The sacrament of matrimony is also a vocation.

Through the vows taken a man and woman are joined together for life.

Marriage begins with a wedding service in the presence of God and the faith community and the couple continue to confer the sacrament on one another whenever they offer themselves in the service of the other and the larger community.

Thus, marriage is an ongoing sacrament. The grace of the sacrament is there to strengthen the couple and should be open to creating and raising a family.

For more information visit the Catholic Family Website

For more information on Weddings (Office for Marriage) within the Archdiocese of Birmingham please click here



Alliance of Catholic Marriage Organisations

The 'Accompanying Couples over a Lifetime' document is produced by the Alliance of Catholic Marriage Organisations.

The Alliance is formed of many organisations that support couples at all stages of their relationship from marriage preparation to marriage enrichment as well as when marriages experience difficulties.
 
All of these organisations have adapted how they support couples and are now able to remotely provide their services online.



Marriage Enrichment Weekends 2021

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Online Marriage Enrichment Experience with Bishop David Evans, January 30-31 2021.

An opportunity for couples to enrich their relationship, regardless of the length of time they have been together.

Couples can explore their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage.

Other dates for 2021: 20-21 March & 15-16 May
 
To find out more click here or call 0845 2602016


Marriage Preparation

Due to the pandemic marriage preparation providers have adapted and moved their courses online which gives more choice and flexibility for couples preparing to marry.

The three main providers in the UK are Marriage Care, Worldwide Marriage Encounter & Smart Loving.

Marriage Care offer two online preparation courses.

Preparing Together Anywhere – an interactive, skills-orientated, online group course delivered over three webinar style sessions.
The sessions can facilitate up to seven couples.

An overview of the course which is designed to help couples learn their relationship grows when they may encounter important issues in a constructive and loving way:
• The importance of talking and listening
• How to negotiate and solve problems
• What to expect from your relationship
• The way your family and childhood influence how you interact with each other

The link is for 2021 online courses that any couple can sign up for regardless of where they live.

FOCCUS – a questionnaire-based exploration of the couple's relationship, provided for individual couples with a facilitator.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter are also providing online marriage preparation.

Their Engaged Encounter course dates are:

27th Jan – 3rd Mar (every Wednesday, six sessions)
17th & 24th April (two sessions)
19th & 26th June
2nd & 9th Oct

Non-residential in person weekend is provisionally planned for 11th-12th September, Leamington Spa.


Another option for couples is Smart Loving


Marriage support for those experiencing difficulties

Is lockdown and living in a time of so much uncertainty affecting your relationship?

Are you more stressed, silent or arguing a lot?

Have you reached a point that you are considering separating or divorce?

Help and support is available.

Retrouvaille offer a virtual weekend programme (25th-28th Feb 2021) that may help.

For more information or to speak to someone in confidence call or text 07887 296983 / 07973 380443 or email [email protected]