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Family Life Ministry (FLM)

Diocese of Leeds 

Prayer for the protection of Our Lady



WE fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. NOTES See also Sub Tuum Praesidium

"A LOVE THAT NEVER GIVES UP" Amoris Laetitia #119

FLM Leeds: a brief introduction

Newsletter Sharing the Good News

Parenting Coordinator: Breda Theakston 

  • Parenting Courses
  • Parenting Facilitator training
  • Parenting Training Fund

Call Mobile - 0776 17 15 101

Or Office 0113 261 8050 (usually Tuesdays)  

Email - [email protected] /* */ 

I work one day a week, flexibly, there may be a delay in my response. 



Every human family has an aspect of the Holy Family:

Prayer to the Holy Family by St John Paul II 1980

"God, from whom comes every fatherhood in heaven and on earth,
Father, who art love and life,
grant that every human family on earth may become,
through your Son, Jesus Christ, "born of Woman"
and through the Holy Spirit, source of divine charity,
a true sanctuary of life and love
for generations that are always renewed.
Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and deeds of spouses
for the good of their families
and of all the families of the world.
Grant that the young generations may find in the family
strong support for their humanity
and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of Marriage,
may prove stronger than every weakness and crisis
through which, at times, our families pass.
Lastly, I ask
through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth,
that the Church in the midst of all the nations of the earth
may fruitfully accomplish her mission
in the family and through the family.
Through Christ our Lord,
that is the way, the truth and the life
forever and ever.

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. the home is well suited for education in the virtues (CCC 2223) 
Celebrating Family in The Diocese of Leeds:

Download our latest leaflet to see what's available for
parishes and schools wishing to support parents.
Parenting and Education 
The more we look the more we see evidence that families play a key, the foundational, role in their children's education. Research at UCL into faith and education seems to suggest that 'the religion of upbringing predicts academic outcomes, especially in the longer term, beyond compulsory schooling' (p818)  

">'What Can a Parent Do?' Preview

The parenting courses we use were created by Terri and Michael Quinn, founders of the Family Caring Trust, a charity offering practical community based relationship education for all parents.

Sadly the FCT ceased operations in 2018. The courses are still run in our diocese but on a 'loan and return' basis rather than participants purchasing their own handbooks.   

See the full range

at www.familycaring.co.uk

"The love of parents is so important for a child's
personal development and growth.
It is the gift that
ociety possible. 
Parents surely deserve the best we can offer to help them 
develop their skills and grow in confidence....
We've recently seen, from a number of diocesan projects across
England and Wales, that the immediate and the long-term
benefits for parents,
their children and for the church can be
quite extraordinary."

 Archbishop Peter Smith, Southwark 

'Virtues are also transmitted through play'

Pope Francis 8th May 2018




For all wedding and all marriage preparation enquiries contact your parish priest.

This office no longer offers marriage preparation or marriage preparation presenter training.

MARRIAGE CARE provides one day marriage preparation courses
To volunteer with Marriage Care check www.marriagecare.org.uk/volunteer

FERTILITY: NFP teachers -

Cordelia and Michael Mkpadi (see Links above right for contact details)

Dr Evleeen Mann GP and NFP teacher c.mann@dhfltd.com 07866 235947

CreightonModel Practitioners:
Marene Connor and Alison Thompson (see Links above right for contact details)




Marriage Care at www.marriagecare.org.uk  

FREEPHONE:   0800 389 3801


The Diocese of Leeds is a FULL Member of FAMILIAS, the national Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry.

ASSOCIATE membership is for those who support Diocesan Family Life Ministry.

FRIEND membership is open to anyone.

FAMILIAS Membership Leaflet

FAMILIAS Newsletter 

National Marriage and Family Life Website 

Amoris Laetitia 

Pope Francis in Ireland WMOF 2018 

Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Annulment Guide (4th Edition) 

Domestic Abuse Guidelines

Miscarriage and Baby Loss Week 

Seeking God Together: Families through the life cycle 

How can we help to end violence in Catholic families? a free download from www.paxinfamilia.org

Further Reading on Family Life Ministry  

 "The well-being of the individual person and of human and

Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition

of that community produced by marriage and family"

Gaudium et Spes 47




Grandparents can play a key role in the lives of their grandchildren.
Here are two key links that offer different but complementary resources
Article on 'GrandCamp' USA 





Links to external websites provided on this website have been checked but we cannot take responsibility for the content on external websites or that organisation's affiliations with third parties. Links are provided for information purposes only. The Diocese of Leeds cannot and does not necessarily endorse the content on any links here.

Latest News

27th June 2017
World Meeting of Families 2018

"The World Meeting of Families has given us great hope and encouragement that families are growing more and more conscious of their own irreplaceable role in passing on the faith. Passing on the faith essentially takes place in the family; the faith is passed on in everyday speech, the language of the family." Pope Francis to Irish Bishops. See a collection of what Pope Francis' said during WMOF in Ireland.



19th February 2019
Protecting our people

News of the various child and vulnerable adult abuse scandals in various parts of our church is truly shocking. In August 2018 Pope Francis published a letter to all Catholics. At the World Meeting of Families in Dublin he begged forgiveness for all the abuses of power perpetrated by clergy, religious and other church workers.  More>>

27th March 2018
Assertiveness Course

The most recent delivery of this ever popoular Assertiveness course from the Family Caring Trust finished last term. In all, 16 people (12 participants and four facilitators) attended each week for the last 6 weeks to get to grips with some of the principles of assertiveness and to practice some of those difficult conversations we all face sometimes...like saying 'no'!  More>>

3rd July 2018
Baby Loss Awareness

'Miscarriage and Early Baby Loss' is a new book from Redemptorist Publications. I wrote it from my own experience of enduring several miscarriages and the death of a beautiful and beloved baby daughter.   More>>

29th March 2017
Family Catechesis Course

The new Diocesan Family Catechesis training course has now been delivered four times. 'Inspirational', 'enjoyable' and 'thought provoking' are just a few of the positive comments from participants.


8th November 2018
Walker Family at WMOF

The Walker family, of St Ignatius Parish Ossett, reflected on their experience at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin for the FAMILIAS AGM in Leeds on Wednesday 7th November 2018. More>>
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