule of parish presentations, contact Peg Hensler in the Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life, 609-403-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.