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Marriage Preparation

Preparation for marriage is a requirement for couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church. As well as the required preparation with a priest, who will witness the marriage, there are several programmes designed to aid couples in thinking about their relationship as they move towards marriage.

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Marriage as a Sacrament

Catholics view marriage as a sacrament in that it signifies and makes present Christ’s love in the world. The special grace of marriage is to sanctify the bond between a man and a woman so that it becomes, through the Holy Spirit, “an even richer union... on all levels” The Christian Family in the Modern World, paragraph 18, 1981.

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Marriage Resources and Support

There are a wide range of organisations and networks of volunteers involved in developing our understanding of marriage and work to actively support married couples.

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Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to help parents and grandparents to pass on faith in God.

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25/10/2013 4:51 pm

Preparatory Document

The Lineamenta - or preparatory document - for the 2014 extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the family gives more information on the Vatican meeting that will examine the "Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context Of Evangelization". You can download the document as a PDF using the link in this article. 

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18/11/2013 4:00 pm

Diocesan contacts for the Synod Consultation

Below you will find a list of the Diocesan contacts for the Synod consultation along with the closing date for responses. The online Vatican Synod consultation has now closed.

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25/10/2013 6:38 pm

Questionnaire

Our online survey providing the questions of the Holy See's quesionnaire on the family has now CLOSED. However, some of our dioceses are still accepting responses for a limited time.

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02/11/2011 12:00 pm

The Family Synod Takes Place

The Fifth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in Rome from 26 September to 25 October 1980. 148 bishops and 68 other delegates from across the globe, came together to discuss the Mission of the Christian Family in the Modern World. It was the first international meeting of John Paul II’s papacy and the world was poised to see what the Bishop from Poland would be like.

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