Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life

 

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked us to reflect with ‘true spiritual discernment’ on the themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the Extraordinary meeting of Bishops held in Rome in October 2014.

The Bishops of England and Wales subsequently published a document to help the faithful reflect and discern on this crucial aspect of Catholic life.

The Call, the Journey and the Mission

Collated responses were published on 22 September 2015.

2014 Family Survey

Reflection document for the people of our diocese

The Call, the Journey and the Mission

This short document from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is designed to help the faithful reflect and discern on marriage and family life in the context of our Catholic faith.

Ahead of the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to reflect with ‘true spiritual discernment’ on the themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the Extraordinary meeting of Bishops held in Rome in October 2014.

‘The Call, the Journey and the Mission – An Invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales to Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life’ offers background information, Scripture passages, quotes from Pope Francis and presents a series of questions to stimulate discussion and response on the key issues.

Read/DownloadYou can read the document by using the links below:

The Call, the Journey and the Mission

The Call, the Journey and the Mission (Welsh Translation)

Collated responses were published on 22 September 2015.

2014 Family Survey

A Reflection Document for the Clergy on Marriage and Family

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This reflection document for clergy on marriage and family life has been written between the two Bishops’ Synods on these crucial subjects at the heart of Catholic life and witness.

The first Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family took place in Rome from 5-19 October 2014 and was attended by the President of our Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

The second, in autumn 2015, has the title The Vocation and the Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.

The time between the two synods has been called by Pope Francis to be a time of “true spiritual discernment” on the family and its context in the society of today.

The Bishops of England and Wales ask the clergy of our countries to reflect on the importance of marriage and the role of the clergy in accompanying of people on their journey of marriage and as families.

Read/DownloadYou can read the document by using the link below:

Clergy – Marriage and Family