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Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Article

Marriage and Family Life

 

Specialist Adviser: Katherine Bergin
Please contact her on 01293 651152 or email katherine.bergin@dabnet.org for help and information

Parish Family Groups Project Officer: Kat Pond
Please contact her on 01293 651155 or email kat.pond@dabnet.org for further 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 resources in Preparation for Marriage including Natural Family Planning
We offer support to those whose marriages have failed
We encourage contacts in parishes to develop ways to celebrate marriage eg using Marriage Matters
We aim to nurture and enrich marriages
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 parishes setting up and supporting parish family groups
We are trying to find ways to develop a pro life network across the diocese
We work with the safeguarding team to raise awareness of domestic abuse
 

Current News:

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.

You can download the full text of Amoris Laetitia, the official summary of the document and a simple Q&A document 

There is also a video of Bishop Peter Doyle explaining his brief interpretation of 'On Love in the Family'.

Forthcoming Events:

Diocesan Grandparents' Pilgrimage - 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 11.00 am at the church of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead RH13 8LT including Adoration, Reconciliation and Mass with Bishop Richard. Parking limited. Please share cars. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & coffee provided. Poster here Booking essential. Please contact Rosie Read: rosie.read@dabnet.org Tel: 01293 651161

Marriage Anniversaries Mass - 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: rosie.read@dabnet.org Tel: 01293 651161

For ideas of how we can support your parish, find Courses and Resources here and for Parish Family Group information click here 
 

Marriage relationships:

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 katherine.bergin@dabnet.org for more information.

Marriage Preparation:

Some resources for engaged couples, with words from Pope Francis: Readings   Choosing your Readings   Reflections on the Readings  Advice for your Reader  Are You Ready?    Contemplation for Couples    Pope Francis to Engaged Couples   Confirmation (PowerPoint)  Confirmation (Notes)  Guildford Diocesan Scheme