HALLAM CARING SERVICES
Marriage & Family Life
Marriage & Family Life
The Family Focus Project offers support and information at all stages of the family life cycle.
Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU
0114 256 6407
Family Support Worker
0782 544 9306
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.
For civil conditions and requirements click here.
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:
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.
For more information please visit https://wwme.org.uk
Retrouvaille has been working with couples in troubled marriages in the UK since 2007.
Retrouvaille is a French word meaning to find each other, oneself, the way again.
Programs are open to couples of all denominations or those with no faith.
Read more about Retrouvaille on their website:
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:
A child is a gift from God
That the best place for receiving this gift is within marriage and within an act of natural intercourse.
That fertility is equally a beautiful gift from God and best never deliberately destroyed neither temporarily or permanently.
That life starts at fertilisation (when sperm meets egg) and lasts until natural death.
That all human life, whatever its stage of development or functionality, deserves equal respect and protection.
That medicine needs to respect (ie. not interfere with) the unitive bond of marriage at any time.
Becoming a Registered Facilitator
Open to all those working in a paid or voluntary capacity with parents and carers - in schools, parishes and organisations within the diocesan area of Hallam.
Taking Part in a Parenting Course
Family Focus has trained over a hundred facilitators (group leaders), many of whom are delivering courses in schools, Young Children's Centres and parish and community settings. If you live in the South Yorkshire area you may wish to enquire if courses are run somewhere near you.
Family Caring Trust Parenting Programmes
We use Family Caring Trust parenting courses that aim to help parents and carers identify their existing parenting skills, polish them up and introduce them to new ones.
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
Family Support Worker
Laura Rendell was originally funded by the Bishops Conference, Celebrating Family Project. She is now Family Support Worker for the Family Focus Project.
Laura assists Social Workers in our Diocesan schools. She also trains facilitators to run parenting programmes in our schools and parishes.
Interested in having one in your school or parish?
mobile: 07825 449 306
Here's what parents say about the courses run by Laura
"I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know about being a father but this course has proved me wrong; every parent should do it"
"It's given me confidence to try new ways of managing behaviour I don't like"
"Laura is a fantastic teacher and the results have been life changing for me"
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.
Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics
The purpose of the organisation is to provide catholics shattered by the trauma of marriage breakdown with the support and care which is often best provided by fellow believers and sufferers. It is not a pressure group seeking to change church law; it upholds the sanctity and integrity of marriage as the foundation of human life. It aims to change attitudes by spreading accurate information on the church's teaching on separation, divorce, annulment and remarriage both among our members and fellow Christians .
For further information visit www.asdcengland.org.uk
Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources
CEDAR (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources) grew out of the Celebrating Families initiative. Its responsibilities have been taken on by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN).
You can find out more about CEDAR at http://www.cedar.uk.net/ where you will find, among lots of other useful information and helplines, a sheet identifying some relevant quotes from Amoris Laetitia, the latest papal document on the family.
If you wish to order CEDAR helpline stickers for your premises please contact:
Susan Tym firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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