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Marriage and Family Life News

  • 2020
    • Marriage Care at 75 - always here for youMarriage Care at 75 - always here for you

      Lockdown might be easing but the needs for couples and families are not. MFL Westminster are inviting different voices  to share their insights to help support and nourish marriage and family life. Marriage Care   Now in its 75   The etho...

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    • Finding healing, renewal and rediscovery in marriage

      Written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator Dear Couples, What has been our experience as a married couple of the last 14 weeks, living through a time like no other with no set boundaries, different pressures and an un...

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    • How do we connect to our feelings?

      Written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator   What words would you choose to describe your journey through this pandemic? Words are an important way of articulating what we have experienced and what has touched us. Fi...

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    • Speaking the language of love

      During this period of lockdown MFL Westminster have invited different groups to share their insights to help support and nourish marriage and family life. Christian Life Community God so loved the world he gave his only Son! How incredibl...

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    • How to share our lockdown journey?

      Written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Co-ordinator   Going on retreat is always beneficial although it can be fraught with unexpected dangers and surprises, as we learn to travel in a new environment.  Without the benef...

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    • Couple time in Lockdown

      During this period of lockdown MFL Westminster have invited different groups to share their insights to help support and nourish marriage and family life. https://smartloving.org/uk/ Across the world, couples are rediscovering the joy – and th...

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    • Drinking from the wine of Cana in lockdown

      Written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator Over the last few weeks, it has been a real joy to hear different voices sharing their insights into the ways in which we can affirm and support couples and families durin...

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    • Commit, Connect, Communicate From this Day Forward

      In this time of crisis MFL Westminster have been inviting various groups to share their resources to help support and sustain marriage and family life. www.marriage-week.org.uk www.careforthefamily.org.uk   There has been much coverage during...

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    • Refreshing marriage from the deep wells of scripture

      In this time of crisis MFL Westminster have been inviting various groups to share their resources to help support and sustain marriage and family life.   Our small group   Archbishop Bernard’s words above were for this year (Year A...

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    • Zacchaeus to the rescue

      Written by Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Westminster 4th May 2020 In this time of crisis feeling isolated is not an unusual feeling and is one that crosses my mind when my daily walk takes me past ...

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    • The joy of growing closer to God and each other every day

      During this time of crisis MFL Westminster has been inviting different voices to share their insights on ways to deepen our insights into the vocation of marriage andways to  explore married spirituality. Last Friday (third week of Easter) we ...

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    • Home is a Holy Place and Seeking God Together

      Written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Westminster These are two great titles of work undertaken in recent years by the Marriage and Family Life Team at the Bishop’s Conference. Both resources m...

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    • Coping with Lockdown: choosing to love

      At a time when the world seems silent,our lived experience is not.  WMFL Westminster is inviting guest contributors to share their insights to help us feed marriage and family life. 36 years ago, we had a young family of three. Life was full of...

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    • How is our relationship prospering under lockdown?

      We are inviting various voices working in the diocese to share their pastoral and practical insights during the COVID19 pandemic. To find out more https://wwme.org.uk/     Our thanks to Charles & Krysia Golabek for this contribution. Happil...

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    • On the road to Emmaus in a time of crisis

      By Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage & Family Life Coordinator   When I was in formation for the permanent diaconate, we had an exceptionally gifted lecturer for Moral Theology. Whenever praised for his insights he would merely respond rather p...

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    • Marriage Care - We're here for you

      We are inviting contributions from various voices working within the diocese to share their pastoral and practical insights during the COVID19 pandemic. Marriage Care was founded in this diocese in 1946 and has been serving parish communities acr...

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    • Tales from Marriage and Family - The desert

      By Deacon Roger Carr-Jones Marriage and Family Life Coordinator For the past few months, I have been living in a different home while my own home has been restored. Part of living in this different space has meant learning to live in a diffe...

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    • The Art of Forgiveness

      In this time of challenge we are inviting various voices from the diocese to share their pastoral insights. Forgiveness is easy to say, yet difficult to practice. Nurturing forgiveness in married life, helps to heal wounds and rekindle love. Ou...

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    • Cancellation of the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony

      By   We regret that due to the Corvid 19 pandemic and based on the advice being issued by Government, we have taken the decision to now formally cancel this gathering on the 30th May 2020.   At the present moment we are unable to say...

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    • Praying with emulsion

      In Ignatian spirituality we can learn to pray through art. However, learning to pray when painting our home with a pot of emulsion feels very different. Yet with every sweep of the brush, or glide of the roller, a new landscape appears before our ...

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    • Egg on our face - learning to love

      written by Deacon Roger Carr-Jones MFL Coordinator There are many things that can be a source of embarrassment in daily life, especially in a work contest, when we do or say something without engaging our brain. I am sure that we have all ha...

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    • "Will you marry me?" A Valentine Day reflection

        Writtten by Roger Carr-Jones MFL Coordinator “ In Perhaps we can recall when we first met the person that we love, just how eager we were to learn more about them and gradually to learn more about their inner landscape? Dating has...

