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Diocese of Steubenville - Family and Social Concerns (Catholic Charities) at 422 Washington Street, Steubenville, OH 43952 US - Parish Resources

Parish Resources

In an effort to support the wonderful work of the priests and parishes of the Diocese of Steubenville, the following resources have been provided for your use. 

We will update this section on a regular basis based on upcoming events and the needs of our priests and parishes. 

Please be sure to contact us if you are in need of other resources that we might be able to provide.  

Click here to hear the audio from our Diocesan Respect Life Conference!

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WORLD MARRIAGE DAY AND NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK

“The marital vocation is not a private or merely personal affair. Yes, marriage is a deeply personal union and relationship, but it is also for the good of the Church and the entire community.”
- US Catholic Bishops
(
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan)

The Church has a duty to support married couples and to promote the true meaning of marriage in God's plan.  Two upcoming events present the perfect opportunity to education our people about the vocation of marriage and to offer support to married couples and families: National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Feb. 9).


Proclaiming the truth and beauty of Marriage
Parishes can celebrate the vocation of marriage in a variety of ways.  Some possibilities include:
  • Preaching on God’s plan for love and marriage. A resource for preaching on World Marriage Day from the USCCB. The US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Marriage, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, is anohter helpful tool.
  • Including several prayers (for married couples, for broken families, for those preparing for marriage, etc.) in the Prayer of the Faithful.
  • Recognizing married couples who are celebrating 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage.
  • Offering a special blessing for all married couples.
  • Include the bulletin insert in your bulletin.
  • Distribute the World Marriage Day Prayer Cards (available in color or black and white).

Resources Highlighted by the Bishops

The US Bishops's Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth recommends the following:
  • Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty –  At the November 2013 meeting, the US Bishops voted to extend this prayerful initiative, which invites our people to fast and pray for the ongoing work to build a culture of life and marriage and to protect religious liberty. More information on the Call to Prayer is available on the USCCB website.
  • For Your Marriage  – Numerous resources for couples who are married or planning for marriage are available at www.ForYourMarriage.org
  • Marriage: Unique for a Reason – Video and print materials and other educational and resources are available to explain and defend the true meaning of marriage as a permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman at www.MarriageUniqueforaReason.org
  • World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week USA – These annual celebrations provide opportunities to educate and support married couples, as well as to promote the benefits of marriage for society at large.

Other Resources

For other resources for promoting marriage see:
Marriage is  such a crucial aspect of the life of the Church, and of society at large.  All efforts to strengthen marriage and family life are so important, and are greatly appreciated.

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MARCH FOR LIFE 2014


The Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., will take place on January 22, 2014.  See our calendar page for a list of events and helpful links.


(Photo: Eric Martin and Rick Johnson)

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RESPECT LIFE 2013-2014


Our Diocesan Respect Life Conference is a wonderful opportunity to come together to pray for a greater respect for the gift of life, to be inspired and challenged by those working to promote respect for life, and to support one another in our efforts to build the culture of life.

The first Sunday of October is Respect Life Sunday, and October is considered Respect Life Month.  Below are excellent resources for October, and for promoting respect for life throughout the year!


2013
Theme: "Open your hearts to life!"

Parish Respect Life Kits from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are available from the Office of Family and Social Concerns. 


Resources available to download and print:

Statements and Letters:
From the USCCB Respect Life Kit:
Suggested Prayers and Events for Promoting Life and Liberty:
Respect Life Lesson Plans (from the Office of Family and Social Concerns):
 
Bulletin Inserts* from the USCCB (suitable for use throughout the year):
*These bulletin inserts are the same texts as the pamphlets but are formatted to be placed in your parish bulletins.  They can be downloaded in pamphlet format from the USCCB website here.


Word of Life
Word of Life - Monthly resource from the USCCB with petitions, bulletin quotes, etc

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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND THE FORNIGHT FOR FREEDOM




For information on Religious Liberty and the Fortnight for Freedom, please visit our RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PAGE.




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NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING AWARENESS WEEK - JULY 21-27, 2013

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.


