‘Learning different ways to approach problems and talking about them made the most difference to me – the course has truly helped bond my family,’ wrote a parent after attending a course offered in Wrexham diocese by Margaret Hinton, coordinator for family ministry. Margaret has been delivering parent support programmes in several of the Diocesan primary schools over the last few years but recently gained Approved Facilitator Trainer status with Family Caring Trust, which has enabled her to train new parenting support facilitators and increase capacity to offer this support across a wider geographical area.
“For the second year running we have organised a very successful Mental Health First Aid for the diocese, presented by MIND Cymru,” reported Margaret. “This informative, awareness- raising course was attended by representatives from different lay organisations and gave practical ‘first aid’ advice to those working with and supporting people suffering from acute mental distress,”
Bishop Peter Brignall celebrated the Diocese’s second annual Mass for marriage and married life in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows in Wrexham, on St Valentine’s Day. The couples who came together to renew their vows represented over 800 years of married life. At a reception in the Cathedral hall, John Patrick and Dorothy McMahon, married for 63 years in January, cut the celebration cake.
Plans for the first Welsh Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage are also well under awy, in collaboration with marriage and family life counterparts in the Dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia. The event will take place in July 2016.
In 2010 a grant from from the bishops’ Celebrating Family Fund enabled the Diocese of Wrexham to establish foundations for Marriage and Family Life (MFL) Ministry in North Wales. The funds were used to employ Margaret Hinton as the Diocese’s Marriage and Family Life Worker. Supported by the Bishop and the MFL Commission, Margaret built relationships of trust with parish communities, pastors and schools and successfully developed a range of pastoral initiatives to strengthen families and build capacity for the future. Further funding from the bishops in 2014 has enabled the diocese to continue to build on success of those first four years.
For more information about Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the diocese of Wrexham please contact Margaret Hinton.