Marriage and Family Life
Specialist Adviser: Katherine Bergin
Please contact her on 01293 651152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help and information
Commission Members: Fr Peter Andrews, Katherine Bergin, Simon South, John and Tina Nichols, Christine and Michael Evans, Claire Wordsworth, Aseel Gilbert, Lucy Hall, and Kathy Quint.
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
Grandparents Week 2019: 28th September to 6th October - The Annual Diocesan Grandparents’ Week in 2019 will be held from Saturday 28th September to Sunday 6th October when schools and Parishes throughout the Diocese are organising events featuring the role of grandparents in their communities. For more details contact Katherine Bergin: email@example.com 01293 651152
Marriage Anniversaries Mass 2019 with Bishop Richard: Saturday 12th October 2019 at 12 noon, at Arundel Cathedral - for couples celebrating a significant anniversary or landmark anniversary. Further details from firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Supporting the Bereaved Course 2019/20: Could you befriend someone who has had a bereavement and walk beside them in their grief? Why not speak to your Parish Priest abut the course. Introductory Day on Friday 9th October, 2019, from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm, at St Philip Howard Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP. Further details on course here
You must be able to attend on all of the following Tuesdays in 2020: 14th, 21st, 28th January. 4th, 11th, 25th February. 3rd and 10th March. Contact Simon South at MFL@abdiocese.org.uk for an application form.