Marriage and Family Life
Specialist Adviser: Katherine Bergin
Please contact her on 01293 651152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help and information
Priest Adviser: Fr Peter Andrews
Commission Members: Christine & Michael Evans, Katy Gray, John & Tina Nichols, Kathy Quint, Clare Wordsworth, Lucy Hall & Helen Barcellona.
The areas we support:
We offer support to those whose marriages have failed
We encourage contacts in parishes to develop ways to celebrate marriage.
We hold an annual Marriage celebration Mass
We provide training to those who support the dying or bereaved
We work with families in developing a spirituality at home
We offer support to baptism catechists
We have launched a grandparents association
We work with the safeguarding team to raise awareness of domestic abuse
World Meeting of Families - August 2018
We are privileged that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin from 22nd - 26th August 2018. The event (held every three years) will consist of a joyful & reflective programme of workshops, talks & discussions for adults & young people with fun activities for children. From 22nd-224th August will be a 3-day congress with Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops & exhibitions on the theme: "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World"; chosen by Pope Francis.
21 August 2018, a National Opening of WMOF2018, which will take place simultaneously in all the different dioceses of Ireland.
- 22 to the 24 August 2018, a three-day Congress. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father and will include an enriching programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. The Congress will also include daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
- Saturday 25 August 2018, a Festival of Families, comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.
- Sunday 26 August 2018, WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration, that will gather thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.
Synod on the Family:
Pope Francis finalised the intense two-year process of the Synod on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and contemporary World with the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia, “On Love in the Family”. The purpose and approach of the Synod was pastoral, recognizing that the Church can do more to help and support marriage and the family in their joys and sufferings. Aware that countless challenges face families today, this document expresses hope and faith in families, and is written in a spirit of encouragement and accompaniment by the pastors of the Church.
There is also a video of Bishop Peter Doyle explaining his brief interpretation of 'On Love in the Family'.
Diocesan Parish Family Groups:
Does your Parish lack life and you feel like you don’t know each other? Then a Family Group is just tailor-made for you! With monthly functions such as picnics and games, and lots of friendly faces, you’ll never have to say that again. In a Family Group, you will find support and encouragement. You don’t need to have a family. When you join a Family Group, you become part of an extended family. A Family Group is for everyone! Click here for poster.
The Nativity - an annual play recreating the Nativity story in a large Barn at Wintershall, South of Guildford (A281) - December 2017.
There is a 15% discount for Grandparents from our Diocese booking the Nativity on Saturday 16th December at 11am. We are hoping it will be a special performance for grandchildren/grandparents and is a great one to come to for anyone not keen on driving in the dark.
See https://www.wintershall-estate.com/nativity-play for more details, but for the discount, call the Wintershall Office 01483 892167
Courses & Resources:
As with all things marriage needs working at. To help nourish your relationship contact marriage encounter on wwme.org.uk or attend a Cana retreat on www.chemin-neuf.org.uk/cana , join a weekend to celebrate at www.smartloving.org. Sometimes we struggle with the promises we made, for support at difficult times please contact marriage care www.marriagecare.org.uk or Retrouvaille www.retrouvaille.org.uk Contact Katherine Bergin on email@example.com for more information.
The Diocesan Guidelines booklet and resources for engaged couples are being reviewed. Contact Katherine Bergin on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.