Section 3 asks about how families are supported in their role of passing on faith in God to the next generation. In our experience people interpret and use the term ‘faith’ and the sense of ‘practising the faith’ in different ways. Read more in the report on Listening 2004 – Catholic family life in 2004. If you would like to know more about the bishops’ work in supporting parents and grandparents in passing on faith in God please visit www.passingonthefaith.org.uk particularly the information about the Partners in a Shared Task pilot project. If you would like to know more about the bishops’ work on marriage preparation please visit www.catholicmarriage.org.uk. If you would like to know more about the family as a domestic church please visit www.homeisaholyplace.org.uk (Please be aware that all the MFL websites of the CBCEW are currently being revised and upgraded)
Section 4 asks about a range of more challenging marital situations including cohabitation, separation, and divorce and remarriage. If you are separated, divorced or divorced and remarried you may find the bishops’ 1996 pastoral guidelines of interest. The Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics and the Beginning Experience may also be of help to you.
For information about the annulment process please contact your Diocesan MFL Coordinator
For information to support Catholics experiencing domestic abuse please visit www.cedar.uk.net
One of the many reasons why the Church values the family so highly is because the family is the means by which each of us comes into being. Our family generally protects and nourishes us in all kinds of ways, so that we might survive, grow and flourish, capable of loving God, others and ourselves. It is in the family that we learn how to love, how to behave, how to treat others. We learn who we are and what God might be calling us to become. We begin our journey of faith in our family, who form our earliest impressions of God and teach us the practices that will help us grow as disciples. Section 8 explores some of the ways in which our family experiences can both positively and negatively impact our survival and growth as people and as Christians, in our early years and as life goes on.