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    The Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship published Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage in September 2016. The Guidelines have been prepared over an extended period of time during which marriage preparation providers were consulted as well as relationship and theological experts.

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    Family Catechesis

    "If we learn to apologize promptly and to give each other mutual forgiveness, the wounds heal, the marriage grows stronger, and the family becomes an increasingly stronger home, which withstands the shocks of our smaller or greater misdeeds."

    Pope Francis
    General Audience
    Saint Peter's Square Rome
    Wednesday 4 November 2015

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    Light for the Path

    For the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy the MFL Project Office has produced Light for the Path a 6 session user-friendly resource to help families enter into this special time for the church

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    Our blog offers local, national and international news, information and reflections on Catholic marriage and family life ministry in England and Wales

    Recently posted on 19 Oct 2016:
    Family Group Movement National Mass of Thanksgiving

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  • Family Group Movement

    Family Groups offer understanding, friendship and support to all. They encourage and celebrate family life in its myriad forms and help everyone in the parish feel that they belong

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    Family Synod

    In April 2016 the Vatican published Amoris Laetitia or 'The Joy of Love' Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics around the world.


    Funding dioceses to help strengthen parish communities and encourage lay leadership through formation, training, pastoral support and community fellowship

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    The Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry seeks to support the growth of loving, life-enhancing relationships and to serve the Church through marriage and family life ministry

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    Passing on the Faith

    Resourcing the home, school and parish to support parents and grandparents in their irreplaceable and inalienable task of passing on faith in God

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    Home is a Holy Place

    Raising awareness and understanding of the graced, blessed and holy reality of Christian marriage and family life, to restore families "reasons for confidence" in themselves, in the riches that they "possess by nature and grace and in the mission that God has entrusted to" them. (Familiaris Consortio #86)

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    Supporting the development of welcoming, family-sensitive, friendly parishes where everybody feels welcomed, accepted, known and loved for who they are

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    Mental Health Project

    Offering a range of resources to help increase spiritual and pastoral support for those with mental health needs, their families and carers in parishes, deaneries, dioceses, schools, hospitals, universities, prisons and organisations

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    Creating an environment within the Catholic community in which domestic abuse is understood and recognised as unacceptable and strategies are put in place to enable effective responses to signs of domestic abuse

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At the Marriage & Family Life Project Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales we support the specific pastoral initiatives prioritised by the Bishops in the area of marriage and family life, working closely with diocesan teams, so that family life can flourish in local communities.

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    39 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1BX

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