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Can you help us?
CARE is a charitable organisation which operates
with volunteers in over 50 centres across England
and Wales. Our belief is that a strong society
is one built on the strong committed relationships
arising out of a happy marriage
70 years ago the
Catholic Marriage Advisory Council was established
in response to the pressure on family relationships
following the Second World War. The world has
changed a lot since 1946, but the need for support,
education and help in the relationship field remains
as great as ever. Over the years Marriage Care has
developed & grown to meet these needs
We know that at the heart of a good
marriage is a relationship of astonishing power and
richness, for the couple, their children, their
wider circle of friends and relations and society.
We believe that all lives are enriched by healthy,
joyful relationships. So we specialise in
helping couple build and sustain strong, fulfilling,
healthy relationships, and in providing support in
times of relationship difficulty. We believe that
better relationships make for better lives, more
stable families and a stronger society.
How can you help us?
looking for volunteers to help us with our Marriage
Preparation days; we work with local priests and
bishops to help couples prepare for fulfilled &
happy relationships and we do this through Marriage
Preparation days. Marriage preparation is an
investment in the future; amid the excitement of
planning the wedding and the aim is to help couples
towards a better understanding of relationships by
exploring issues with each other in a safe and
Over the past 20
years the Oxfordshire team has prepared over 2000
couples for marriage. All of us enjoy what we do,
working with engaged couples at this special time in
their lives. It also enables us to think about our
own relationships and keep them alive.
you be able to volunteer to support on a Marriage
Prep day. All our days in 2015 were oversubscribed
and it’s the same so far for 2016. If you are
interested in being a part of the marriage
preparation team we would love to talk to you with
no commitment. Marriage Preparation presenters can
be couples or married individuals who are willing to
offer up to 3 Saturdays a year; As volunteers we are
not professional presenters, we all bring our
different experiences and insights on how
Full training is
provided and anyone who enjoys working with groups
of people and facilitating discussion will find the
days fulfilling and stimulating, and I say this with
the experience of working as part of this team for
over 5 years. If not as a presenter could you come
along and be on a rota to help with the refreshments
on MP days? All support is welcome.
07470 412800 or visit our website for more detail
St John Paul II Prayer Group at Didcot
This new prayer group has been formed by
parishioners to pray for the sick. They meet
monthly in the church, and welcome new people.
For more details please contact the parish office at
Didcot on 01235 812338.
Holy Year of Mercy
In the bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus (MV),
Pope Francis decreed that the Holy Year would begin
on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015, with the
opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St.
Peter at the Vatican. On the following Sunday,
December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the opening
of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome, the
Basilica of St. John Lateran, took place. After
that, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas
opened. Moreover, the Holy Father decreed that on
the same Sunday, “in every local church, at the
cathedral — the mother church of the faithful in any
particular area —, a Door of Mercy would opened for
the duration of the Holy Year.
At the discretion
of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened
at any shrine frequented by large groups of
pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so
often grace-filled moments as people discover a path
to conversion” (MV, 3).
Philip opened a Door of Mercy at St John’s
Cathedral, Portsmouth on Sunday 13 December 2015 at
Noon. He then celebrated Mass. On the same day a
similar Door of Mercy opened at Our Lady & St Edmund
of Abingdon Church, Abingdon. Throughout the year,
the faithful are encouraged to go on pilgrimage to
either or both churches.
To arrange a
pilgrimage to the Holy Door at Abingdon, please
contact the parish office on 01235 520375 in good
Bishop Philip's latest Pastoral Letter
Lectio Divina has been used by
the church for centuries as a tool for deepening
prayer life. Meaning 'Spiritual Reading' it is
a way of reading the bible, making your reading a
prayer. It helps you to see how the Holy
Spirit , speaking to you through the bible, has
something to say about your life.
Click here for guide to Lectio Divina for
and here for guide for leaders
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