A NATION-WIDE cam paign aimed at teaching preparation for marriage, has been 'launched by the Young Christian Workers. This is to combat the widespread ignorance about the practicalities of marriage among young people, who are marrying at an earlier age every year.
"We find that three topics pre-occupy our membership more than others," explained Y.C.W. chairman Mr. Michael Foley. "They are work, leisure and marriage. We have run these type of courses before; the last was in 1962."
All over the country, about 300 Y.C.W. groups will arrange ten meetings of talks and discussions on such topics as friendship, courting, the family, and its impact on the community.
They will work closely with local branches of the Catholic Marriage Guidance Council.
After the introductory discussions. later meetings will take the form of lectures, one of which in each area will be given by a Catholic doctor or psychiatrist.
The Y.C.W. hope in this way to reach about 30,000 young people, including nonCatholics and non-churchgoers.
One of the first shots in the campaign is the publication of a booklet, Love and Marriave, which outlines how Y.C.W. members can best carry out their work.
It suggests young married couples be invited on to committees to give advice and help, and there are special plans for bringing engaged couples together.