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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF MARY
MOTHER OF GOD, PONDERS END (WESTMINSTER DIOCESE)

Sacrament of Marriage

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament"
(Canon 1055.1 of the Code of Canon Law and CCC 1601).

“Marriage and the family constitute the decisive foundation for a healthy development of the civil society of countries and peoples. Marriage as a basic form of ordering the relationship between man and woman and, at the same time, as basic cell of the state community, has also been moulded by biblical faith. Thus marriage has given Europe its particular aspect and its humanism, also and precisely because it has had to learn to acquire continually the characteristic of fidelity and renunciation traced by it. Europe will no longer be Europe if this basic cell of the social construction disappears or is substantially transformed. We all know how much risks marriage and the family run today –on one hand because of the erosion of its most profound values of stability and indissolubility, because of a growing liberalisation of the right of divorce, and of the custom, increasingly widespread, of man and woman living together without the juridical form and protection of marriage, on the other, because of the different types of union which have no foundation in history of the culture and of the law in Europe. The Church cannot approve legislative initiatives that imply a valuation of alternative models of the life of the couple and the family. These contribute to the weakening of the principles of the natural law and hence, to the relativisation of the whole of legislation, in addition to the awareness of values in society.” - Pope Benedict XVI (2nd Dec 2010)

Marriage Preparation Course
The Parish periodically runs a marriage preparation course usually in Spring and Autumn of every year.

Marriage courseThe course which is based on the teaching of the Catholic Church on Marriage, is led by a team consisting of the Parish Priest, the Catechetical Co-ordinator and two couples.

Marriage Preparation Course - Spring 2015Marriage Preparation Course CLICK HERE

For further information and to register for the course please contact the Parish Priest.

Contacts:
Parish Priest:
Fr John Shewring
Tel: 0208 804 2149
Email: john_shewring@mary-mother-of-god.org

INITIATIVES SUPPORTING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE

CELEBRATE LOVE
Marriage Enrichment Seminar – non-residential weekend programme for married couples, leading them into deeper intimacy and greater appreciation of their masculine and feminine uniqueness. An initiative of Pastoral and Matrimonial Renewal Centre (PMRC), Australia, coordinated in the UK by the Archdiocese of Westminster Pastoral Affairs Department.
Web: www.clebratelove.org.uk Email: cathmacgillivray@rcdow.org.uk Tel: 020 7798 9363; 020 7931 6064

ENGAGE
Marriage Preparation Resource – for married couples mentoring engaged couples at home or in the parish, couple-to-couple or in a group. DVD, manual and workbooks are available from the Archdiocese of Westminster Pastoral Affairs Department who will also train your mentors. Enquiries welcomed from parishes, married couples and couples interested in mentoring and engaged couples.
Web: www.celebratelove.org.uk Email: cathmacgillivray@rcdow.org.uk Tel: 020 7798 9363; 020 7931 6064

TOWARDS A CIVILISATION OF LOVE
Series of 3 talks on CD by Edmunds Adamus, Director of Archdiocese of Westminster Pastoral Affairs Department, aimed at deepening our appreciation of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body:
1. Man and Woman He Created Them
2. Smart Loving – the Gift of Self in Marriage
3. Virtues for Life – Raising our Children in Christ
Email: edmundadamus@rcdow.org.uk Tel: 020 7798 9363

CATHOLIC MARRIAGE PREPARATION INC.
Marriage Preparation programme for engaged couples with time or distance constraints. Originating from the Diocese of Denver USA, with official imprimatur from their Archbishop, this web-based online course is recognised by the Archdiocese of Westminster Pastoral Board.
Web: www.catholicmarraigeprep.com

MARRIAGE CARE
Marriage Preparation – one-day courses (Saturdays) at various centres around the UK. London courses are usually held at 1 Blythe Mews, London W14 0NW.
Web: www.marriagecare.org.uk 020 7792 2199; 020 7371 1341
Marriage Care National helpline Tel: 0845 660 6000 (Lines open Mon-Fri 10am -4pm. Calls charged at local rate)

UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS
Upholding Christian Values, providing friendship; supporting families, the parish, mothers and all women
Web: www.theucm.co.uk Email: srbrigid@gmail.com Tel: 020 7286 6387 Contact: Sr Brigid Collins

LONDON FERTILITY CARE CENTRE
NAPROTECHNOLOGY – Infertility evaluation and treatment. An ethical and moral approach, with success rates considerably higher than IVF.
NATURAL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT – The Creighton Model System is 99.5% effective in avoiding pregnancy without impairing fertility. The system can assist couples who wish to conceive.
Web: www.fertilitycarecentre.co.uk Email: info@fertilitycarecentre.co.uk Contact: Nicole Parker

BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD CENTRE
The Billings Ovulation Method can help with all these areas of your life – naturally – managing fertility, achieving or avoiding pregnancy, regulating fertility whilst breastfeeding, managing menopause.
Location: The Basement, 58B Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TB
Web: www.woomb.org Email: thebom@tiscali.co.uk Tel: 020 7793 0026

FERTILITY UK
Natural family planning and information about access to local teaching services
Web: www.fertilityuk.org

CITY CRISIS PREGNANCY
LIFE charity offers a listening service or counselling or psychotherapy for those seeking answers to unresolved issues or wanting to make an informed choice about their unplanned pregnancy.
Location: 15 Lamb’s Passage, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8LE
Web: www.citypregnancy.org.uk Tel: 020 7638 5440

GOOD COUNSEL NETWORK
Helping and encouraging women to find positive solutions to difficult situations in pregnancy and beyond, to enable them choose life for their babies.
Email: info@goodcounselnetwork.freeserve.co.uk Tel: 020 7723 1740

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