Marriage & Family

Mission Marriage and Family

Family Formation

The sacrament of marriage and concept of family is a fundamental tenet of the Catholic faith and living a Catholic life. The importance of Life as God-given underlies this belief.

“The family, which is founded and given life by love, in a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives…with love the family is not a community of persons and, in the same way, without love the family cannot love, grow and perfect itself as a community of persons”
Pope John Paul II

A Catholic approach to life's relationship stages are outlined below.

Dating & Engagement

Dating can be a wonderful time in a person’s life - challenging us to grow as individuals and to learn more about others. It can also lead us to grow deeper in faith. Building relationships is at its best when you take the opportunity to enjoy the present moment. 

When you start to date someone, take the time to get to know them - rushing into a serious relationship can add too much pressure. Just enjoy the time you have with that person in the present moment; tomorrow will take care of itself. Prayer can be a vital part of any new relationship

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Wedding Conor

Married Life

The journey to your wedding day becomes an important starting point for your life together as a married couple. You have much to think about as your big day approaches. Remember that what you are doing is preparing not just for a special day, but for the whole of your life together. The Church rejoices with you both and joyfully accompanies you over the coming months.

Marriage Preparation

Family Life and Parenting

Family Life is at the heart of the Catholic faith and teaching. This important aspect of Catholic life is not without its challenges. We are here to provide support - whether it's through your Priest, your Parish community or through one of our Agencies detailed below. 

Atrium / Catechesis of the Good Shepherd runs a regular program in Christchurch. For more information visit their page HERE 

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"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others."

Pope John Paul II