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)
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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
"The love of parents is so important for a child's
personal development and growth.
It is the gift that
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
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 email@example.com 07866 235947
Marene Connor and Alison Thompson (see Links above right for contact details)
CONFIDENTIAL EXPERT MARRIAGE
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
National Marriage and Family Life Website
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
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