Family is Sacred Webinar a Success

Monday 10th August 2020

In January 2020, Bishop John provided a vision for Home, School and Parish partnership as part of Hope in the Future.

Our Vision

Our parishes, schools and families working together in partnership to develop a shared faith journey for our young people.

Our Mission

To provide resources and to facilitate opportunities that enable our parishes, schools, and families to develop closer links, encouraging our young people to grow and develop their faith within their community.

Families are the ‘linchpin’ between school and parish. For many, parents are the first teachers of the faith. During the pandemic, the families working party wanted to provide some support for marriage and family life and the domestic Church.

Delivering the Message

On the 9th July, we hosted an online webinar to introduce the programme ‘Family is Sacred’ which helps to support and enrich marriage and family life.

The programme supports families in their mission of being the salt, light and leaven of the world, thereby helping families live out the Catholic Vision of marriage and family life. A number of people joined the webinar from around the diocese.

There was input from Fr Bryan Cunningham, a Schoenstatt Father who helped to develop the programme and is responsible for Marriage and Family life in the Department for Formation. Fr Bryan explored Marriage & Family Life – As a way to holiness and gave an overview of the ‘Family is Sacred’ programme.

Matthew and Marianne Barnes then delivered a session on the ‘Religious Importance in a family’ giving examples from their own marriage and lives. Attendees were then allocated to ‘breakout rooms’ to discuss how lockdown has affected Marriage and Family life and faith.

After returning to the main room to share, Fr Bryan explained how we hope to offer this programme online in September 2020 and possibly in parishes and deaneries around Spring 2021.

A recording of the session along with the slides are available here:

Webinar Recording
Family is Sacred Webinar PowerPoint Slides

If you would like to take part in the course, help to lead a session (training provided) or would like more information please email


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