CINCINNATI (CNS) — The Couple to Couple League, a national natural family planning education organization based in Cincinnati, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to publish and market a marriage formation resource book.
The online fundraiser, which ends Dec. 1, had collected $8,925 in pledges at http://flowerfund.com/yourlovestory as of midday Nov. 20. The amount is 22 percent of the campaign’s $40,000 goal.
The book, called “Your Love Story” presents a short, clear, compelling case for the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, according to the author, Deacon Bill Turrentine.
Deacon Turrentine, who is in ministry at St. Sebastian Church in Greenbrae, California, is chairman of the board of the Couple to Couple League, which aims to promote stronger marriages, especially among millennials.
A news release on the funding campaign cites Pew studies that show only 26 percent of young people ages 18 to 33 are married and in this group, 47 percent of births are nonmarital. The median age of marriage is the highest in history at 29.
The book is a guide to the Catholic view of marriage, combining personal testimonies with easy-to-read explanations of the church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality. It is meant to be a tool for priests, deacons and lay leaders working with engaged couples.
“This is essential not only for the happiness of the individual couples and their families but also for the good of society and of the church,” the deacon said. “Christian marriage and family life are meant to be beacons of evangelical light that lead others to the love and joy of God. Our future depends on getting marriage right.”