Pope Francis wants every family to be a beacon of the joy of [God’s] love in our world.
Working towards achieving that will be a huge contribution to evangelising our diocese. Each of us can find a way to contribute to creating those beacons. Not just in how we each live our own family lives as Catholics but also supporting others as they try to live out their family lives.
Within our diocese our Director of Marriage and family life works with parishes and external organisations to promote and support marriage and family life as a key part of the mission of our church. https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/marriage-family-life/ Fr Mathew can help you find opportunities for you to get involved.
Diocesan Marriage Conference in the Cathedral Hall on Saturday 6th July. The programme includes input from Brenden and Laura Thompson (Catholic Voices) on sharing the good news of marriage and the family; a discussion on taking forward the ‘family’ strand of diocesan renewal; and information sharing from the various organisations within the church for supporting marriage and family life. All participants are invited to take part in the annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Marriage and Family Life which takes place in the Cathedral at 3pm the same day. The event is free and open to all who are interested, however registration via Eventbrite is essential – https://brentwoodmarriageday.eventbrite.co.uk It would be particularly good to have a representative from every parish partnership present to discuss this key strand of Renewal.