Marriage Preparation Days
Saturday 9 March: St Joseph, Blaydon NE21 5AE.
Saturday 16 March: St Mary’s, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ.
Saturday 13 April: St Hilda’s, Sunderland SR5 2JD.
Saturday 18 May: St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth NE61 1QF.
Saturday 21 September: St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth NE61 1QF.
Saturday 9 November: St Mary’s, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PQ.
(Other dates and venues will be notified to each Parish Priest and Deacon as arranged.)
Engaged couples can find more information at https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/marriage-preparation-2/.
To find and book on a course, please visit: https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/find-pt-course/ or call the booking service: 0800 389 3801 (NB. In person and online courses are available).
Fees payable to MarriageCare are given on the website and will cover the costs of the resources and materials that will be provided on the day for each couple; they also include an element of cost towards the counselling arm of MarriageCare, an important facility very well called upon in present society. At the end of the day of attendance, couples will be provided with details to go online to MarriageCare to print their certificates, one of which should be handed to the Parish Priest and the other retained.
Priests, Deacons and lay people may email: email@example.com for further information or Deacon Rob Wareing directly, if required.
Marriage and Family Life Mass 2024
Bishop Stephen will celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 17 February 2024 at noon to give thanks for the Sacrament of Marriage and Family Life. This is taking place during National Marriage Week. All married couples will be invited with particular focus on those celebrating a significant anniversary together with bereaved spouses, separated individuals and families experiencing or having experienced domestic difficulties. In these unprecedented times we remember couples in crisis and individual adults and children experiencing difficulties and abuse in their family relationships. We wish all to know that none is forgotten and that the Sacramental life is very much alive and prayed for.
Anyone celebrating a significant anniversary has the opportunity to receive a certificate of celebration on the day. Anyone celebrating a special anniversary can request a certificate by completing this form or by calling the Faith and Mission admin team on 0191 243 3316.
This day promises to be a wonderful Diocesan celebration and will provide a positive affirmation of the graces of Marriage to the entire North-East community. A poster for this event is available to download here.
“A Christian marriage is rooted in faith; that means faith in God, as the giver of life and the one who promises eternal life to those who believe in him.”
Visit the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales website here for information and resources about Marriage Week 2024, which is being celebrated 7 – 14 February 2024.
If you require any further information, please contact:
Deacon Rob Wareing, Diocesan Lead for Marriage and Family Life
Mobile: 07841 530991
Quick Links: Family & Sacraments Marriage Care