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Marriage and Family Life News

  • 2020
    • Cancellation of the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony 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...

    • 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 ...

    • 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...

    • "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...

    • 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...

  • 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 ...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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 ...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • "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 ...

    • 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...

    • '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,...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

  • 2018
  • 2017
    • Accompanying Married Couples on Their Way..
An Invitation to ParishesAccompanying Married Couples on Their Way.. An Invitation to Parishes

      Accompanying Married Couples on Their Way. Dear Father, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia, encourages all of us, as a Church community, to help married couples and families: “Paris...

    • A Three Day Spirituality & Recovery Conference St John’s College
    • Marriage Preparation

       A group of engaged couples have recently participated in a new seven week Marriage Preparation course at Westminster Cathedral.  The course was based on the SmartLoving programme with each session led by a married couple. The variety of pers...

    • National Marriage Week

      National Marriage Week celebrates its 20   Celebrated from 7th to 14th February, the week’s aim is to draw attention to the value of marriage, for individuals, family life and civil society.  Everyone is invited to take part in the celebratio...

    • New Marriage Preparation Guidelines Introduced

      In a complex world where the reality is that not all marriages last, and on-going support is essential, Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation By saying ‘I do’ the couple begin a journey that calls for great courage, generosity and commi...

    • Proposing Marriage?

      If an engagement is in the air, you should both take a look at this wonderful video to help it go well from the start.

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
    • An Invitation to Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family LifeAn Invitation to Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life

      The pamphlet contains questions for people to ponder prayerfully in groups or individually to join in the period of spiritual discernment. To aid Cardinal Vincent ahead of his participation in the Ordinary Synod, he has asked for feedback and resp...

    • Considering Psychology from a Catholic Perspective

      In October I attended the Annual Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) Conference in the USA. Both the Office for Marriage and Family and St Mary Moorfields parish (where my husband and I facilitate marriage preparation) sponsored my attendance...

    • Welcome Maria O'Brien our new Marriage & Family Life Assistant

      We are pleased to introduce Maria O'Brien to you, our new Assistant in the Office for Marriage & Family Life.   Maria says: "I am very pleased and excited to be joining Edmund Adamus at the Office for Marriage and Family Life. For the past eight...

    • Advent Bite-size Reflections for Married Couples

      Two in One Flesh.   Parishes might like to cut and paste  the relevant week's reflection for their bulletin. Foreword by Bishop Laffitte, Secretary to The Pontifical Council for the family in Rome.  MARRIAGE MATTERS is FREE and can be downloade...

    • Mass to Celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at Pinner

      Four years ago St Luke’s Parish in Pinner started planning events for our Centenary. We wanted to give thanks for the past 100 years, rejoice in the present and look towards the future, and in so doing we decided to do this through a celebration...

    • Explore: Local Development Officer appointed for Office of Marriage & Family Life

      The Office for Marriage & Family Life is pleased to welcome Mary McGhee as Local Development Officer to provide administrative support for our Explore work and to assist in the growth and development

    • Eighth World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015

      This powerful and transformative event is expected to draw tens of thousands to Pennsylvania from more than 150 nations. Keep up with latest plans and please pray for it.

    • Marriage Foundation responds to Prime Minister's 'family test' announcement

      The Marriage Foundation welcomed the Prime Minister's latest commitment to support families, including continuing funding for relationships education and clearly designated cabinet level responsibility for this.  In a speech to the Relationships ...

    • The Beginning Experience

        But what if your happy marriage has ended? What if you are now separated, divorced or widowed and you are single once again? Your grief may well be as great as your happiness once was. You may be experiencing feelings of anger, guilt or sadnes...

    • Choose Life, Choose Love Conference

      The Choose Life, Choose Love Conference on Catholic marriage and family life was held at St Patrick's Church in Soho in March 2014. Speakers at the two day event included Jonathon Doyle, Founder and Director of CHOICEZ Media in Australia, and test...

    • Catholic Grandparents Association Launch in England and Wales

      The Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) in England and Wales was launched on 9 May 2014 in Westminster, when Catherine Wiley, founder of the CGA, welcomed grandparents from around the country, representing their various parishes and dioceses.

    • ‘Confirming’ true love to the next generation

      Explore is the unique educational charity enabling an open and friendly dialogue between volunteer spouses and young people. As its main work involves weekday conferences in schools this often means that couples who would like to volunteer cannot,...

  • 2013
  • 2012
    • Edmund AdamusEdmund Adamus on Vatican Radio

      Edmund Adamus, Director for Marriage and Family Life at the Diocese of Westminster, has been interviewed by Vatican Radio regarding the practical challenges of raising a family and about the threats facing the institution of the family in today's ...

  • 2011
    • Passionist Family Group MovementPassionist Family Group Movement

      Established in 1972 in Australia by Fr Peter McGrath cp, the PFGM aims to build Christian community through the development of extended families. The aims of the movement are: To get to know other members of the Parish To support each other, shari...

  • 2010
  • 2009