The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.”
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 31
Knowing that marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values, the Church wishes to speak and offer her help to those who are already aware of the value of marriage and the family and seek to live it faithfully, to those who are uncertain and anxious and searching for the truth, and to those who are unjustly impeded from living freely their family lives. Supporting the first, illuminating the second and assisting the others, the Church offers her services to every person who wonders about the destiny of marriage and the family.” Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio 1
Welcome to this website offering a diocesan family resources to encourage and support the families in our communities as well as offer signposts to where materials and resources to support the family and to support married life can be found. There may be nothing new here other than simple signposts taking you to the tremendous amount that there is available on the web.
This initiative flows from our diocesan guidelines, Called to be a People of Hope and finds an echo in our diocesan vision A Future Full of Hope. As a diocesan community we seek to give honour, dignity, respect and worth to the family and to those who live out the vocation of marriage. In Called to be a People of Hope we said:
We are called to deepen an awareness of the vocational nature of marriage and parenthood and be aware that families today take many forms. It is through the supportive practical love of the family that the Church can most effectively express its conviction that God is love.”
In A Future Full of Hope we say:
Our Aim is to value more deeply the beauty of the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and family life. Our Action is to give families the means to be aware of themselves as the ‘domestic church’ from which all are sent out on mission.”
Our guiding principle was to reflect upon the mystery of God become one of us, born into the Family of Nazareth. His birth “consecrated the family as the basic and ordinary way of his meeting with humanity.” God reveals himself in the beauty and the ordinariness of family life.
These pages will offer you thought, reflection, tools, materials and resources that may just deepen your own awareness of the wonder and dignity of the family. It may be that these pages enable you to find answers to questions you may have; it may be that you are looking for help or support; it may be that you need something or someone to refer to. Hopefully, there’s enough here to guide your thinking, your praying and your searching. If not, then get in touch with us here in our Diocesan offices.
No one is without a family in this world: the Church is a home and family for everyone, especially those who ‘labour and are heavy laden’.” Familiaris Consortio, 85