Marriage and Family Life
Specialist Adviser: Katherine Bergin
Please contact her on 01293 651152 or email email@example.com 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
Synod on the Family:
Pope Francis has 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 Grandparents' Pilgrimage - 7 June 2017
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead with Bishop Richard Moth.
A day with other Grandparents to laugh, pray and share life's journey on Wednesday 7th June meeting at 10.00 am at the church of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead RH13 8LT including Adoration, Reconciliation, Mass with Bishop Richard (at 11.30am), Rosary Walk & Benediction. Parking limited. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided. Please contact Rosie Read: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01293 651161 Poster here
Annual Grandparents' Reflection Day - 21st September 2017
'How to support your grandchildren in dealing with failure'
Led by Fr Stephen Ortiger and Elizabeth O'Shea on the spiritual and practical support of grandchildre in dealing with failure. To be held at Worth Abbey RH10 4SB on Thursday 21st September. Coffee at 9.45 am ending at 3.00 pm. Booking esserntial through Rosie Read email@example.com or 01293 651161. Donations on the day to cover costs. Poster here
Marriage Anniversaries Mass - 7 October 2017:
The Annual Marriage Anniversaries Mass, for those celebrating a landmark or significant anniversary, will be held at Arundel Cathedral on Saturday, 7th October 2017 at 12 noon.
Courses & Resources:
'Grief in the Family' - Annual Day of Reflection for Parish Bereavment Befrienders: St Bernadette's Church, Tilgate, Crawley June 12th 2017.
A day for those involved with the ministry of supporting the bereaved to meet and develop their role. St Bernadette's Church, Tilgate Way, Tilgate, Crawley RH10 5BS on 12 June, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (Coffee at 9.30 am). Please bring a packed lunch. Poster here.
Booking essential. Please contact Rosie Read: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01293 651161
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.