Marriage and Family Life

Marriage and family life are extremely important to Catholics. The Church has a long tradition of recognising the importance of healthy marriage and family life to the wellbeing of individuals, neighbourhoods and to the Church itself. As Pope John Paul II wrote in 1981 and said in York in 1982, "the future of humanity passes by way of the family".

In England and Wales the Catholic Church has increasingly invested in recent years in the pastoral care of marriage and family life. This has included listening to families, supporting the growth of family-friendly parishes, raising awareness of family spirituality, clarifying the role and needs of families in passing on faith in God and building capacity for family ministry within dioceses.

“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’.” Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World # 85


Supporting Families 11.38 MB
A report from September 2012 that records the achievements of the 'Celebrating Family' projects. Produced by the Marriage and Family Life Project Office. Covers 2008-2011.

Not Easy But Full of Meaning - 2005 473.26 kB
A report by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on the findings of Listening 2004: My Family My Church. Catholic Family Life in 2004.

Marriage and Family


The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementar... Read more

Marriage and Family

Family Ministry

Marriage and family life ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales came of age with the launch of FAMILIAS - the Association for Catholic Diocesan...Read more

Marriage and Family

Everybody's Welcome

Everybody's Welcome is a project launched in 2006 to support parish communities in becoming more friendly, more family-sensitive, and more welcoming of all....Read more

Marriage and Family

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.Read more

Marriage and Family

Home is a Holy Place

Home is a Holy Place is a resource pack designed to help families become more aware of how God is already present with them at home. It is also about supporting parishes to work with this understanding of family spirituality and to incorporate it into existing programmes of support and catechesis for family life.

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Celebrating Family Project

Project: 2008-11.