Marriage & Family Life
The Project offers support and information at all stages of the family life cycle.
This ministry is informed and supported by the Bishops' Conference for England and Wales https://www.cbcew.org.uk/marriage-and-family-life/
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Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU
0114 256 6407
Celebrating Family Project
Celebrating Family Project is comprised of three strands (Click on logos to go to their websites)
Marriage Preparation in a Catholic Church
To get married in a Catholic Church, at least one of you will be a baptised Catholic.
You should approach the priest of the parish where you intend to marry before you arrange your marriage preparation. The priest or Deacon will make the necessary arrangements for the ceremony.
Marriage Matters is a collection of 60 word snippets, adapted from the Sunday Mass Scripture Reading reflections found in I AM WITH YOU Year C. These can be placed in a Newsletter, Bulletin, Website or Blog.
The book is designed to support, encourage, inspire, challenge and motivate couples to deepen their relationship with one another and with God. Its sole purpose is to enhance relationships and heighten the profile of Marriage and its sanctity and significance in the life of the family, the Church, communities and Society as a whole.
All relationships have ups and downs, but sometimes they can get a bit stuck and it’s hard to talk things through or get to a positive solution. That’s when help from a skilled couple relationship counsellor can make all the difference. Whether you are feeling things just aren’t quite right or whether you are encountering serious difficulties, we are here to listen and to support you towards a positive outcome.
For more information and to find a trained counsellor please visit:
Marriage Enrichment and Teams
As time progresses and the early romance begins to wear off, most married couples drift into taking each other for granted. Other things begin to take up more and more of their time and the vision they had for their marriage begins to fade. A marriage enrichment weekend gives a couple time alone together and helps them to rediscover that vision, no matter how long they have been married.
Stress in Your Marriage? – Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.
This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year. There is no group therapy or group work
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 1st – 4th July 20-21.
Family Groups Movement (England & Wales)
The Family Groups Movement seeks to build an extended family atmosphere in Catholic parishes.
If you would like to read more and how to start a group in your parish please visit:
Life Fertility Care
LIFE FERTILITY CARE - AN ALTERNATIVE TO IVF
The Life Fertility Care programme promotes and supports reproductive health and fertility. FertilityCare helps couples to understand their fertility potential before they try to conceive and offers evaluation and treatment for infertility or recurrent miscarriage for married couples.
We are a specialist programme for those looking for fertility related support and treatment that comes from an ethical perspective beyond what is generally on offer within the NHS currently or feel that the NHS is currently not sufficiently providing for their ethical needs.
We specifically hold:
1. A child is a gift from God
2. That the best place for receiving this gift is within marriage and within an act of natural intercourse.
3. That fertility is equally a beautiful gift from God and best never deliberately destroyed neither temporarily or permanently.
4. That life starts at fertilisation (when sperm meets egg) and lasts until natural death.
5. That all human life, whatever its stage of development or functionality, deserves equal respect and protection.
6. That medicine needs to respect (ie. not interfere with) the unitive bond of marriage at any time.
Becoming a Registered Facilitator
As Family Caring Caring Trust has ceased to operate we do not offer this training.
Family Caring Trust Parenting Programmes
We use Family Caring Trust parenting programmes that aim to help parents and carers identify their existing parenting skills, polish them up and introduce them to new ones. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Grandparents Association
The Catholic Grandparents Association is a group of people united by a belief in the importance of the vocation of Grandparents.
The CGA now has branches in Ireland, where Grandparents can meet to pray, exchange advice and information and support each other-more are in the pipeline.
It recently spread its wings to the United States of America. CGA also promotes an annual Grandparents Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, England.
CGA in England and Wales was launched on May 9th 2014.
For more information and to keep in touch about details of Pilgrimages visit: http://catholicgrandparentsassociation.com
Couples in which each of the partners belong to a different Christian denomination are often referred to as Interchurch Families, they can sometimes also be called mixed marriages. Usually these couples are Roman Catholic or Orthodox and another Christian Church tradition.
Support for Separated and Divorced Catholics
The end of a significant relationship or marriage can feel completely overwhelming. Many people are in shock, feel isolated and don’t know where to start. If left unresolved the emotional effects of a separation or divorce can be felt for years afterwards but it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you aren’t sure where to start… start here!
Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources
For resources, information and helplines
New Resource for Baptism Preparation
New Scripture Resource for Families- Exploring Real Questions in Family Life
Bishop Ralph has purchased a copy for each parish in Hallam and a copy has been sent to Parish Priests.
It is a useful resource for parish groups
National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) Guide to the Annulment Process
Download and print this resource for use in parishes
Lifting the Lid creating a space for churches to listen and respond
Catholic Mental Health Project
Notice board for latest news
A new guide, written for clergy, religious and laity by Dr Christauria Welland, on how we can help Catholic families troubled by relationship violence is FREE to download from www.paxinfamilia.org.
Mothers Prayers was started in England in November 1995 and has spread rapidly throughout the world with contacts in over 100 Countries and has the approval, support and blessing of Christian leaders of all denominations.