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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
National Marriage Week: 'speak up with love, reach out to the hurting'
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¬†The Catholic Church has begun two major initiatives to mark National Marriage Week (7-14th February) Love and Marriage: are we bovvered? is a project from the National Board of Catholic Women. They are inviting Catholic women to share with the NBCW their experience of married life. "We are keen to identify what contributes to sustaining marriage as a life-long commitment" says Rosemary Keenan, Convenor of the NBCW Marriage and Family Life Committee. The charity Marriage Care is holding celebrations nationwide to mark the 60th anniversary of its foundation. Marriage Care Chief Executive Terry Prendergast says: "Marriage Care has been providing relationship support for 60 years, years in which marriage has been in a state of constant evolution, not necessarily for the better. We believe that sustaining something as important as the decision to marry is vital ≠ for the couple, their children and their wider community." Sustaining marriage requires gentleness and sensitivity, is the National Marriage Week message from Bishop John Hine, chair of the Catholic Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life. "Speak up with love and sensitivity, listen gently to each other's experience of joy, loss, hope and loneliness and reach out to the hurting," He added: "The world in which we live needs, as never before, our Christian witness to the truth about marriage." Ideas and resources for celebrating National Marriage Week including Do's and Don't's for a Loving and Healthy Marriage are available to download from the Home is a Holy Place website Diocesan and parish events St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds. Sunday 11th February. 11am Celebrant: Rev Peter Rosser, Episcopal Vicar for Christian Life. St David's Cathedral, Cardiff. Tuesday 13th February. 7pm Celebrant: Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Cardiff. Theme: 'Celebrating Home as a Holy Place'. St Francis' Catholic Church, Morley. Thursday 15th February 7pm (Diocese of Leeds) St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Saturday 17th February 1.30pm. Celebrant: Rt Rev Kevin Dunn, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle St John's Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth. Saturday 17th February 12.15pm Fore more information see:
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