2013 Theme: Pro-Woman, Pro-Man, Pro-Child, Natural Family Planning.



The following resources are available to download and print:



The following resources are available for purchase:


NFP POSTER
(USCCB)

NFP INTRODUCTORY VIDEO
(DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE)

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: 

The above NFP poster may be used with our permission in its entirety for educational purposes.  No elements are to be taken out of the design.The posters are 17" X 22" with English on one side and Spanish on the reverse. Cost: $2.75 each; 50-100 copies, $2.00 each; 100+ copies, $1.75 each; plus shipping and handling. Posters are sold "folded" or are available "flat" for extra shipping and postage. To order call 1-866-582-0943; or e-mail customerservice@ifcweb.com. Ask for publication #1322 for the posters. Postcards can be purchased as well, ask for item #1324.  Postcards cost 20 cents each.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: 
Natural Family Planning (NFP) videos or DVDs are hard to find. But we need Catholic videos on NFP now more than ever, especially for Pre-Cana programs. That’s why we made a new NFP video for today’s Catholic, or anyone who wants to learn about NFP. We present a comprehensive introduction to the new Natural Family Planning. This is not the old-fashioned “rhythm method!” This video is contemporary, engaging, and shot in documentary style. It is ideal for Catholic marriage preparation programs or for anyone preparing for a Catholic wedding or marriage in the Catholic Church. 
MORE

 

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WORLD MARRIAGE DAY AND NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK

“The marital vocation is not a private or merely personal affair. Yes, marriage is a deeply personal union and relationship, but it is also for the good of the Church and the entire community.”

- US Catholic Bishops
(
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan)

The Church has a duty to support married couples and to promote the true meaning of marriage in God's plan.  Two upcoming events present the perfect opportunity to education our people about the vocation of marriage and to offer support to married couples and families: National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Feb. 10).



Celebrating the Value of Marriage
Parishes can celebrate the vocation of marriage in a variety of ways.  Some possibilities include:
  • Preaching on God’s plan for love and marriage (drawing especially from Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, the US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Marriage).
  • Including several prayers (for married couples, for broken families, for those preparing for marriage, etc.) in the Prayer of the Faithful.
  • Recognizing married couples who are celebrating 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 years of marriage.
  • Offering a special blessing for all married couples.
  • Include the bulletin insert in your bulletin.
  • Distribute the World Marriage Day Prayer Cards (available in color or black and white).

Resources Highlighted by the Bishops

The US Bishops's Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth recommends the following:
  • Year of Faith Family Resources – The US Bishops website has many resources for families during the Year of Faith, including a special Family Prayer for the Year of Faith.
  • Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty –  This is “an excellent opportunity for engaged couples, husbands and wives, and families to live this Year of Faith with prayerful commitment, perseverance, and growing awareness of areas where faithful and courageous witness are needed,” writes Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Chairman of the US Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
  • For Your Marriage  – Numerous resources for couples who are married or planning for marriage are available at www.ForYourMarriage.org
  • Marriage: Unique for a Reason – Video and print materials and other educational and resources are available to explain and defend the true meaning of marriage as a permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman at www.MarriageUniqueforaReason.org
  • World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week USA – These annual celebrations provide opportunities to educate and support married couples, as well as to promote the benefits of marriage for society at large.
Other Resources
For other resources for promoting marriage see:


Marriage is  such a crucial aspect of the life of the Church, and of society at large.  All efforts to strengthen marriage and family life are so important, and are greatly appreciated.


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RESPECT LIFE 2012-2013
 

The first Sunday of October is Respect Life Sunday, and October is considered Respect Life Month.  Below are excellent resources for October, and for promoting respect for life throughout the year!


2012 Theme: "Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty"

Parish Respect Life Kits from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are available from the Office of Family and Social Concerns. 


Resources available to download and print:

Statements and Letters:
From the USCCB Respect Life Kit:
Suggested Prayers and Events for Promoting Life and Liberty:
Respect Life Lesson Plans (from the Office of Family and Social Concerns):
 
Bulletin Inserts* from the USCCB (suitable for use throughout the year):

*These bulletin inserts are the same texts as the pamphlets but are formatted to be placed in your parish bulletins.  They can be downloaded in pamphlet format from the USCCB website
here.

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VIDEOS FROM THE U.S. CATHOLIC BISHOPS


Used for faithful cit. videos to be given to dioceses.

 


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