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Marriage and Family Life Commission : Introduction

The Marriage and Family Life Commission of the Diocese of Nottingham aims:

  • To encourage, support and enrich marriage within the diocese
  • To facilitate ministry to those experiencing difficulties in their relationships
  • To nurture family life

To form a network with organisations supporting marriage and family life and share information

The commission pages detailing some of our work are listed to the left of this page below the site menu.

Families and Faith Diocesan Day
at Christ The King School, Arnold, Nottingham.
22nd November 2014

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Marriage Mass 2012

On Sunday 11th March at St Barnabas Cathedral at 3pm there will be the Annual Diocesan Mass celebrating the sacrament of Marriage. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our marriages, and renew our vows to our spouses in the presence of the Bishop of Nottingham. All married and engaged couples are welcome,  especially those newly married, or approaching significant anniversaries.

Fr David Palmer - Chairman

Annual Marriage Mass 2011

On Sunday 13th February, in the afternoon, the annual Marriage Mass was held at St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, celebrated by Bishop Malcolm Mc Mahon. It was organised by the diocesan Marriage & Family Life Commission, and couples celebrating significant anniversaries, and those undertaking marriage preparation were invited, often through their parish priest. The main section of the cathedral was filled with about three hundred and fifty people including many families.

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Interchurch Families: Living Unity Every Day

The Association of Interchurch Families (AIF) in Great Britain was founded in 1969.  ‘Interchurch’ in this context refers to families where the spouses belong to two different Christian traditions (one usually the Roman Catholic Church) who seek as far as possible to share their faith with each other, and with their children, within both their church communities. .................................... Click here to read this article

CEDAR (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources)

A new web resource for Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse has been launched by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Domestic Abuse Working Group.  The aim of CEDAR (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources) is to create an environment within the Catholic community in which domestic abuse is understood and recognised as unacceptable and where appropriate responses are available.

Read more:
Cedar launch
Article by Pearl Clarke who represented the Marriage and Family Life Commission at the CEDAR launch.

Prayer Bags for Children

Make prayer more exciting for your children.... Why not make up a prayer bag to help your child to pray? You might put into it prayers, little booklets, and as they grow up, further prayer books to help them pray at Mass or at home?

There are three sets of materials, a bag for Baptism, one for toddlers and one for the three to fives....
Download these files for more resources. Have fun praying together.

Baptism bag
Toddler bag
3 - 5 years old bag


The National Marriage and Family Life Committee is carrying out a national survey about marriage preparation.
The web link is at They wish to hear from the providers of marriage preparation as well as from the couples being prepared.


Fr David Palmer (Chairman)

Mrs. Christine Mottram (also representing National Board of Catholic Women and Leicester-based)
Mrs. Wendy Edwards (also representing Marriage Care and Nottinghamshire-based)
Mr. Laurence Udall (also Marriage Encounter and Derbyshire-based)
Mrs. Eileen Udall (also Marriage Encounter and Derbyshire-based)
Mrs. Susan Sanderson (Family Project Leader and Lincoln-based)
Mrs. Anna Holliday (Derbyshire-based)

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