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    • Marriage Care appoints new Chair

      This January marks a moment of change as my predecessor Kit Dollard hands on the baton of responsibility to serve as Chair of Marriage Care. Saying ‘goodbye’ is both a bittersweet moment as a friend moves on and the opportunity to look back...

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  • 2019
    • The Holy Family: a reflection on married loveThe Holy Family: a reflection on married love

      Continuing on our Advent journey with the Holy Family towards Bethlehem, this is a useful opportunity to experience a retreat in daily life as a married couple, where we can reflect upon, heal, affirm and grow our relationship. This may be a new ...

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    • On the road to Bethlehem and home to God

      By Deacon Roger Carr-Jones, Marriage and Family Life Coordinator In the hustle and bustle that now marks the Advent season, the concept of expectant waiting and preparation, both for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the...

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    • Walking the Star Path to Heaven

      If we were to reflect back on our experience of family life there would be times when we would have experienced moments of change. Whilst these might differ in their severity and impact, they still form part of our journey, shaping and influencing...

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    • Teeming with Joy

      If you are not familiar with Teams, this is an international lay movement in the Catholic Church, designed to enrich ‘married spirituality’, helping to make good Christian marriages even better by growing the graces received in sacramental mar...

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    • On the road to Jericho

      When a couple feel that they must get divorced or separate they may turn to those who care for them most. Sadly, experience shows instead that family and friends become divided, or often unable to process the situation leaving those at the heart o...

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    • Finding joy at the heart of marriage

      If we were seeking a word that would best suit what would we desire and hope from marriage and family life, then perhaps that three letter word ‘Joy’ might just fit the bill. It is neither too long to write, or difficult to pronounce, and feel...

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    • Autumn: A time of fruitfulness and thanksgiving

      I was recently struck by the parallels between the need for prayer and the need for open communication in marriage and family life when re-reading Fr Bernard Basset’s (SJ) little book Let’s Start Praying Again. Published in 1970, Fr Basset pai...

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    • Tending the garden of marriage

      Marriage, just like gardening, is a process in that it is an ever-changing landscape, requiring the odd adjustment here, the letting go of redundant features and time to grow, mature and blossom. To achieve this requires a certain degree of on-goi...

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    • Always make sure that a ‘tweet’ is sweet

      Use of twitter is a recent innovation for the Evangelisation Agency, of which the Marriage and Family Life ministry is a part, yet it comes as a helpful reminder that a few good words at the beginning of a day do make a difference. Using twitter h...

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    • Mass in Thanksgiving for Matrimony 2019

      On Saturday 8th June over six hundred married couples filled Westminster Cathedral for the Annual Mass in Thanksgiving for Matrimony. All the couples had been invited by Cardinal Nichols because they are celebrating a significant anniversary this ...

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    • 2021 Rome: Theme for the World Meeting of Families Announced

      The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life releases the theme for the 2021 World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Rome. A statement released by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life explains that, as the event will be taking place on...

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    • Restored Lives: Divorce Recovery Course Training

      This summer  FAMILIAS, the Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Ministry in England & Wales, will be hosting three regional ‘ Restored Lives’ divorce recovery training workshops for parish teams across England and Wale...

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    • "Where Two Are Gathered" An Audio Retreat for UK Marriage Week 2019

      Welcome to 'Where Two Are Gathered", a 7 day audio retreat for couples made in collaboration with the Diocese of Westminster in celebration of Marriage Week 2019 (13th - 19th May). PRAY-AS-YOU-GO REREAT FOR MARRIAGE WEEK One session will be ...

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    • UK National Marriage Week 13th – 19th May 2019

      This year’s Marriage Week theme is ‘Recipe for a Healthy Marriage’. The ingredients for that recipe are: Kindness; Friendship; Commitment; Forgiveness; Intimacy; Tolerant communication. It works on two levels, to get couples thinking abou...

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    • 'Married Love' A Conference on Marriage Enrichment

      A model for Marriage Enrichment – Teams of Our Lady This November the GB Province of Teams of Our Lady (TOL) are celebrating the 60 To mark their Jubilee Year, Marriage and Family Life Westminster have, on behalf of Bishop Nicholas Hudson,...

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    • Lent in One Minute

      Lent is a gift to prepare us to celebrate Easter worthily. It is a time in which we can reflect more deeply on our spiritual and temporal life. In daily life we tend to make things more complex than they need be, rather than to place simplicity at...

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    • Thinking (Outside) the Chocolate Box on St Valentine’s Day

      St Valentine's Token Book from the World Meeting of Families 2018.  Following Pope Francis’ calls to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day in a more meaningful way, the World Meeting of Families 2018 iinvited couples to think beyond the traditiona...

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    • The Seasons of Marriage and Family life: cultivating new growth

      February is sometimes viewed as a time of extended gloom and despondency as winter begins to strengthen its grip. In the natural world the familiar beauty of the landscape and the garden has departed and all seems stark. When we remind ourselves t...

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  • 2018