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Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Article

Marriage and Family Life



Specialist Adviser: Katherine Bergin
Please contact her on 01293 651152 or email for help and information

Parish Family Groups Project Officer: Kat Pond
Please contact her on 01293 651155 or email for further information

Priest Adviser: Fr Peter Andrews

Commission Members: Christine & Michael Evans, Katy Gray, John & Tina Nichols, Kathy Quint, Clare Wordsworth, Lucy Hall & Helen Barcellona.

The areas we support: 

We offer training for Engaged Couples (See note below)
We offer resources in Preparation for Marriage including Natural Family Planning
We offer support to those whose marriages have failed
We encourage contacts in parishes to develop ways to celebrate marriage.
We aim to nurture and enrich marriages.
We hold an annual Marriage celebration Mass
We provide training to those who support the dying or bereaved
We work with families in developing a spirituality at home
We offer support to baptism catechists
We have launched a grandparents association
We work with parishes setting up and supporting parish family groups
We are trying to find ways to develop a pro life network across the diocese
We work with the safeguarding team to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Current News:

Synod on the Family:

Pope Francis has finalised the intense two-year process of the Synod on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and contemporary World with the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia, “On Love in the Family”. The purpose and approach of the Synod was pastoral, recognizing that the Church can do more to help and support marriage and the family in their joys and sufferings. Aware that countless challenges face families today, this document expresses hope and faith in families, and is written in a spirit of encouragement and accompaniment by the pastors of the Church.

You can download the full text of Amoris Laetitia, the official summary of the document and a simple Q&A document 

There is also a video of Bishop Peter Doyle explaining his brief interpretation of 'On Love in the Family'.

Forthcoming Events:

Annual Grandparents' Reflection Day - 21st September 2017
'How to support your grandchildren in dealing with failure'

Led by Fr Stephen Ortiger and Elizabeth O'Shea on the spiritual and practical support of grandchildre in dealing with failure. To be held at Worth Abbey RH10 4SB on Thursday 21st September. Coffee at 9.45 am ending at 3.00 pm. Booking esserntial through Rosie Read or 01293 651161. Donations on the day to cover costs. Poster here

Marriage Anniversaries Mass - 7 October 2017:

The Annual Marriage Anniversaries Mass, for those celebrating a landmark or significant anniversary, will be held at Arundel Cathedral on Saturday, 7th October 2017 at 12 noon. Booking form from Rosie Read or 01293 651161. Poster here


Courses & Resources:

'Grief in the Family' - Annual Day of Reflection for Parish Bereavment Befrienders: St Bernadette's Church, Tilgate, Crawley June 12th 2017.

A day for those involved with the ministry of supporting the bereaved to meet and develop their role. St Bernadette's Church, Tilgate Way, Tilgate, Crawley RH10 5BS on 12 June, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (Coffee at 9.30 am). Please bring a packed lunch. Poster here.
Booking essential. Please contact Rosie Read: Tel: 01293 651161

For ideas of how we can support your parish, find Courses and Resources here and for Parish Family Group information click here 

Marriage relationships:

As with all things marriage needs working at. To help nourish your relationship contact marriage encounter on or attend a Cana retreat on , join a weekend to celebrate at Sometimes we struggle with the promises we made, for support at difficult times please contact marriage care or Retrouvaille Contact Katherine Bergin on for more information.

Marriage Preparation:
The Diocesan Guidelines booklet and resources for engaged couples are being reviewed. Contact Katherine Bergin on for more information.