Marriage & Family Life

‘Jesus said, ‘have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female and said ‘this is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife and the two become one flesh? They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’ (Mt 19:4-6)

The office for Marriage and Family Life seeks to promote the vocation of marriage and to support families in the variety of circumstances in which they find themselves today.

Couples seeking to enter into marriage in the Catholic Church must take part in a process of marriage preparation. In this diocese such preparation can take a variety of forms. For more information, please click here.

The Holy Family Project is a diocesan initiative aimed at offering support to married couples and families to grow in love of God and for one another.  Futher information can be found on or by contacting Father Bryan Cunningham on

Relationship Counselling

Need to talk? Need Someone to Listen?

We all aspire to harmony at home but inevitably couples experience relationship difficulties that they may struggle to resolve. When it’s hard to talk things through and challenges seem insurmountable, engaging a skilled relationship counsellor can make all the difference.

Whether things are not quite right or you are faced with a more serious relationship issue, Marriage Care is here to help. We listen carefully, help you to share with each other, feel more connected as a couple and support you towards finding a peaceful resolution.

To find out more about Marriage Care services or book an appointment near you, visit our website or call our appointments team on 0800 389 3801


The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church…. “The desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church”. As a response to that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”.

Pope Francis, Amoria Laetitia