Marriage and Family Life

This page provides access to a range of documents produced, nationally or locally, in the lead-up (and the follow-up) to the October 2015 Synod being held in Rome on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World”.

It is hoped that this will aid discussions held in St Columba’s parish in the lead-up period – and thereafter. (The following list of documents: most recent first.)

  • Amoris Laetitia“: “The Joy of Love”, which is Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, setting out his post-Synod reflections. This is a substantial document (264 pages), published on 8th April 2016.
  • Invitation letter to St Columba’s parishioners for the gathering on Sunday 8th March 2015:  The Call 8-3-15
  • Online Response Form  This is a version in Word format of the online response form that was accessible from the main Catholic Church England & Wales website. It seeks comments on the six questions posed in “The Call” document. This Word version can be printed out and completed by hand – for return to Canon Jonathan Mitchell at Cathedral House, 11 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE  before 19th April 2015.
  • The-Call-Leaflet-4-pages-bw    This is an unadorned 4-page version produced by Shrewsbury diocese. Same text but no graphics, black and white, Word format. Includes diocesan contact details and sets the response deadline of 19th April.

See also:

  •  The main website for the Catholic Church of England and Wales – including a section on the topic of Marriage and Family.
  •   The dedicated Marriage and Family Life website of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.