Study Groups to Shape the Future of Marriage

Bring Take Back Marriage
Study and Formation Programs

To your Parish or Community
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right

Foundational to the evangelization of culture for marriage is preparation: learning new ways to express the gospel of marriage to family and friends in language they can understand and verify is true. The processes for doing this starts with a six week study program using CCG's guide for effective dialogue, Getting the Marriage Conversation Right. This can be done in existing faith sharing groups or by organizing small Faith & Action Circles among friends. Some pastors are receptive to organzing circles as part of a parish-wide project.

Everything you need for Evangelization for Marriage Study Groups

Guide for Study Group
Getting the Marriage Conversation Right

Study Group Leader's Guide

Materials for additional
Faith & Action studies

What does a marriage study group meeting look like?

Basic Organization

Other Materials

Educational Literature for Study and Distribution

Preparation for Evangelization of Culture

Celebrating the
Reality of Marriage

The Catholics for the
Common Good Way

Reality-Based Thinking, An Antidote for Relativism

"Stand With Children, a marriage-advocacy program started in California by Catholics for the Common Good, is a great place for lay Catholics to begin."

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone,
Chairman, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage

Notify CCG if you would like to start a circle in your area.

Faith and Action Circles:

  1. Forge community and fellowship for learning, action, and mutual support that will alleviate the sense of isolation so many lay Catholics feel and enable positive coordinated action for evangelization and civic participation.
  2. Provide an opportunity for personal formation in the thought and method of John Paul II and Catholic Social Teaching. The emphasis is on learning new positive techniques for discussing issues related to marriage, family, and human sexuality with family members and friends in secular terms that they can repeat without fear of retribution or intimidation. 
  3. Build a prepared and committed team of people conversant in positive messages and techniques who can mobilize and quickly activate others to effectively promote or oppose policies related to marriage and family with school boards and government officials at all levels.

The circles are led by a moderator who requires no training or experience to start. They are similar to programs like Renew, self-guided Bible studies, or models used by Legion of Mary and other Catholic movements. Circles can be started within parishes, or with people in parish organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters, Cursillo, and prayer groups, or among friends across parish boundaries.

The meetings involve reading a designated text, offering personal reflections, and discussing and committing to a simple action such as sharing an insight with a friend or family member or writing a letter to the editor using an insight from the circle. This is faith in action. See materials

The readings offer insights into new ways of communicating the indisputable reality of marriage that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.


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