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Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Article

Marriage and Family Life

Details of Course here 

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: Lizzie Wakeling
Please contact her on 01293 651155 or email elizabeth.wakeling@dabnet.org for further information

Priest Adviser: Fr Peter Andrews

Commission Members:  Fr Peter Andrews, Katherine Bergin, John and Tina Nichols, Christine and Michael Evans, Claire Wordsworth, Aseel Gilbert, Lucy Hall, Kathy Quint, Lizzie Wakeling.

The areas we support: 

We offer training for Engaged Couples (See note below)
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.
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:

World Meeting of Families - August 22nd-26th, 2018 - Dublin.

Arundel & Brighton  Was the second largest UK represented diocese.  A reunion of all who attended is scheduled for Saturday, 15th December, at DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP.  Contact Lizzie Wakeling for more details  - 01293 651155  elizabeth.wakeling@dabnet.org

For full details please visit the website - click here   A video is available to watch - here    To sign up for the newsletter, to receive updates and information, click here.

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: katherine.bergin@dabnet.org  01293 651152

Grandparents' Pilgrimage to West Grinstead, 2019 - Wednesday 12th June 2019.  Mass, Stations of the Cross, Benediction.  Opportunity to visit Secret Chapel.  Parking limited so car sharing asdvised.

Marriage Anniversaries Mass 2019 with Bishop Richard:  Next year scheduled for Saturday 12th October, at 12 noon, at Arundel Cathedral  - for couples celebrating a significant anniversary or landmark anniversary.

 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.

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'.

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:

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:
The Diocesan Guidelines booklet and resources for engaged couples are being reviewed. Contact Katherine Bergin on katherine.bergin@dabnet.org for more information.

 Supporting the Bereaved Course 2019  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 November, 2019, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, at DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP. Further details on course here

You must be able to attend on all of the following Tuedsays:  15th, 22nd and 29th January, 5th, 12th and 26th February, and 5th March.  Contact Katherine.bergin@dabnet.org for an application form.